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Centre for Cybercrime and Economic Crime

Bringing together expertise in cybercrime and economic crime

The Centre for Cybercrime and Economic Crime (CCEC) was founded in 2022 to bring together our extensive knowledge in these areas, and to enhance research, teaching and innovation in these fields.

Our aim is to harness, coordinate and develop the cybercrime and economic crime expertise across the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the wider University, including the School of Computing, the Department of Psychology, and the Faculty of Business and Law.

CCEC also enables greater multidisciplinary working and cooperation between the many other pockets of interest related to cybercrime and economic crime across the University and beyond. 

As one the largest groups of active researchers in these areas in the UK, our members are at the forefront of researching and understanding the challenges posed by cybercrime and economic crime. Their work contributes to solutions that address these risks and enhance societal and organisational security and resilience.

CCEC incorporates and builds upon the work of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies, and includes our Cybercrime Awareness Clinic

Our members have also developed links with Korean academics to jointly study issues in cybercrime and economic crime.   

CCEC research focuses upon these broad areas:

  • Fraud 
  • Corruption 
  • Intellectual property crime
  • Financial regulation 
  • Economic and industrial espionage 
  • Money laundering 
  • Cybercrime
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Digital forensics 
  • Forensic accounting 
  • Prevention, detection, investigation and punishment for cybercrimes and economic crimes
  • Environmental crime
  • Victimology

Research groups

CCEC is built upon four smaller research groups focusing on specific areas of cybercrime and economic crime.

Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Group

We're researching how crime takes place using technology, such as cyber fraud, hacking, online abuse, and its impact on individuals and society. 

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Economic Crime Research Group

We're researching the scale, impact and cost of economic crimes — such as fraud, corruption and money laundering.

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Victimology and Ecological Justice Group

We're researching victims and victimisation, inequality, domestic and online abuse, ecological justice, wildlife crime and climate change.

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Cyber security

We're working to improve the security of the systems used to access assets, and to make the way people access them more secure.

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Cybercrime Awareness Clinic

Part of CCEC, the clinic provides cybercrime awareness advice to individuals, community groups, schools, colleges and small and medium organisations, and conducts research into cybercrime awareness and prevention.

 

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Anglo-Korean Security, Cybercrime and Economic Crime Academic Network (AKSCECAN)

Members of CECC have strong links with researchers in South Korea.

As part of an ESRC funded research project into fraud, cybercrime and ageing in the UK and South Korea, they have established an academic network.

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Our members

Co-Directors

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Professor Mark Button

Professor of Criminology

Mark.Button@port.ac.uk

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

PhD Supervisor

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Dr Vasileios Karagiannopoulos

Associate Professor in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity

vasileios.karagiannopoulos@port.ac.uk

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

PhD Supervisor

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Events

CCEC organises a range of events relating to various aspects of cybercrime and economic crime.

Every June, the Centre hosts a two-day international conference, in person and online, featuring dozens of presentations on a wide range of subjects. In January, we host an online Winter Symposium focusing on specific issues of economic crime. The Centre also hosts a series of seminars on relevant topics throughout the academic year, both online and in person.

 

Please sign up to our mailing list to receive notifications about all of our upcoming events and calls for papers.

 

Upcoming events

We are pleased to announce our next annual conference, the 13th Counter Fraud, Cybercrime and Forensic Accounting Conference, to be held in-person at the University of Portsmouth over two days on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th June 2024. Some plenary sessions will also be live-streamed free of charge.

This year’s conference will feature keynote and plenary speakers including:

  • Professor Rutger Leukfeldt (Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement and Center of Expertise Cybersecurity, Hague University of Applied Scients)
  • Oleksiy Feshchenko (former advisor to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
  • Professor Durgesh Pandey (Professor of Practice, National Forensic Sciences University, India)
  • Andrei Skorobogatov and Ayesha Babar (Home Office, International Fraud)
  • Chris Freeman and Michael Betts (Public Sector Fraud Authority)
  • Cyber Crime Unit, National Crime Agency

In addition to the above, over 30 speakers from across the globe will be sharing their research and expertise on a range of topics including Online Harms, Victims of Fraud, Anti-Fraud Technology, Cybersecurity and Hacking, Digital Threats, Telecommunication Frauds, Beneficial Ownership, Fraud Investigation, Government Responses to Fraud, Fraud Detection, Organised and Environmental Crime, and Auditing.

The aim of the conference is to network, share our research and insights into techniques, ideas, or approaches that help to inform fellow scholars and professionals on  important debates in the field of cybercrime, economic crime and forensic accounting.

The plenary and keynote sessions will be live streamed free of charge.

The full conference programme can be viewed here.

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Opportunities for Sponsorship

There will be opportunities for sponsorship of the conference and for stalls at the conference venue. If you are interested in sponsoring, then please contact ccec@port.ac.uk.

