The Global Initiative Network

GIN Member

Michael Levi

Professor of Criminology, Cardiff University

Michael Levi graduated from Oxford, Cambridge and Southampton Universities and has been Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University since 1975.  He has researched the control of white-collar and organised crime, corruption and money laundering/financing of terrorism since 1972.  His books include The Phantom Capitalists; Regulating Fraud; and Drugs and Money. 

Recent distinctions include the 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award, British Society of Criminology; 2017 Runner-Up, ESRC’s International Impact Prize; 2014 Sellin-Glueck Award, American Society of Criminology, for contributions to comparative and international criminology; and 2013 Distinguished Scholar Award, International Association for the Study of Organized Crime.

He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales; a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute; and Senior Research Fellow at RAND Europe.

He has recently completed work on the detection of insider cyber threats and pathways to cyber-enabled fraud; co-led an evaluation of the criminalisation of organised crime membership and special investigative measures in the EU; researched the extent and impact of bank de-risking and the process and impact of anti-money laundering evaluations. Current projects include the detection and prevention of online mass marketing frauds; and how domestic and transnational bribery are financed.

Public positions and roles
  • Member, UK Cabinet Office Counter-Fraud Cross Sector Advisory Board;
  • Committee Member, European Criminal Law Association – ECLA (UK);
  • Member, Center for Global Development Working Group on Illicit Money Flows;
  • Advisory Group Member, Internet-Facilitated Organised Crime Threat Assessment (iOCTA), EC3, and Serious Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA), Europol;
  • Scientific Expert, Ad hoc Drafting Group on Transnational Organised Crime (PC-GR-COT), Council of Europe;
  • Member, Group of Experts on Corruption, European Union;
  • Member Strategic Advisory Group, RCUK’s Partnership in Conflict, Crime & Security Research;
  • Member, Committee on the Illicit Tobacco Market, US National Academy of Sciences;
  • Non-executive member, Crime Statistics Advisory Committee, UK Statistics Authority.

Selected publications

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