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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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: “The Power of Things: Understanding relationships between objects and crime”
25 Sep 2020
Contribute to our Online Conference and Edited Volume...
Call for Abstracts for Edited Book: Crime and Art: Sociological and criminological perspectives of crimes in the art world
15 Jun 2020
Dr Donna Yates and Dr Naomi Oosterman of Erasmus University Rotterdam are seeking contributions...
Yates speaking on Antiquities Coalition Webinar “The Art of Pandemic Museum and Site Security”, 17 June.
09 Jun 2020
Dr Donna Yates will be joining the V&A’s Vernon Rapley and Christie’s Dennis Ahern...
Crime, Corruption, and Collateral Damage: Large Infrastructure Projects as a Threat to Cultural Heritage
The policing of organized crime involves the regular use of predictive methods, which go by a...
"Community Justice," Ancestral Rights, and Lynching in Rural Bolivia
Lynching in Bolivia has been portrayed as a largely routinized and primarily urban occurrence...
Museums, terrorism and security in the United Kingdom
This article explores counter-terrorism security practices at museums in the United Kingdom (UK),...