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Criminology and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: the need for support and critique


Blaustein, J and Pino, NW and Fitz-Gibbon, K and White, R, Criminology and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: the need for support and critique, British Journal of Criminology, 58, (4) pp. 767-786. ISSN 0007-0955 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/bjc/azx061


The UN Sustainable Development Goals address a number of criminological issues. This article accounts for why criminologists should contribute to this agenda in a way that might benefit the international development community. We acknowledge a heightened risk of crime in parts of the Global South but argue criminologists should cautiously embrace this agenda as a platform for achieving human and sustainable development outcomes. Supporting this agenda means assisting with the design, implementation and evaluation of projects that contribute to safe, just and sustainable societies. From a critical standpoint, it also means challenging harmful or inappropriate initiatives and resisting attempts to capitalize on this agenda for political gain. Both modes of engagement are informed by the values of ‘caution’, ‘scepticism’ and southern epistemologies. The article then proceeds to examine three areas where criminological research can make important contributions: building safe and just societies, eliminating gender-based violence and promoting environmental justice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sustainable development goals, crime control, rule of law, international development, gender-based violence, green criminology, southern criminology
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:White, R (Professor Rob White)
ID Code:121941
Year Published:2018 (online first 2017)
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-10-23
Last Modified:2018-08-08

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