The TRANSFORM Project studies the complex relationships between people and objects and how those relationships can lead to crime.
TRANSFORM doesn’t just focus on criminal acts.
We are interested in legal interactions with objects too.
By learning about the legal and illegal networks that form around antiquities, wildlife, and fossils we hope to better understand why people break the law and to develop better ways to protect these objects.
Dr Simon Mackenzie’s inaugural lecture titled “Cryptocurrency scams and criminology” covered some of the scams currently flourishing in this new and alternative financial system. The lecture is now available online.
Dr Simon Mackenzie will give a talk titled ‘Bored apes and cryptopunks: Can you really make a million flipping jpegs in the new cyber economy of digital art’ to the
Dr. Annette Hübschle makes an appearance on the “Crime Spot meets SHERLOC” podcast. This podcast explores ‘transnational organized crime investigations, whilst drawing on the expertise of UNODC and the open-source
Dr Donna Yates will give a lecture titled “The antiquities trade: Defining a grey market?” at online summer school Cross Border Transfer of Cultural Objects: the Law, Challenges, and Practice.
Dr Donna Yates will participate in roundtable Session #376. “Expanding Horizons: Decolonisation, Contested Ownership of Archaeological Material, and the 1970 UNESCO Convention on Cultural Property” at the 2021 annual meeting
Dr Simon Mackenzie will give an in-person presentation at Annual Conference and AGM held by the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys. Dr Mackenzie will give a talk titled “NFTs:
Oosterman, Naomi, Simon Mackenzie, and Donna Yates (2021) Regulating the Wild West: Symbolic Security Bubbles and White Collar Crime in the Art Market. Journal of White Collar and Corporate Crime,
Hübschle, Annette, Ashleigh Dore, Harriet Davies-Mostert (2021) Focus on victims and the community: applying restorative justice principles to wildlife crime offences in South Africa. The International Journal of Restorative Justice, 4