Emiline Smith

PhD Student


Working Title of PhD:  Cultural Property in Transit: the Case of Hong Kong

Institution/Organisation: University of Glasgow

Full or part-time: Full-time

Year commenced PhD study: 2013

PhD Supervisors: Prof Simon Mackenzie (1st); Dr Neil Brodie (2nd)


This project will explore the structure and nature of the trade in cultural property in and out of transit nations, especially free ports. Interviews with various actors involved in the trade in cultural property in and out of Hong Kong, as well as documentary research, will shape a criminological ethnography of one of the most important transit cities in the world. This much-needed analysis of policy and governance regarding the cultural property trade in transit ports such as Hong Kong from a socio-criminological perspective will clarify the role of transit cities within the cultural property trade, and the circumstances that facilitate this role.


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