A review contribution to environmental crime

current status, development, and future research directions


  • Emmanuel Mensah Aboagye Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Law School
  • Lois Addo Agyepong Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of International and Public Affairs
  • Kwaku Obeng Effah Political Science Department, University of Ghana
  • Selina Annah Brenyah University of Energy and Natural Resource, Department of Planning and Sustainability
  • Alhassan Abdul Majeed University For Development Studies, Department of Biotechnology




Environmental Crime, Environmental Law, Environmental Violations, Bibliometrics


In this study, the researchers find the key spots and recent changes in environmental crime. Using bibliometric analysis, the researchers examined a sample of 772 research from the ISI Web of Science database to find research activity on environmental crime between 2004 and 2022. Also, the researchers visualized the knowledge domains in this field using bibliometric software like CiteSpace and R-Biblioshiny. The research unravels the most influential published articles and authors on their citations and publications and their location and significance within the connection. The researchers further examined the recent themes, identified the barriers to developing literature in this field, and made recommendations for future research. Research on environmental crime globally lacks cross-border collaborations between emerging and developed economies. The researchers concluded the study by recommending three future research directions.



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