Find out more about last year’s conference

 

 

Past events

The 5th Winter Economic Crime Symposium was held online on 18th January 2024, organised by Dr Branislav Hock, of the Economic Crime Research Group. The event featured sessions on Economic Crime in War and Exploring UK government initiatives to tackle economic crime, bringing together a diverse body of researchers, practitioners, students and other community members. The keynote speech, on Economic Crime and War Crimes, was delivered by Professor Noelle Quenivet, from the University of the West of England. The full programme including speaker biographies is available here.

The Symposium was supported by the Journal of Economic Criminology.

CCEC recently co-hosted the 2024 Annual Terrorism and Extremism Colloquium with the European Society of Criminology Working Group on Radicalization, Extremism, and Terrorism (WG-Extreme). The colloquium included panels on ideologies in online extremist dynamics, extreme misogyny, the methodological challenges of researching online extremism, pathways and recruitment into extremism, incels, conspiracy theories and emerging technologies, ethics and reflexivity and an early career researcher symposium. The keynote speech, on Navigating the Challenges of Researching Online Extremism, was delivered by Jokob Guhl, from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. The full programme including speaker biographies is available here.

For full details of the programme including speaker biographies, click here.

The 12th Counter Fraud, Cybercrime and Forensic Accounting Conference, which took place on 14th and 15th June 2023, was hosted for the first time by the Centre for Cybercrime and Economic Crime and was a huge success, welcoming over 300 in-person and online delegates from across the globe, with over 50 speakers sharing their research and expertise. Over 60 organisations were represented, including higher education, banking and financial services, government agencies, law enforcement, crime prevention, technology, research, insurance and loss adjusting, accounting, law and auditing. Read more…

 

The Centre for Cybercrime and Economic Crime recently launched a series of online “fireside chats” – discussions between Centre co-directed Dr Vasileios Karagiannopoulos and industry leaders from the fields of cybersecurity, risk management and governance/compliance, sharing their insights regarding topical issues and associated challenges they are facing and that have a wider impact for the UK, its businesses and citizens.

For our first session we welcomed Onur Korucu (Managing Partner and Advisory Board Member of Govern ID, a WomenTech Global Ambassador and Council Member and International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Ireland Chapter Chair) for a fascinating discussion about  digital transformation of the EU and its impact on the UK. The event was recorded and you can watch the video here. If you would like to be kept informed of the date and time of our next fireside chat, please subscribe to our mailing list.

CCEC news

Festival of crime

Wannabe crime fighters - May the Force be with you at the Festival of Crime

18 March 2024

Wannabe crime fighters - May the Force be with you at the Festival of Crime
Vakhtang Paresishvili, Deputy Head of Investigation Service

University announces new economic crime partnership with the Ministry of Finance of Georgia

22 February 2024

University announces new economic crime partnership with the Ministry of Finance of Georgia
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New study finds anti-piracy messages backfire, especially for men

14 February 2024

New study finds anti-piracy messages backfire, especially for men
Dr Karagiannopoulos

University of Portsmouth joins forces with Almaty Policy Academy to fortify cybercrime defence

18 December 2023

University of Portsmouth joins forces with Almaty Policy Academy to fortify cybercrime defence
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New report finds scammers are repeatedly targeting older people

14 November 2023

New report finds scammers are repeatedly targeting older people

CCEC blogs and podcasts

Conference poster

Conference aims to tackle the global threats and challenges of cyber and economic crime

Conference aims to tackle the global threats and challenges of cyber and economic crime
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US sanctions on Iranian hackers highlight growing concern about the Islamic Republic’s cyberwarriors

US sanctions on Iranian hackers highlight growing concern about the Islamic Republic’s cyberwarriors
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12th Counter Fraud, Cybercrime and Forensic Accounting Conference

12th Counter Fraud, Cybercrime and Forensic Accounting Conference
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Call for Papers - Researching Online Extremism

Lisa Sugiura

Call for Papers - Researching Online Extremism
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Pyramid schemes are on the rise – but do those who join up deserve prosecution or compensation?

Pyramid schemes are on the rise – but do those who join up deserve prosecution or compensation?

Research publications

See all CCEC research outputs on PURE

You can also view a list of books, articles and reports by CCEC members on their staff profiles.

Our members' most recent work related to cybercrime and economic crime is below.

Featured publications

The Journal of Economic Criminology

Our members are at the forefront of developing the sub-discipline of ‘economic criminology’, and have been involved in setting up the Journal of Economic Criminology.

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Explore our courses in cybercrime and economic crime

The University of Portsmouth offers a wide range of courses related to cybercrime and economic crime, from undergraduate to Doctorate level. We also offer campus based and distance learning options for some courses. Many of our general criminology degrees also offer cybercrime and economic crime modules. 

We can also provide bespoke courses and accreditation, please contact us for further information.

Postgraduate research degrees, Professional Doctorates and PhDs

Criminology postgraduate research degrees

Explore our pre-approved Criminology PhD projects, learn more about our MPhil and other research degrees, and find out how to join the thriving research community at the University of Portsmouth.

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PhD

Discover why you should do your PhD at the University of Portsmouth – and explore the subject areas you can study in, how to fund your PhD, and how to apply.

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