Dr Amber Phillips

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About me

Having initially trained as a translator, my journey as a criminologist began in 2012 while I was living and working in Calabria, Italy. My experiences with anti-mafia organisations inspired my AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Bristol, which I successfully defended in 2018. I was appointed Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire in 2018, before joining UWE as Senior Lecturer in Criminology in 2020.

 My primary research interest is in transnational organised crime, and I continue to develop and maintain collaborative partnerships with law enforcement practitioners in the UK and abroad. I have published my work in international journals including Trends in Organised Crime, and I am a member of the ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime, as well as the RUSI Strategic Hub for Organised Crime.

I lead the final year core criminology module Transnational Crime and Comparative Criminology and the optional final year module Organised Crime, as well as the Crime, Media and Culture module in the second year.

Area of expertise

  • Organised crime
  • Mafia-type crime
  • Transnational crime
  • Financial crime
  • Crime and the media


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