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Dr Paul Gilmour is Senior Lecturer in Economic Crime and course leader of the MSc Economic Crime (campus) degree at the University of Portsmouth. Prior to this, he served for nearly 20 years in the UK police service, most recently, as a detective specializing in criminal investigations.

He is involved in a range of research and teaching activities within economic crime and organised crime. His research focuses on issues of financial secrecy, offshore finance, freeports, and beneficial ownership transparency. He is intrigued with understanding the characteristics of offshore jurisdictions, the methods used to conceal beneficial ownership, and how governments and regulatory bodies attempt to control illicit offshore activities and markets.

He also researches the role of blockchain technology in registers of beneficial ownership, financial regulation of crypto assets and related issues associated with smart contracts, the metaverse, and decentralized finance.

Academic Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) (Sussex), MSc PhD PGCertHE (Portsmouth).

Professional Qualifications

  • PIP-2 Serious and Complex Crime.
  • ABE, Tier-2 Investigative Interviewing, FLO.

ResearchGate profile

Research Interests

  • Economic crime.
  • Anti-money laundering control.
  • Offshore finance.
  • Freeports.
  • Money laundering and tax evasion.
  • Tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions.
  • Beneficial ownership transparency.
  • Financial regulation of cryptoassets.
  • Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and cryptocurrencies.
  • Application of blockchain technology.
  • Organised crime and Illicit markets.

I welcome proposals for doctoral research supervision in the above subject areas.

Media Availability

I have made media appearances on radio and for national television, and am available to speak on areas of economic crime and policing.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Combating economic crime and secrecy: Policing challenges and countermeasures

Award Date: 18 Jul 2022

Other, Fellow of Advance HE, Advance HE

Dec 2022 → …

Award Date: 1 Dec 2021

Other, Certified Fraud Examiner, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Award Date: 1 Dec 2019

Master of Science, Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption

Award Date: 23 Oct 2019

BSc (Hons), Biochemistry, University of Sussex

Award Date: 7 Jul 2003

PgCert, Higher Education

External positions

External examiner, Brunel University London

4 Oct 2022 → …


  • K Law (General)
  • Economic crime
  • Anti-money laundering
  • Organised crime
  • Tax evasion
  • Beneficial ownership transparency
  • HG Finance
  • Offshore finance
  • Financial Regulation
  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • Blockchain Technology
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Cryptoassets


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