#043: Criminology: its not just Law & Order - Dr James Martin

By Jordan Michaelides
December 06, 2017

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    Dr James Martin ( @jamomartin ) is a Senior Lecturer and Criminology Program Coordinator at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University. He has specific expertise in cryptomarkets, online drug distribution, organised crime and vigilantism.

    James (like our previous guest Dr Stephen Bright ) has an exceptional ability to highlight the intricacies and misconceptions of the way in which the general public views illicit drugs, challenging what you believe of the government narrative. His leadership in research on a new and burgeoning field of criminology - Cryptomarkets - is underlined by the fact that his work was referenced in the court case of Silk Road’s accused mastermind.

    Cryptomarkets have had immense success with decentralised protocols like Bitcoin’s Blockchain and the anonymous browser Tor, which emphasise a key geo-socio-political theme we see happening across the entire world - decentralisation.

    This episode will challenge your perception on drug culture, trade and enforcement - hopefully enlightening you along the way. James finds himself continuously reminding people that Criminology is just not as glamorous as TV portrays it - we’re looking at you, Law & Order!

    In this episode we delve into:

    • The catalyst of what got James into criminology

    • What being a criminologist is like

    • Illicit drugs, criminalisation & harm reduction

    • The dark web & darknet

    • Cryptomarkets & Silk Road

    • What cryptomarkets can teach us

    • How drug prohibition doesn’t work

    • Online drug branding: “Fair trade cocaine”

    • Advice to those interested in pursuing criminology

    Enjoy the episode,
    Jordan & Lauren





    Show notes

    • 04:40 - The catalyst of what got James into criminology

    • 07:00 - What being a criminologist is like

    • 09:05 - Illicit drugs, criminalisation & harm reduction

    • 14:35 - The dark web & darknet

    • 17:47 - Cryptomarkets & Silk Road

    • 32:41 - What cryptomarkets can teach us

    • 33:00 - How drug prohibition doesn’t work

    • 37:22 - Advice to those interested in pursuing criminology

    • 40:10 - Morning/evening rituals, stress relief

    • 40:52 - Lessons learnt from his parents

    • 41:45 - Most influential books

    • 43:51 - Best purchase he’s made under $200

    • 46:33 - If he could have a billboard anywhere in Australia


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