Dr Tanya Wyatt's research specialisms are wildlife trafficking and animal welfare. She was the project leader for the Scottish Government and DEFRA-funded project ‘Scoping Research on the Illegal Puppy Trade and Puppy Farming’ investigating the nature and scope of illegal and irresponsible puppy breeding and trade happening within England, Scotland and Wales.
Tanya was also the co-investigator on a British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship about the trade and trafficking of wildlife between Mexico and the EU. She is helping to continue this avenue of research on an EU funded project, which is further exploring approaches to sustainable and traceable trade. In collaboration with Dr Angus Nurse at Middlesex University, Tanya and Northumbria colleagues are beginning a project investigating the links between animal abuse and inter-human violence for the League Against Cruel Sports and the Spanish organisation, CoPPA (Coordinator of Professionals for the Prevention of Abuses).
Tanya was recently awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Leadership Fellowship for her proposed two-year project ‘Lessons learned on the implementation of and compliance with the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)’. She is dedicated to decreasing wildlife trafficking and her research uncovers how this is facilitated through corruption and organised crime. She has written numerous books and articles on the topic, including Wildlife Trafficking: A deconstruction of the crime, the victims and the offenders published by Palgrave Macmillan.