Dr Paul Gilmour is Senior Lecturer in Economic Crime and course leader of the MSc Economic Crime (campus) degree at the University of Portsmouth. Prior to this, he served for nearly 20 years in the UK police service, most recently, as a detective specializing in criminal investigations.

He is involved in a range of research and teaching activities within economic crime and organised crime. His research focuses on issues of financial secrecy, offshore finance, freeports, and beneficial ownership transparency. He is intrigued with understanding the characteristics of offshore jurisdictions, the methods used to conceal beneficial ownership, and how governments and regulatory bodies attempt to control illicit offshore activities and markets.

He also researches the role of blockchain technology in registers of beneficial ownership, financial regulation of crypto assets, and issues associated with smart contracts, the metaverse, and decentralised finance.

Academic Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) (Sussex), MSc PhD PGCertHE (Portsmouth).

Professional Qualifications

  • PIP-2 Serious and Complex Crime.
  • ABE, Tier-2 Investigative Interviewing, FLO.

ResearchGate profile

Research interests

  • Beneficial ownership transparency.
  • Tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions, and offshore finance.
  • Freeports.
  • Anti-money laundering control.
  • Money laundering and tax evasion.
  • Financial technology and regulation.
  • Application of blockchain technology.
  • Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and cryptocurrencies.
  • Organised crime and Illicit markets.

I welcome proposals for doctoral research supervision in the above subject areas.

Media availability

I have made media appearances on radio and for national television, and am available to speak on areas of economic crime and policing.