Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
Professor Mark Button
- Qualifications: BA (Hons) (Exeter), MA (Warwick), PhD (LSE), Pg.Cert (Portsmouth), FSyI.
- Role Title: Director of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies
- Address: Ravelin House, Ravelin Park, Portsmouth, PO1 2QQ
- Telephone: 023 9284 3923
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
- Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Mark Button is Director of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth. Mark has written extensively on counter fraud and private policing issues, publishing many articles, chapters and completing six books with one forthcoming. Some of the most significant research projects include leading the research on behalf of the National Fraud Authority and ACPO on fraud victims; the Department for International Development on fraud measurement, Acromas (AA and Saga) on ‘Cash-for-Crash fraudsters’, the Midlands Fraud Forum, Eversheds and PKF on ‘Sanctioning Fraudsters’. Mark has also acted as an advisor for the United Nations Offices on Drugs and Crime on Civilian Private Security Services. Mark also holds the position of Head of Secretariat of the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board. Before joining the University of Portsmouth he was a Research Assistant to the Rt Hon Bruce George MP specialising in policing, security and home affairs issues. Mark completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Exeter, his Masters at the University of Warwick and his Doctorate at the London School of Economics.
- Counter fraud strategies
- Fraud measurement
- Private policing
- Private security
- Regulation of private security
- 2011 awarded £20,000 from Midlands Fraud Forum, Eversheds and PKF to research the sanctioning of fraudsters (Mark Button Principal Investigator, with Graham Brooks, Chris Lewis, David Shepherd and Alison Wakefield).
- 2011 awarded £21,400 from Department for International Development to develop research methodology to measure fraud in overseas aid (Mark Button Principal Investigator, with Graham Brooks, Chris Lewis and David Shepherd).
- 2011 awarded £1500 to lead seminar at the Department for International Development on measuring fraud.
- 2011 awarded £18,400 from Acromas Group to research insurance fraud ‘cash for crash’ scams (Mark Button Principal Investigator, with Azeem Aleem, Graham Brooks and Chris Lewis).
- 2011 awarded £10,200 from PKF as sub-contractor to Kennedy Scott and the GMB to conduct research on Welfare to Work for Difficult to Employ Groups (Mark Button Principal Investigator, with Andy Bain and David Pritchard).
- 2010 awarded £2800 from Saga/Acromas for assessment of their counter fraud strategy with a particular reference to anti-fraud culture.
- 2009 awarded £75,800 from National Fraud Authority and Association of Chief Police Officers to conduct research on the victims of fraud in England and Wales.
- 2008 awarded £21,000 from HEIF 3 Development Fund to establish a Centre for Counter Fraud Studies.
- 2004 awarded with Barry Loveday, Robin Fletcher and Dean Blackbourn £39,000 from East Hampshire District Council, Winchester City Council and Isle of Wight Council to conduct crime audits.
- 2004 secured circa £75,000 from NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service to fund research assistant looking into counter fraud specialists in the public sector.
- 1998 awarded with Tim John and Nigel Brearley £4,650 by University of Portsmouth to research ‘Policing the New Social Protest Movements - A Case Study of the Extractive Industries’.