Outputs

The final report will be released on May 2020.

Preliminary outputs

Publications

Lavorgna A and Rekha GS (forthcoming) From horticulture to psychonautics: an analysis of online communities discussing and trading plants with psychotropic properties.

Lavorgna A, Middleton SE, Pickering B and Neumann G (2020, forthcoming) FloraGuard: tackling the online illegal trade in endangered plants through a cross-disciplinary ICT-enabled methodology. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.

Margulies J, Bullough LA, Hinsley A, Ingram D, Cowell C, Goettsch B, Klitgard B, Lavorgna A, Sinovas P and Phelps J (2019) Illegal wildlife trade and the persistence of “plant  blindness”. Plants People Planet 1(3):173-182

Presentations, Workshops and Posters

Conference presentation – Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference, San Antonio, March 2020, “FloraGuard: tackling the online illegal trade in endangered plants through a cross-disciplinary ICT-enabled methodology”

Conference presentation – American Society of Criminology Conference, San Francisco, November 2019, “FloraGuard: tackling the online illegal trade in endangered plants through cross-disciplinary approaches”

Conference presentation – European Society of Criminology Conference, Gent, September 2019, “FloraGuard: understanding and supporting law enforcement needs and challenges to tackle the online illegal trade in endangered plants”

Poster – SIGIR-2019, Paris, July 2019, “Location Extraction from Social Media: Geoparsing, Location Disambiguation and Geotagging” SIGIR-2019-poster-printers-draft

Workshop – DSTL, London, May 2019, “Next Autonomy Challenge: Decision Support for Military Commanders”

Invited Seminar – Cardiff University, Cardiff, February 2019 , ” Information Extraction and Analytics from Social Media and Online Marketplaces: UK Illegal Plant Trade, Military Intelligence Analysis, Breaking News” Cardiff-2019-middleton-v1

Poster – NCSC Safety vs Security Workshop, Southampton, January 2019, “FloraGuard: Tacking the illegal online trade in endangered plants” NCSC-2019-FloraGuard-poster-v

Workshop – London, October 2018,, “Raising the profile of plants in ITW policy: an evidence-based agenda setting workshop”. Evidence to Action. Research to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade. Zoological Society of London.

Panellist, London, October 2018, “Online wildlife trafficking: a criminological perspective”. Evidence to Action. Research to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade. Zoological Society of London.

Invited Seminar – UCL, London, October 2018, “Geospatial research into social media and online marketplaces: Disaster management, Breaking news and UK illegal plant trade” UCL-2018-middleton-v3

Invited Talk – SciCar-2018, Dortmund, September 2018, “AI supporting content verification and analysis: Session: Automated Fact-Checking: The way to go?” SciCar-2018-middleton-v3

Invited Talk – 10th European Regional CITES Meeting on Plants, Palermo, September 2018, “Wildlife trafficking goes cyber: myths, trends and challenges”.

Outreach

Festival of Social Science event “Opportunities and challenges in curbing wildlife trafficking”, University of Southampton, November 2019 https://esrcfestivalofsocialsciencesouthampton.org/

Ministerial AI Roundtable – Cabinet Office, London, July 2019, “Ministerial AI Roundtable: use of AI in policing chaired by Policing Minister Nick Hurd”

Media reporting

“New tool will detect illegal trades in wildlife, say researcher”, WiredGov , October 2019