By Carla Capizzi
Ronald Clarke will be honored Nov. 14 by Rutgers University, Newark, with the Chancellor’s Excellence Award for exceptional contributions to research. Immediately prior to the award ceremony and reception, Clarke will give a public talk on “Criminology and the Conservation of Endangered Species,” explaining his research on wildlife crime -- the poaching of endangered species and illegal killing of wildlife.
This free event will be Thursday, Nov. 14, from 4:30 -7 p.m., in the Paul Robeson Campus Center Multipurpose Room, 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark NJ 07102-1898.
Clarke, a university professor in the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, is a resident of Milburn, N.J. His research focuses on environmental criminology and situational crime prevention, in relation to the problem of poaching of endangered species, by examining poaching markets and the likely intervention points to disrupt them.
Interim Chancellor Todd Clear, who will present the award, stated, “Dr. Clarke is the founding theorist of one of the most influential approaches to crime prevention in the field of criminology: situational crime prevention. Reviews of the field have named him one of the 50 most important thinkers in criminology since the beginnings of the field almost two centuries ago. Dr. Clarke is in constant international demand as a speaker, and has produced a movement in criminology through mentoring dozens of students.”
Commenting on his research, Clark explains, “At first sight, criminology and conservation might seem to have little in common; conservation is concerned with protecting endangered habitats, while criminology seeks to explain what motivates people to commit crime.” More....