Criminology and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: The Need for Support and Critique

Jarrett Blaustein, Nathan W. Pino, Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Rob White

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The UN Sustainable Development Goals address a number of criminological issues. This article
accounts for why criminologists should contribute to this agenda in a way that might benefit the
international development community. We acknowledge a heightened risk of crime in parts of the
Global South but argue criminologists should cautiously embrace this agenda as a platform for
achieving human and sustainable development outcomes. Supporting this agenda means assisting
with the design, implementation and evaluation of projects that contribute to safe, just and
sustainable societies. From a critical standpoint, it also means challenging harmful or inappropriate
initiatives and resisting attempts to capitalize on this agenda for political gain. Both modes of
engagement are informed by the values of ‘caution’, ‘scepticism’ and southern epistemologies. The
article then proceeds to examine three areas where criminological research can make important
contributions: building safe and just societies, eliminating gender-based violence and promoting
environmental justice
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)767-786
Number of pages20
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


  • sustainable development goals
  • crime control
  • rule of law
  • international development
  • gender-based violence
  • green criminology
  • southern criminology

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