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Dr Katie Benson

Lecturer in Criminology

Katie Benson

C31

Bowland North

LA1 4YN

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 593347

Office Hours:

During Summer term, my office hours are 11am-1pm on Wednesdays.

PhD supervision

Willing to supervise PhD students in the areas of: organised crime and illicit markets; white-collar, corporate and financial crime; money laundering.

Profile

Dr Katie Benson is a Lecturer in Criminology at Lancaster University, where she teaches and researches in the areas of money laundering and organised, white-collar and financial crimes. Katie previously worked as a Research Associate in the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Manchester, where she was involved in projects on (anti-)bribery and corruption in multi-national businesses, domestic bribery, and the cross-border distribution of counterfeit alcohol.

Katie was awarded a PhD in Criminology from the University of Manchester in 2016; the ESRC-funded project focused on the facilitation of money laundering by legal and financial professionals. She also holds an MRes in Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies (Distinction; University of Manchester) and an MSc in Criminology (Distinction; University of Leicester).

Katie's primary research focus is the involvement of legitimate professionals in the facilitation of money laundering, and the criminal justice and regulatory responses to this. A research monograph on this subject will be published by Routledge in 2018/19.

Katie previously worked as Knowledge Manager for the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency and as an Intelligence Analyst within UK law enforcement, and has worked with, or provided advisory/consultancy services to, various government bodies, law enforcement organisations, research institutions and investigations.

Research Interests

Katie's primary area of research is the role played by legitimate actors (e.g. lawyers, accountants and other financial service providers) in the facilitation of money laundering, and the criminal justice and regulatory responses to this. She is currently writing a monograph in this area, based on her PhD research, entitled: Lawyers and the Management of Criminal Proceeds: Understanding the Facilitation of Money Laundering.  

Katie's broader research interests cut across the fields of 'white-collar' and financial crime, illicit markets, regulation, and the management of criminal proceeds. She has been involved in research on bribery in multinational businesses, domestic bribery, and the cross-border distribution of counterfeit alcohol. Other current projects focus on developing an alternative framework for the conceptualisation and analysis of money laundering, and promoting new voices and emerging research in the fields of (anti-)money laundering, (counter-)terrorist financing and asset recovery. 

 

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