Transnational Environmental Crime Project (TEC)

Project leader(s)


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The Transnational Environmental Crime (TEC) project investigates emerging trends in transnational environmental crime and examines the conditions for successful regulatory and enforcement responses.

Transnational Environmental Crime – including wildlife smuggling, timber trafficking, the black market in ozone depleting substances and other regulated or prohibited chemicals and wastes, illegal fishing and the ‘new’ crime of carbon fraud – is estimated to be one of the fastest growing areas of global criminal activity. As well as the environmental impacts and costs involved, TEC presents significant regional and global challenges through the involvement of criminal groups and smuggling syndicates, and its links with cross-over crimes such as corruption, money laundering and fraud. Our research will generate empirical advances and theoretical innovation through the application of network models to an under-researched area of transnational crime and an improved knowledge base for the development of informed and effective policy-making, law enforcement and compliance tools.

Professor Lorraine Elliott

My research focuses on global governance and human security, transnational environmental crime, regional environmental governance in Southeast Asia, environmental security, climate security and...

Yunbo Jiao

Yun-bo is a criminal police officer from Jinquan Police Station in Chengdu, China and completed a Masters degree in Criminology at the Chinese People’s Public Security University (CPPSU)...

Sophie Saydan

Sophie Saydan has been with the ANU since 2011 when she was first employed as a Research Assistant for the Department of International Relations’ Transnational Environmental Crime (TEC) project....


Transnational Environmental Crime Project: Black trade, criminal networks and enforcement responses

Professor Lorraine Elliott

The Transnational Environmental Crime (TEC) project at ANU, funded by the Australian Research Council and the Australian Government's Department of the Environment (DoE) under the ARC Linkage Scheme...


Transnational Environmental Crime (TEC) Workshop 2013


The Transnational Environmental Crime (TEC) Project team invite you to attend the TEC Workshop, to be held in Canberra on Wednesday, February 13 at the Australian National University. The workshop...


International Conference on Transnational Environmental Crime: illicit networks and enforcement networks


The Transnational Environmental Crime project, based in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University, will host an international conference in Canberra on 15...


Transnational Environmental Crime Project - official launch July 19 2011


There will be an official event to launch the Transnational Environmental Crime project. Date: 19 July 2011 Place: APCD Lecture Theatre, Hedley Bull Centre, Australian National University,...


The Transnational Environmental Crime Project office is located in the Hedley Bull Building situated on the corner of Liversidge and Garran Roads on ANU campus.

Postal address

Transnational Environmental Crime Project
Department of International Relations
Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
Hedley Bull Building
130 Garran Road
Acton ACT 2601 Australia

Telephone and fax

T +61 (0)2 6125 2165
F +61 (0)2 6125 8010


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