Trafficking Culture is a research consortium that produces evidence-based research into the contemporary global trade in looted cultural objects.
Our researchers, based at Maastricht University, Oxford University, University of Victoria at Wellington, and University of Glasgow, combine criminological and archaeological expertise. Our work is geographically diverse and interdisciplinary.
By conducting innovative quantitative and qualitative research we have established a body of reliable evidence that supports the formulation of effective cultural heritage protection policy. We are committed to raising awareness about these issues through social media, on-line education, and professional training.
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Yates speaking at online conference“Opportunities and Challenges of Art and Antiques Market Management” 24–25 Nov
18 Nov 2020
Dr Donna Yates will be speaking at a 2-day international online conference (24 and 25 Nov)
Yates speaking at online UNESCO conf “Mechanisms in fighting trafficking in Cultural Property” 18 Nov
05 Nov 2020
Dr Donna Yates will be speaking at a three-day online conference (16 to 18 Nov) hosted by the...
Simon Mackenzie’s New Book Out Now!
20 Oct 2020
Simon Mackenzie’s book Transnational Criminology: Trafficking and Global Criminal Markets has...
Global Trade in Stolen Culture and Nature as Neocolonial Hegemony
In this chapter, we first argue for a green criminological perspective on culture as well as...
The “art world” of the auction houses: The role of professional experts
Auction sales of unprovenanced, likely stolen, cultural objects continue to generate controversy.
Restorative justice? Questions arising out of the Hobby Lobby return of cuneiform tablets to Iraq
The aim of this paper is to understand the harms potentially caused to Iraq by the looting and...