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Kristian Lasslett is Professor of Criminology at Ulster University and sits on the Executive Board of the International State Crime Initiative. He is joint Editor-in-Chief of State Crime, a leading international peer reviewed journal, and co-founder of the investigative research centre, UzInvestigations. Kristian’s investigative research focuses on criminogenic intersections of state and corporate power, the transnational structures that facilitate elite criminality, and the communities of resistance that emerge in opposition.


This focus has been operationalised through fieldwork on the extractive industries in South-East Asia and Central Asia, in addition to investigative work on grand corruption, kleptocracy, asset recovery, land-grabbing and forced eviction. Kristian has published on a range of subjects in leading international journals and edited collections, including scientific method, state theory, investigative research methodologies, decolonial theory, state-corporate crime, corruption, and forced eviction.


His investigations into corruption and transnational crime have appeared in the BBC, The Guardian, Radio Free Europe, Open Democracy and Tages-Anzeiger. He is the producer of the feature documentary Ophir and project director of web-documentary series, The Colonial Syndrome. His first book State Crime on the Margins of Empire was published by Pluto Press in 2014. His second book, Uncovering The Crimes of Urbanisation, was published by Routledge in 2018.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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