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Emiline Smith

Lecturer in Criminology, University of Glasgow

Dr Emiline Smith is a Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Social and Political Sciences, and a member of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, at the University of Glasgow.

Her research concerns the trafficking of ‘special’ commodities, such as antiquities and wildlife. Her research primarily focuses on Asia; she has done fieldwork in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore and Thailand. She explores how and why participants take part in illicit transnational trades, and how urban settings, especially ‘global cities’, facilitate such trade. Emiline’s obtained her PhD in Criminology at the University of Glasgow in 2019.

Her research focused at Hong Kong as a global city, taking a ‘glocal’ approach to understanding the global antiquities trade in a local transit context. Prior to becoming a Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, Emiline worked as a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Liverpool in Singapore. She has done research at the University of Hong Kong, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.

Emiline is also a member of the Trafficking Culture Research Consortium, a group of researchers that works to produce evidence-based information about the global illicit trade in cultural objects.