Trafficking Culture is a research consortium that produces evidence-based research into the contemporary global trade in looted cultural objects.
Our researchers, based at University of Glasgow, Oxford University, and the University of Victoria at Wellington, 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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Emiline Smith to speak at American Society of Criminology meeting in San Francisco, 16 Nov
01 Nov 2019
Dr Smith will be presenting a paper entitled “In search of excitement and sensation:...
Neil Brodie speaking in Cyprus at Conference on Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property, 24–26 October
18 Oct 2019
Dr Brodie will be presenting the results of the recently-completed EU Study on trafficking of...
Donna Yates presenting at the European Commission Experts Group on Return of Cultural Objects
17 Oct 2019
On Thursday 17 October Dr Yates will be in Brussels presenting recommendations for regulating the...
Museums, terrorism and security in the United Kingdom
This article explores counter-terrorism security practices at museums in the United Kingdom (UK),...
G’psgolox Totem Pole
A First Nations totem pole which was removed from Canada under controversial circumstances and...
Through a Glass, Darkly: Long-Term Antiquities Auction Data in Context
The antiquities catalogues of major auction houses comprise an accessible long-term source of...