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I am a Principal Lecturer in Accounting, Economics and Finance in the Faculty of Business and Law. I am the Course Director for accounting postgraduate taught courses.

My background is in practice as a forensic accountant for a Big Four firm and, prior to that, in audit. My research and teaching are focused on financial accounting, forensic accounting, and economic crime, particularly in relation to sport.

I am a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and a Fellow of the HEA (now Advance HE).


I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PKF (now BDO), undertaking audits across a variety of business sectors, preparing financial statements, performing due diligence work and providing business services to SMEs.

I then spent 8 years working as a forensic accountant for Deloitte in London, including disputes and expert witness work; fraud, insider trading, bribery, and corruption investigations; regulatory and US sanctions compliance work; and AML, compliance, and fraud risk reviews. During this time, I was also a member of accounting training teams, including acting as a financial expert for advocacy training for the Inner Temple.

I joined the Accounting and Financial Management subject group at the University of Portsmouth in 2015. I have written, lead, and co-deliver a football finance course for the Premier League's EAM program, and co-authored a report on football financial sustainability for DCMS published alongside the Government Response to the Fan Led Review of Football Governance.

Research Interests

I am interested in research in the areas where forensic accounting, financial accounting, corporate governance, and economic crime interact with sport.

My current research interests include:

  • Corruption in sport
  • Football finance
  • Financial education of athletes
  • Corporate and sport governance

Teaching Responsibilities

I am the Course Director for the accounting postgraduate courses in Accounting, Economics and Finance.

I teach Fraud Examination and Forensic Investigations; Valuations and the Expert Report; and Introduction to Sport, Business and Management. I lead the Premier League's EAM Finance module, and also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

In prior years, I have taught both undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including Corporate Governance, Financial Crime, Ethics, and Controls; Financial Forensics and Investigations; Financial Analysis and Modelling; Advanced Financial Accounting; Financial Crime and the Law; and Expert Witnessing and Dispute Resolution.

Media Availability

I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research, and am aware of the needs to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me directly on either christina.philippou@port.ac.uk or +44 23 9284 4836.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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