The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Environmental Investigations: Going Undercover

Sometimes, the only way to get the story out is to go in undercover.

These investigations can be the trickiest that a researcher will ever take on and come with a range of risks and potential pitfalls, but with the climate in crisis and on the brink of full collapse, and many vested interests keeping their deals well hidden, occasionally the means are justified.

Two experienced investigators will discuss successful undercover investigations that they have recently pulled off and describe their methods, the preparation required and give some practical tips and tricks for getting in and out safely and ethically.

This class is part of the CIJ Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI).

30 June 2022 – Environmental Investigations: Going Undercover


Damian Kahya

Damian Kahya is Editor of Unearthed, Greenpeace’s investigative journalism team. Before joining Greenpeace he worked at the BBC both in the UK at the Business unit and overseas in Bolivia. He has also worked for Prospect and the New Statesman.

Julian Newman

Julian Newman has worked for the London-based NGO Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) since 1997. EIA was established in 1984 to investigate, expose, and campaign against environmental crimes. He joined the organisation as an Investigator, and during his time at EIA he has carried out field investigations into a range of environmental crimes, including illegal logging, smuggling of ozone-depleting chemicals and hazardous waste, as well as illicit trade in ivory and tiger parts.
  • 30 June 2022 09.00–10.00
Location: Room LG01 - PSH Building - Goldsmiths, University of London
All levels