Dr Kassim Noor Mohamed

Kassim Noor Mohamed

Position: Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice

College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department: Law, Criminology and Social Sciences

Research Centre: International Policing & Justice Institute

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Before joining University of Derby, Kassim was a Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University and a Tutor in Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent International College and for four years prior to that was a Sessional Lecturer in Criminology at Nottingham Trent University. Modules he taught both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, include: Principles of Social Science; Introduction to the Criminal Justice System; British Culture and Society; Crime Prevention; Hi-Technology Crime; Organised and White Collar Crime; Research Methods, Core issues in Crime and Punishment and Policing modules.

As a former Senior Customs Officer with over 20 years of professional enforcement experience. he specialised in field operations, which included surveillance, intelligence gathering, detection and prosecution of organised smuggling and customs fraud syndicates.

In the UK, he was employed with the National Probation Service as a Probations Services Officer, stationed at HMP Whatton, Nottinghamshire. This is a category C prison, which holds over 800 adult male sex offenders. his primary duty in this role was as an accredited Facilitator in the Sex Offenders Treatment Programme (SOTP) for inmates of the prison.

Teaching responsibilities

Module Leader for International Criminology and Introduction to Criminological Theory

Research interests

Kassim's principal research interests lie in the areas of serious, organised, specialist, transnational and corporate crime. He is particularly interested in Asian organised crime groups and their modus operandi. He has professional experience of research and intelligence gathering with regard to smuggling and Customs fraud detection, apprehension and prevention.Kassim is very interested in supervising research on topics such as organised & corporate crime, abduction, piracy, kidnap for ransom, smuggling, counterfeiting,  fraud, intelligence, surveillance and investigations, informant handling and criminal careers.

His doctoral research thesis was an in-depth case study of a successful professional Triad kidnapping group and their organised criminal network. The thesis explored key explanatory factors for the group's involvement in serious kidnap for ransom. The project also focuses on modus operandi of kidnapping for ransom and the tolerance of crime that may perpetuate victimisation.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow – Higher Education Academy
  • British Society of Criminology
  • Asian Criminological Society


Research qualifications

  • 2011 - PhD in Criminology  (Examined and passed without corrections and conditions) Nottingham Trent University

Postgraduate qualifications

  • 2006 - MSc Research Methods (Criminology) – Commendation – Nottingham Trent University
  • 2012 - Post Graduate Certificate Learning and Teaching in Higher Education – Distinction (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy[FHEA])- Birmingham City University.

Undergraduate qualifications

  • 2005 - BA (Hons) Criminology – 1st Class Honours – Nottingham Trent University

Recent publications


  • Noor-Mohamed, K, and Noor-Mohamed, J. (2014). 'Negotiating The Ethical Minefield: Fieldwork Experiences of Researching Dangerous Subjects', In Il-Su Kim and Jianhong Liu (editors), Contemporary Trends in Asian Criminal Justice: Paving the Way for the Future, pp. 205-231, Seoul: South Korea, Korean Institute of Criminology.  ISBN: 978-89-7366-143-5


  • Noor-Mohamed, M.K. (2014) ‘The Definitional Ambiguities of Kidnapping and Abduction, and its Categorisation: The Case for a More Inclusive Typology’, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, DOI: 10.1111/hojo.12028
  • Noor-Mohamed, M.K. & Noor-Mohamed, J. (2012) No Evidence of Absence: Successful Criminals and Secret Societies, British Society of Criminology Online Journal. Vol.12: 41-60
  • Noor-Mohamed, M.K. (2008) Kidnap For Ransom in Southeast Asia: The Case for a Regional Recording Standard, Asian Journal of Criminology, 3(1): 61-73


  • Noor-Mohamed, M.K. (2017) The Successful Criminal: Conversations with a Kidnapper. Flashmount Publishing (In Press)

Recent conferences

  • Kidnap For Ransom: Organised Crime and Terrorism Nexus”.  International Conference on Security, Technology and Intelligence, 17th – 18th August 2016, National Defence University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia(Invited Speaker)
  • “No Evidence of Absence: Successful Criminals and Secret Societies”. British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, 4th – 6th July 2012, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth
  • “Negotiating the Ethical Minefield: Fieldwork experiences of researching dangerous subjects. 3rd Asian Society of Criminology Conference, 17th-19th December 2011, Taipei, Taiwan (Invited Speaker)

Additional interests and activities

  • Visiting Professor (Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice) – Netherland Maritime Institute of Technology, EduCity, Kota Iskandar, Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia.
  • Commissioning Editor – Internet Journal of Criminology
  • Special Edition Commissioning Editor: Anti-Corruption, Intelligence-Led Investigations Journal Series
  • Editorial Board- Internet Journal of Criminology

Experience in industry

  • Birmingham City University 2010-2013 Lecturer in Criminology
  • Nottingham Trent International College 2009 Tutor in Social Sciences
  • Nottingham Trent University 2005-2008 Sessional Lecturer in Criminology
  • National Probation Service 2003-2006 Probation Services Officer/ Security Officer

International experience

Project Manager – Accreditation of Training in collaboration with Royal Malaysia Police Training Department and Training Centres, Malaysia


Consultancy with Royal Malaysian Customs Intelligence Division (2007). Organised and lead intelligence, surveillance, detection and apprehension of a major organised mobile phone smuggling and distribution syndicate. Result: Recovery of contraband worth the equivalent of £1 million pound sterling.

In the media

Subject matter expert on topics such as organised & corporate crime, secret societies, abduction, piracy, kidnap for ransom, smuggling, counterfeiting, fraud, intelligence, surveillance and investigations, informant handling and criminal careers.

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