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Research Profile

Miss Rachel Southworth 

Rachel Southworth
Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences

Address:1-3 Museum Place and offsite


  • 2012: Visiting Researcher at the Department of Applied Social Studies, University of Hong Kong
  • 2008-present: ESRC funded Ph.D. in Criminology at Cardiff University
  • 2005-2006: MSc Criminal Justice Policy (Distinction and Titmuss Prize Winner) at the London School of Economics and Political Science
    Dissertation: A Marriage of Models? Neighbourhood Policing and the National Intelligence Model: A Local Perspective
  • 2001-2004: BSc Hons Sociology (2.1) at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Professional Qualifications

  • 2007-present: Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) Diploma in Investment Compliance
  1. Regulation and Compliance Module (Pass)
  2. Introduction to Securities and Investment Module (Pass)
  3. Financial Services Regulation (To take)


  • 2012 - Graduate Teaching, Department of Applied Social Studies and the English Language Centre, City University of Hong Kong
  • 2009 - Policy Assistant, Financial Crime Team Money Laundering Division, HM Treasury (HMT) (6 month secondment)
  • 2009 - Associate, Financial Crime Policy Team, Financial Services Authority (FSA) (6 month secondment)
  • 2007 - 2008 Policy and Procedure Developer, Surrey Police HQ

Research Interests

  • The Policing and Control of Financial Crimes
    - Fraud, Money Laundering, Terrorist Finance, Proliferation Finance, Bribery and Corruption, Financial Sanctions, Market Abuse, Insider Dealing, Tax Evasion, Data Security
  • Risk and Regulation
  • Public and Private Fraud Partnerships
  • Neighbourhood Policing

PhD Topic/ Area

Thesis: Financial Crime Risk and Regulation: The Role of the UK Banking Sector as Agents of Control

This research explores the interface between the private and public 'policing' of financial crimes. Through an analysis of the evolution of compliance departments and the emergence and role of financial crime departments in the UK banking sector, it explores the external pressures that have reshaped the arena of private policing in relation to financial crimes.  It explores how international banks might define, identify and respond to financial crime risks covering a range of criminal activities, from Money Laundering and Fraud to Terrorism, Financial Sanctions and Market Abuse/Insider Dealing.  Demonstrating that risk is a product of different legal, regulatory, business and ethical concerns, it examines empirically the role that banks play as agents in the financial crime control space, influencing policy and governance at different levels and interacting with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders.

This is an ESRC funded Ph.D. under Prof Mike Levi’s Professorial Fellowship study on the ‘Patterns, Organisation and Governance of Economic Crimes’


Prof Mike Levi

Mr Adam Edwards