Green Criminology as Decolonial Tool: A Stereoscope of Environmental Harm

  • David Rodríguez Goyes


While green criminology has grown in its scope and orientation, the field is still limited, being primarily practiced by Northern, and with publications written almost exclusively in English. In this chapter, I argue that because of its ability to study instances of environmental degradation, green criminology could be used as decolonial tool by identifying, exposing and confronting cases of colonial environmental discrimination, marginalization and exploitation. Using the example of Colombia, I argue that one way green criminology could aid the decolonial project of Southern criminology is by being a ‘stereoscopic tool’. This approach, while allowing for the recognition of colonial dynamics, also facilitates combining Western and Southern knowledge, ideally resulting in deeper analyses of both environmentally harmful practices and the potential and actual responses to them.


Colonialism Decolonial project Green criminology Southern criminology Western science 



I wish to thank Mari Kvam, Hernando Rodríguez Palacino, Sveinung Sandverg, Ragnhild Sollund, John Todd, Tanya Wyatt and in general my colleagues in the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo.


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  1. 1.Department of Criminology and Sociology of LawUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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