Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Political Science

First Advisor

Gregory Howard

Second Advisor

J. Kevin Corder


This paper presents a comparative analysis of 20 articles exploring the criminological dimensions and environmental challenges in the Global South and the Global North, specifically in Bangladesh and the United States. The findings reveal striking similarities among the authors of the works in both regions, emphasizing the pressing need for greater diversity and inclusivity in Green Criminology. The research highlights the distinct and often overlooked environmental challenges faced by residents in the Global South, underscoring the importance of incorporating insights and perspectives from scholars in this region to foster a more comprehensive understanding of environmental issues on a global scale. The unique environmental challenges encountered by communities in the Global South seem to be overshadowed or underrepresented in the existing body of literature under the research terms. This critical observation serves as a call for scholars to broaden their scope and embrace a more inclusive approach to studying Green Criminology. By integrating perspectives from researchers in the Global South, a more holistic and balanced portrayal of environmental issues can be achieved, bringing us closer to effective solutions. The examination of two distinct contects – Bangladesh and the United States, has shed light on the diverse perspectives and opportunities that advocate for the development of a more inclusive Green Criminology. The analysis reveals that both regions face distinct environmental challenges, demanding a nuanced understanding that can only be attained through the integration of Southern voices in the discourse. This study is concerned with the uprising idea that Northern criminology is dominating the Green Criminology or environmental harm field of study in Southern nations and therefore hindering the help and research for specific threats and risks that may be imposed in Southern areas of the world. Based on the claim by Kerry Carrington, Russell Hogg, and Máximo Sozzo in Southern Criminology that “Northern” criminology developed in wealthy, western nations have come to be seen as veracious and therefore applied universally. I do not tend to disband the empirical and conceptual advances that Green Criminology has produced over the last century, but to compare, based on readings and research, if Green Criminology can have a different effect on different areas and if Northern criminology findings are getting in the way of Southern studies of environmental issues. By comparing the Southern country of Bangladesh to the Northern country of The United States, I hope to gain a new perspective on what Green Criminology is and how it may be alike or different in terms of how it is studied, portrayed, practiced, and defined in these two different parts of the world.

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