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Wildlife crime

Photo: Steven-Hille-3506

Wildlife crime

Why do poachers commit crimes where and when they do? How can the vast areas of nature reserves most effectively be patrolled by ranger teams. Starting from an environmental criminology perspective, this PhD project investigates poaching problems in South Africa. It addresses questions regarding poacher behavior and ranger team effectiveness. The project analyzes ranger tracking data, geo-referenced poaching sites, and data from poaching detection experiments. It also uses agent-based modeling to understand how ranger team operations can most effectively be organized.

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Stijn Ruiter
Professor / Senior Researcher

Trained as a quantitative sociologist, specialised in geographic and environmental criminology, interested in understanding why crime happens where and when it does and rigorous testing of its explanations.