Advocates and Authorities: Who should speak for and about Nature?


Part of the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies Philosophy Club.

Start Date

23rd May 2018 4:00pm

End Date

23rd May 2018 6:00pm


“The Galley” Level 3, IMAS Waterfront Building, Salamanca

RSVP / Contact Information

No RSVP required. Enquiries: Larelle Bossi,

presented by

Rob White

Professor Rob White

University of Tasmania

Nature is defined in its broadest sense to include ecosystems, non-human animals and plants. This discussion explores social constructions of expertise, tradition, intimate and emotional knowledge, experience, science, values and ideology in regards the natural world, in which humans are a significant and integral part.

It asks the questions 'how do we know what we know', and 'whose knowledge is or should be valued and/or privileged', both in reference to speaking on behalf of nature and having expert knowledge about nature. Such matters are essential considerations in claims pertaining to eco-justice, courtroom and legal processes, and determinations of environmental, ecological and species harm (and victimisation).

About Rob White

Rob White is a Professor of criminology, with a particular interest in green criminology. He has pioneered the field internationally and has written seven books on the topic. He is Director of the Criminology Research Unit, Academic Director of the Centre for Applied Youth Research (CAYR), and a member of the Tasmanian Sentencing Advisory Council. His research is focused on social and ecological justice, criminology and youth studies. He collaborates internationally on transnational law enforcement. He is also interested in innovative justice, particularly restorative justice, rehabilitation and desistance from crime.