An ancient mosaic from the site of Zeugma, Turkey. It was destroyed by looters.

Introducing the team

The following antiquities trafficking and art crime experts contributed to the making of this course. You’ll see some of them in the upcoming videos and others participating in online discussion.

Prof Simon Mackenzie (Educator)


Simon Mackenzie is Professor of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington. He is also a member of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow. He is a member of the Trafficking Culture research group.

Simon researches and teaches in the areas of white-collar crime, organised crime, and transnational crime, co-ordinating three undergraduate courses under those titles at VUW, and supervising PhD students. His empirical research in recent years has been in qualitative and ethnographic work on trafficking networks in cultural objects, and analytical and threat assessment work in organised crime policing. Simon is a member of the editorial boards of the British Journal of Criminology and the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice.

You can view many of Prof. Mackenzie’s publications here.

Dr Christos Tsirogiannis (Guest Educator)


Christos Tsirogiannis is a Greek forensic archaeologist with expertise on international illicit antiquities networks. He works to identify illicit antiquities depicted in confiscated archives of convicted antiquities dealers and contributes to their return by publishing them in his regular column, “Nekyia”, in The Journal of Art Crime.

Dr Tsirogiannis received his Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Cambridge, on the international illicit antiquities network viewed through the Robin Symes–Christos Michaelides archive. He has published various cases of previously undetected illicit antiquities.

You can view many of Dr Tsirogiannis’ publications here.

Meg Lambert (Mentor)


Meg Lambert is a PhD Candidate at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow.

Her current research focuses on how academic and museum actors have both affected and been affected by the illicit trade in West African cultural objects. She also writes extensively on crimes of the powerful within educational institutions.

Christine Weirich (Mentor)


Christine Weirich is a PhD Candidate at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow.

Christine’s research focuses on the use of situational crime prevention theory and social network analysis to the international illicit antiquities market. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in History of Art and Theatre Design with a focus in Philosophy, then received her Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. Following her Masters, she went on to work at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas.

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Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime

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