Dr Emiline Smith
- Lecturer (Sociology)
Dr Emiline Smith is a Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Social and Political Sciences. She is a Fellow at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Hong Kong, and a member of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, the Trafficking Culture Research Consortium, and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. Prior to becoming a Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, Emiline obtained a PhD in Criminology at the University of Glasgow and worked as a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Liverpool in Singapore.
Emiline’s research concerns the protection, securitization and repatriation of cultural and natural resources, such as antiquities and wildlife. She is further interested in different forms of transnational and white-collar crime. She explores how and why participants take part in illicit transnational trades, and how urban settings, especially so-called ‘global cities’, facilitate such trade. She is also interested in crimes on and against the ocean. Her research primarily focuses on Asia: she has done related fieldwork in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Emiline advises several non-/governmental organizations about these topics. Her research has been published in numerous journal articles, book chapters, and media articles, and has been funded by a variety of prestigious funding bodies, including the UK Global Challenges Research Fund, the Scottish Government, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Price Bernard Culture Fund and U21.
Emiline recently wrote and published a children's book titled 'Pema and the Stolen Statue from Dolpa'. The story centres around a young girl named Pema, who learns more about the unique cultural heritage of her region and sets off to return a stolen statue to its rightful place. To learn about the book, order a copy and donate to support efforts to protect Dolpa's cultural heritage, see: www.stolenstatues.com
- 2022-23 ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. Project: ‘Inspiring Nepal’s Future Generation to Protect Cultural & Natural Heritage’ (PI);
- 2021-22 SCCJR Development Fund (PI): 'Tracing Informal and Illicit Plastic Waste Disposal in the Maldives' (PI);
- 2021-22 SPS ECR Support Fund. Project: ‘Beheaded Buddhas & Empty Stupas: Looting and Trafficking of Sri Lankan Cultural Objects’ (PI);
- 2020-21 GCRF Small Grants: 'Art, Feathers & Crime: New Approaches to Studying Natural and Cultural Heritage Trafficking in Indonesia' (PI);
- 2020-21 U21 Researcher Resilience Fund (PI): New Research and Teaching Pathways in the Digital Age: Addressing Challenges and Opportunities for Criminologists and Sociologists During Covid-19' (PI);
- 2019-21 GCRF Small Grants (PI): 'Global synchronization and the illicit antiquities trade: understanding community crime prevention in post-earthquake Nepal and Myanmar' (PI).
Dr Smith accepts PhD proposals in the areas of art crime, trafficking and repatriation of cultural objects, wildlife trafficking, green criminology, blue criminology, illicit trade and trafficking networks, and global and comparative criminology. Those interested in studying with her are asked to include both their CV and an abridged project proposal in any inquiries.
- Hanrahan, Claire Marie
Neutralisation Techniques Among Curators in the Acquisition of Antiquities