Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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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: St Georges Building, 141 High St, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3923
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  • 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 seven 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 a consultant for the United Nations Offices on Drugs and Crime on Civilian Private Security Services and for the United Nations Development Programme on Improving the Civilian Oversight of Security in Turkey. 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.  

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Security Management (M Level)
  • Countering Fraud and Corruption (M Level)
  • Private Policing (Level 6)
  • Introduction to Security Management (Level 4)


  • Private policing
  • Security management
  • Security officers
  • Private security regulation
  • Counter fraud
  • Fraud measurement
  • Fraud policing and punishment
  • Fraud victims

Research profile

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