EKU's Bill McClanahan First Graduate Student Ever to Present at British Environmental Event

An Eastern Kentucky University graduate student’s recent presentation at an event in Great Britain broke a barrier.

Bill McClanahan, a second-year master’s student in EKU’s School of Justice Studies, became the first graduate student ever to present as part of the annual Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Green Criminology Research Seminar.

His presentation of a paper entitled “Access, Pollution and Criminalization: Do-It-Yourself Responses to Water Issues,” came Oct. 4 at the Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne. The day-long international seminar, the fourth of six taking place at different locations in the United Kingdom between October 2012 and July 2014, focused on all forms of pollution as well as the dumping of traditional and electronic waste and included a discussion on the economic, political and social implications of such toxic environments and emerging black markets in waste and prohibited products.

“That an American was the first graduate student – and a master’s student, to boot – speaks volumes of Bill and EKU,” said Dr. Avi Brisman, assistant professor in EKU’s School of Justice Studies.

McClanahan’s presentation, which can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ0nmJxLjr0, earned plaudits as well from Dr. Tanya Wyatt, senior lecturer in criminology at Northumbria and principal investigator for the ESRC Green Criminology Research Seminar Series.

“Bill did a great job,” Wyatt said. “His presentation highlighted that conundrum in green criminology of allowing the harmful and criminalizing truly green practices. He is the only master’s student to present in the series, and the Economic and Social Research Council is the funding agency for social sciences in the United Kingdom, so the events are quite prestigious.

“He was also the reason that the Newcastle Youth Offending Team Manager, David Parks, came because Bill’s work touches on environmental engagement strategies the Youth Offending Team has been using with rehabilitating high-risk youth offenders.”

Published on October 23, 2013

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