November Winner - Serge Lokshin
Congratulations to Serge Lokshin, one of our November researchers!
"My name is Serge Lokshin and I am currently in my second year of graduate studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, specializing in criminology. Prior to my entry into the criminology master’s program, I attended York University in Toronto where I completed my undergraduate degree in criminology. I found the discipline fascinating and intellectually rewarding, bringing with it much potential for future studies. I wanted to take my passion for research, theoretical thinking, writing and sociality further and so pursuing a master’s degree seemed like the perfect fit for me.
I have a diverse array of research interests within the criminological field including: juvenile justice from a comparative perspective, models of crime control and their function (e.g., crime prevention through social development, crime prevention through environmental design), organized crime including international drug smuggling networks and the illicit trade in illegal wildlife (i.e., trade in wildlife flora and fauna), as well as the dynamics of crimes of globalization. I have also gained a deep appreciation and interest for environmental crimes and the emerging field of “green criminology”.
My primary research interest and focus for the purposes of my master’s thesis is the comparative study of juvenile justice and trial proceedings. More specifically, I am interested in understanding the role of the courts in processing youth as well as the perpetuation of stigmas (i.e., social, cultural) that result from their interactions within the criminal justice system. My study sets out to examine both the Canadian and Russian contexts with respect to the topic of juvenile delinquency and will shed some crucial light on this issue. It is essentially a ‘compare and contrast’ study in order to understand the functions and differences in juvenile delinquency across international and legal contexts.
My aim is to continue expanding my knowledge and understanding of the complex and fascinating field of criminology, in order to apply the valuable skills both within and outside of the academic environment. Continuing to be actively engaged with research and making exciting new contributions is certainly something that I will always aspire towards. I envision myself promoting my knowledge and skills and extending my passion for criminology into a doctorate degree."