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.


Yates gave a presentation at “The Market for Latin American Antiquities” conference organised by co-organized by the Centro Latinoamericano-Suizo de la Universidad de San Gallen, the Museum der Kulturen Basel and Musée d’ethnographie Neuchâtel

On 2 November Dr Donna Yates gave a presentation titled “Crime in Collections: Patterns, Priorities, and Hidden Knowledge” at a conference “The Market for Latin American Antiquities” organised by co-organized

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