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Paul Michael Gilmour

Senior Lecturer in Economic Crime, University of Portsmouth

I lecture at the University of Portsmouth’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ). Prior to this, I served for nearly 20 years in the UK police service, most recently as a detective specializing in criminal investigations. I am involved in a range of research and teaching activities within economic crime, organised crime and policing.

My research focuses on issues of secrecy, offshore finance, and beneficial ownership transparency. I am 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.

I am also interested in the financial regulation of cryptoassets (such as non-fungible tokens [NFTs] and cryptocurrencies); the role of blockchain technology in registers of beneficial ownership; smart contracts; the metaverse; and decentralized finance (DeFi).


  • 2023–present
    Senior Lecturer in Economic Crime, University of Portsmouth
  • 2020–2023
    Lecturer in Criminal Justice and Policing, University of Portsmouth


  • 2022 
    University of Portsmouth, PhD
  • 2019 
    University of Portsmouth, MSc Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption
  • 2003 
    University of Sussex, BSc Biochemistry

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners