Dr T.(Tim) B. Boekhout van Solinge
Tim is an Amsterdam-based independent criminologist and consultant. He holds a MA in human geography and a PhD in criminology.
He is a versatile international (scientific) expert in international drug control/trafficking and forest/wildlife crime, especially in tropical and equatorial rainforests.
Specialized in the geographical and criminological analysis of (international) illegal activities and trafficking routes in various countries and regions: drugs (cannabis, cocaine, heroin), prostitution and human trafficking, and since 2004 mainly eco-crime, forest/wildlife crime, natural resource exploitation and conflicts.
Tim is the author of various books and numerous articles and reports on reports on international drug trafficking, drug control, forest and wildlife crime, natural resource exploitation and (armed) conflicts, as well as on prostitution and human trafficking. Since 2004 he is leading criminological expert in forest crime, deforestation, natural resources, wildlife and (armed) conflicts.
He has various publications on his name about illegal logging, arms trafficking and armed conflicts in West and Central Africa (including a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Organized Crime, 2014). In 2016 he was (criminological) lead author of the Global Forest Expert Panel on Illegal Timber.
Specialised in (ethnographic) fieldwork and interviewing, Tim has over two decades of experience in research and fieldwork in Europe and elsewhere: Caribbean, Middle East, South America (esp. Brazilian Amazon), North and East Africa, and South East Asia.
Tim has over two decades experience with interviewing many types of respondents; from gangsters and forest tribes to diplomats, law enforcers, and EU policy makers. Since 1996 he has been regularly consulted, formally and informally, consulted as scientific expert in the field of drugs crime and forest crime (by Commission, Council, Parliament and EEAS).