Walking at the edges of green criminology

The edges of the city and the extraordinary consequences of ordinary harms



Atmosphere, City, Green criminology, More-than-human, Ordinary harms, Urban criminology


Positioned at the periphery of green and urban criminology, this article focuses on the heuristic value of the edge. Examining the urban physical edges - the continued horizontal (outwards) and the vertical (upwards) sprawl of our cities - exposes numerous urgent harms. Employing the concept of atmosphere, I explore both phenomenological and ontological atmospheres. This leads me to interrogate the edge between (slow) ordinary and (more immediate) extraordinary environmental harms, highlighting the need to move beyond binary conceptions of human and more-than-human concerns. I develop the concept of ‘the city beyond the city’, which transcends the material urban edges to further untangle green and urban criminological boundaries.

Author Biography

Kajsa Lundberg, University of Melbourne

Kajsa Lundberg, is a Swedish doctoral researcher in Criminology at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research centres on social and environmental justice, environmental harms, fire in various locations and urban public spaces. Kajsa is currently teaching qualitative research methods at the University of Melbourne and working as a Research Fellow in Urban Innovations at the Melbourne Centre for Cities. She has previously published on mobility and fire in Crime, Media, Culture.