Senior Criminology Lecturer’s Work Published

14/05/2021 by Sinead Staunton

Sarah Watson

Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Newman University, Sarah Watson, has seen a chapter published within an edited book, entitled Gun Trafficking and Violence.

The book addresses the issues of gun trafficking and gun violence across different regions of the world, including the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania. It seeks to identify global key trends on gun trafficking and related violence and discuss different enforcement measures. Each chapter is written by teams of distinguished academics and/or experienced practitioners to include practitioner insights and policy proposals on issues related to gun violence and gun trafficking. Chapters offer an overview of violence and recent gun control debates in the regions, enumerate challenges, provide lessons learnt, and recommend policy solutions. An overview of the global small arms trade is provided at the beginning alongside a comparative analysis of common challenges and significant differences across the regions.

Sarah’s chapter, which she has co-authored, aims to discuss the security challenges that are associated with firearm possession, weapon trafficking and the misuse of firearms in Europe. It seeks to explore how these challenges might be most effectively addressed, and the efficacy of proposed solutions. Two separate but related aspects of these issues are considered, firstly the regulation of ‘domestic’ gun ownership, and secondly, the policing of illegal firearms and the disruption of their supply.

This book speaks to those in Criminology, International Relations, Public Policy, International Security, Public health and Law, and to civil society organizations, think tanks, research centres, policy analysts and policy makers involved in gun control debates.

The book can be previewed and purchased on the Palgrave website.