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.
Sarah Gambell (Educator)
Her research evaluates the tactical value of digital technology for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage objects and sites in conflict. Focusing primarily on applications in the Middle East, she studies the use of databases, haptic 3D models and 3D reconstructed spaces as a means for continued public access to heritage in conflict zones.
Sarah recently completed her MSc Collecting and Provenance in an International Context master’s program at the University of Glasgow, where her research focused on the restitution of cultural heritage objects and how digital information is managed in policy documents.
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