Dr David Hicks

David Hicks

Position: Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Head of Research in Postgraduate Criminology, MSc Criminal Investigation Programme Leader

College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department: Law, Criminology and Social Sciences

Subject area: Criminology

Research Centre: International Policing & Justice Institute

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I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Head of Research in Postgraduate Criminology and MSc Criminal Investigation Programme Leader at the University of Derby.

I have over 20 years of academic, research and professional experience. This includes national and international recognition as a specialist in financial crime and financial investigation, criminal/financial intelligence, organised crime, and crime prevention. It also includes experience of lecturing in criminology at Cardiff University and the University of Ottawa.

I have completed a substantial volume of funded research, and published in leading academic venues such as Taylor and Francis, Cambridge University Press, Sage and others. 

I currently supervise five (N=5) PhD students in addition to a number of postgraduates/undergraduates. I welcome prospective doctoral research applicants with interests in the following and related areas of study: financial crime, financial investigation, cyber-crime, digital investigation, and organised crime. I have supervised a significant volume of empirical student research projects, undergraduate through to postgraduate and PhD.

Teaching responsibilities

In addition to guest lectures on the undergraduate criminology programme in my areas of specialisation and interest, my main areas of teaching are on the masters criminology programme and these modules include: Applied Research Methods, Independent Study, Financial Investigation Models, and Financial Intelligence and Financial Crime Detection.

Professional interests

My professional interests focus on the topic areas of financial crime, money laundering, financial investigation, financial intelligence, fraud, organised crime, cyber-crime, and digital investigation.

I am a member of the Midlands Fraud Forum (MFF) and sit on its steering committee. Affiliated with the National Network of Fraud Forums, the MFF is a very active body that promotes awareness, education, and good practice in tackling fraud and financial crime affecting the public and private sectors.

Research interests

Running parallel to my professional interests, my research interests focus on the topic areas of financial crime, money laundering, financial investigation, financial intelligence, fraud, organised crime, cyber-crime, and digital investigation.

I review and assess the merits towards potential publication of (academic/professional) journal articles, books, book proposals and other contributions in my specialist field. My input towards the assessment of other authors' contributions has been provided to publishers such as: Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), Palgrave, Routledge, Sage, and Taylor and Francis. 

I welcome requests for reviews of articles and books or associate editor opportunities where relevant to my research and professional interests.

Membership of professional bodies

  • British Society of Criminology (BSC)
  • European Society of Criminology (BSC)
  • Midlands Fraud Forum (MFF).


  • PhD (Cardiff)
  • FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)
  • PCUTL (Cardiff, Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning)
  • MA Criminology (Ottawa)
  • BSocSc Hons Criminology (Ottawa)
  • BSocSc Hons Sociology (Ottawa).

Recent publications


(Forthcoming 2015-2017)

** Hicks, David C . et al.  Cybercrime leads for the Better Policing Collaborative (BPC) sponsored by the Police Knowledge Fund (PKF), financed by the College of Policing, Hefce and the Home Office.  [html]

(Research Grant: £1.1 million for the BPC consortium)


* Alexander, Emma, and Rowan Fogg (supported by Dr David Hicks).  Cybercrime Research in Relation to Fraud, Economic Crime and Financial Crime. Birmingham: Midlands Fraud Forum (MFF). 

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(Research Bursary: £1,000 shared between the Emma and Rowan who were, at the time of the above report, final year criminology students)


** Hicks, David C., Tom Gabor, John Kiedrowski, Michael Levi, and Ronald Melchers.  Economic Sectors Vulnerable to Organized Crime: Securities (Report No. R-026), Ottawa: Public Safety Canada (PSC).

ISBN 978-1-100-19971-9 [pdf]

(Research Grant: $90,400 CAD)

** Gabor, Tom, John Kiedrowski, David C. Hicks, Michael Levi, Ronald Goldstock, Ronald Melchers, Evan Stregger, and Claude Lawrenson.  Economic Sectors Vulnerable to Organized Crime: Construction (Report No. R-027), Ottawa: Public Safety Canada (PSC).

ISBN 978-1-100-19973-3 [pdf]

(Research Grant: $90,400 CAD)

Hicks, David C. “The History of Money Laundering”, in Margaret E. Beare and Joseph K. Goldson (eds.) Encyclopedia of Transnational Crime and Justice, Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.

ISBN: 9781412990776 [html]

Hicks, David C. “Money Laundering, Vulnerable Commodities and Services”, in Margaret E. Beare and Joseph K. Goldson (eds.) Encyclopedia of Transnational Crime and Justice, ibid. [html]


Hicks, David C., and Adam Graycar. “Money Laundering”, in  Mangai Natarajan (ed.) International Crime and Justice, New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 171-177.  ISBN 978-0-521-19619-2 [html]


Hicks, David C.  “Money Laundering”, in Fiona Brookman, Mike Maguire, Harriet Pierpoint, and Trevor Bennett (eds.) Handbook of Crime, Cullompton, Devon: Willan, pp. 712-725.ISBN 978-1843923718 [html]

Recent conferences

  • 8th December 2014, Royal United Services (RUSI) - Strategic Hub on Organised Crime (SHOC) Launch Conference, which was held at the RUSI offices in Whitehall. The focus of the event was what strategies are effective at disrupting organised crime, what do criminal markets look like, and where are the vulnerabilities in the system
  • 21st January 2015, Global Institute of Cyber, Security & Intelligence (GICIS) and Cyber Security Intelligence (CSI) web-sites launch event. Held at the Global University Systems (GUS) offices, Sceptre Court, 40 Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4DX
  • February of each year, Annual Midlands Fraud Forum (MFF) conference typically held at the Tally Ho Conference Facility, West Midlands Training Facility in Birmingham, and relevant MFF masterclasses held in Birmingham and other locations across the midlands.

International experience

Canada and the United Kingdom, and projects with colleagues in various countries and regions (Australia, Europe, United States).

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