Investigative Journalism and Antiquities Trafficking Research


Some of the most significant research in the area of antiquities related crimes has come from investigative journalists. Journalism on this topic is stellar, and it has shaped policy, practice, and academia. I assign books by investigative journalists to my students because they are simply the best books in this field.

Because of this I was honoured to be invited to contribute a short piece on “Investigating Antiquities Trafficking” to The Global Investigative Journalism Network’s (GIJN) “Organized Crime Guide”. More high quality, journalistic focus on the topic of crimes related to cultural objects means more exposure of the social harms in this area. If I can encourage that, I’m there. Journalists: don’t hesitate to contact me if you are working on a story.

The piece for GIJN can be found here:

I’ll also be speaking on this topic at the GIJN conference on 2 November. Details about the conference are available here: