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Aitor Ibáñez Alonso (1991) is a young researcher with expertise in Global Criminology, particularly in the illegal wildlife trade and organised crime. He recently graduated Cum Laude in MA in Global Criminology (2020) at Utrecht University with a research thesis on the illegal trade in European eels. He is currently interested in further developing his academic career in green criminology, in particular the relationship between the illegal wildlife trade and the outbreak of zoonotic diseases.
Whereas traditionally the study of the illegal wildlife trade has been focused on species that consider the facet of the Western world as a consumer or transit hub, the study of the illegal trade in European eels is a landmark opportunity to deem the role of Europe as a source area for wildlife trafficking. Based on a mixed methods research design,...
Cultural bias has meant an unavoidable obstacle to any Social Sciences discipline such as Criminology, whose contributors have been undermined by this spurious element. Criminology has ignored the cultural approach on the grounds that a culture (consisting of, essentially, the inner values from a society) cannot foster to break the rules. Recent so...
After the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic, zoonotic diseases -diseases transmitted from animals to humans- have dominated the central stage of the world debate and policy agenda. While its study has traditionally belonged to biomedical sciences, this research project aims to add a criminological view to such literature. Concretely, it aims to und...
The convergence between wildlife trafficking and other serious crimes has received increasing attention within criminological studies. The present study examines how and why Mexican organized crime groups, in particular drug cartels, have shifted their operations from drug trafficking into specific parts of the illegal trade in totoaba maw. By draw...
El sesgo cultural ha supuesto un escollo inevitable para cualquier disciplina de las Ciencias Sociales, como la Criminología, cuyos contribuyentes no han quedado al margen de verse influidos por este elemento espurio. La Criminología ha prescindido del enfoque cultural bajo el argumento de que una cultura (compuesta esencialmente por los valores in...