Dr Katie Benson

Lecturer in Criminology


Dr Katie Benson is Lecturer in Criminology at Lancaster University, where she teaches and researches in the areas of money laundering and organised, white-collar and financial crimes. Before joining Lancaster, Katie was 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. She has 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.

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 accountancy 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 legal professionals in the facilitation of money laundering, and the criminal justice and regulatory responses to this.

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