Professor Michael Levi

Senior Associate Fellow | SHOC Network Member - Researcher


Professor Michael Levi (MA, Dip Crim, PhD, DSc (Econ)) has degrees from Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton and Cardiff Universities and has been Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University since 1991.

He has been conducting international research on the control of white-collar and organised crime, corruption and money laundering/ financing of terrorism since 1972, and has published widely on these subjects as well as editing major journals. 

Current posts include president, US National White-Collar Crime Research Consortium; member, European Commission Group of Experts on Corruption; member, Illicit Trade and Organized Crime Council, World Economic Forum; member, Committee on the Illicit Tobacco Market, US National Academy of Sciences; member, EC Proceeds of Crime Confiscation Expert Working Group and Asset Recovery Office Working Group; independent member, UK Statistics Authority Crime Statistics Advisory Committee; and member, Economics and Resource Analysis Unit Advisory Panels on Security and Civil Liberties and on Crime and Policing, Home Office.

He is on the small advisory group to Europol on the Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment and on the internet-enabled Organised Crime Threat Assessment.

In 2013 he was given the Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Association for the Study of Organised Crime, and in 2014 he was awarded the Sellin-Glueck prize for international and comparative criminology by the American Society of Criminology.

He has recently co-authored a review of the Global Surveillance of Dirty Money, in collaboration with the IMF; led and presented to the European Parliament the first study of The Economic, Financial & Social Impacts of Organised Crime in the European Union (European Parliament, 2013, PE 493.018); led a study of how Mexican business could combat organised crime; and reviewed critically what has been learned from practice and law in financial investigation in drugs cases, Drug Law Enforcement and Financial Investigation Strategies.  

He is currently engaged in work for CPNI and EPSRC on the detection of insider cyber threats, and public-private sector collaboration in the policing of economic crimes; on what works in crime reduction for the UK College of Policing & ESRC; and evaluating the criminalisation of organised crime membership and special investigative measures in the EU for the European Commission. 

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