Dr Emiline Smith


University of Glasgow


Dr Emiline Smith is a Lecturer in Art Crime and Criminology at the School of Social and Political Sciences, and a member of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, at the University of Glasgow. She is the convenor for the University of Glasgow’s Postgraduate Certification in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime. Prior to becoming a Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, she obtained a PhD in Criminology at the University of Glasgow and taught at the University of Liverpool in Singapore. She has previously worked as a research assistant and teaching assistant at the University of Hong Kong, the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.

Emiline’s research concerns the trafficking of ‘special’ commodities, such as antiquities and wildlife. Her research primarily focuses on Asia; she has done fieldwork in Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Myanmar and Singapore. She explores how and why participants take part in illicit transnational trades, and how urban settings, especially so-called ‘global cities’, facilitate such trade.

Emiline’s interests include: transnational crime; the illegal antiquities trade; crimes of the powerful; cultural criminology. She supervises Master-level Criminology students at the University of Glasgow and accepts proposals from potential PhD students.

Research themes:
• Crimes of the powerful
• International, global, transnational

Recent publications:
• https://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/KGyb5ckjI2rrFjKMAnBZ/full
• https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/lasr.12333


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