Ongoing research and projects

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CPD Course - Preventing fraud and Corruption in the healthcare sector

This CPD course will help employees in the healthcare sector to monitor, assess, design, and implement a counter fraud and anti-corruption healthcare strategy. This CPD is a level 7 course that will appeal to both the national and the international professional market.

This course is developed under the auspices, and delivered through, the University of West London.  

Development of a higher education in Security Management in Sweden

Security Management and enhanced professionalism has become an increasingly important issue in organizations. Currently there is no higher education in Security Management available in Sweden. It is the ambition of ASIS Sweden to actively promote and work for the establishment of such an education.

Private investigations in Sweden

Today, the reach of the private security industry extends to almost all responsibilities traditionally reserved for the police. Regulation is constantly trying to catch up with the ever-changing scope and nature of private security. When looking at security industry regulation in the European Union, Sweden enjoys one of the most comprehensive frameworks. There are, however, gaps and private security investigation is one, which if left unchecked could lead to a dangerous commodification of security services.

Completed research and projects


This research examines the regulatory systems for the private security industry in the European Union (EU).
Building upon other studies to compare regulatory systems it proposes a much more sophisticated approach to assess the quality of regulatory systems using 22 different criteria based on two areas: legislation and societal foundations. From this analysis a maximum of 100 points are possible and the paper is able to rank 26 of the 28 member states of the EU.


This paper will begin by exploring the role of private security in society. It will then move on to consider the main phases in the development of private security regulation in Europe. Following on from this some of the main areas of policy development will be considered, such as European bodies, initiatives and standards. Finally the paper will explore some of the potential options for the future in better regulating the European private security sector. 

Norms, values and corruption
(Book Chapter)

One of the reasons for the inefficacy of anti-corruption policies may be the rather large variations in values and norms across the world. One of the reasons for the inefficacy of anti-corruption policies may be the rather large variations in values and norms across the world. The procurement process, identified as particularly susceptible to be influenced by acts of corruption, will serve as the backdrop for this discussion.  Revolving around a case study the idea is not to argue for a single case to be representative of anything more than it is, but to exemplify the discussion in a highly tangible and understandable manner. 

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iFHP 2018 FAWE Resilience Report

The iFHP 2018 FAWE Resilience Report developed in collaboration with the University of West London [UWL]. Its purpose is to evaluate a range of indicators regarding fraud, error and waste in the healthcare insurance sector. These indicators will help all iFHP members understand current and future threats and issues that need to be addressed. It is the first report of this type ever undertaken.


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An almost finished research project is in its final stages - updates to follow…




Prof. Mark Button
Director of the CCFS
University of Portsmouth

Mark Button, the doctoral supervisor of Peter Stiernstedt, is Director of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth. Mark has written extensively on counter fraud and private policing issues, publishing many articles, chapters and completing six books with one forthcoming.

Some of the most significant research projects include leading the research on behalf of the National Fraud Authority and ACPO on fraud victims; the Department for International Development on fraud measurement, Acromas (AA and Saga) on ‘Cash-for-Crash fraudsters’, the Midlands Fraud Forum, Eversheds and PKF on ‘Sanctioning Fraudsters’. Mark has also acted as an advisor for the United Nations Offices on Drugs and Crime on Civilian Private Security Services.

Mark also holds the position of Head of Secretariat of the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board. Before joining the University of Portsmouth he was a Research Assistant to the Rt Hon Bruce George MP specialising in policing, security and home affairs issues. Mark completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Exeter, his Masters at the University of Warwick and his Doctorate at the London School of Economics.


Prof. Graham Brooks Professor in Criminology and Anti-Corruptiony

Prof. Graham Brooks’ research specialises in how corruption threatens the security of criminal justice, business and health systems in an international context.

Prof. Brooks has been invited to present at the Cabinet Counter Fraud Conference 2012, the European Health Fraud and Corruption Network 2015, in The Hague, the Cabinet Office Round- Table on Anti-Corruption in 2016. Prof. Brooks presented a paper on ‘Democratization of the police in the Republic of Korea: Decentralization, Accountability and Legitimacy’ in Korean Parliament 2017, and is now recognised as an Official Advisor to the Police Reform Group in South Korea.

Prof. Brooks has also been Assistant Director Centre for Counter Fraud and Corruption and Secretariat of Counter Fraud Accreditation Board in his career so far.

Prof Brooks has secured funds from public and private sector and recognised international research bodies to research an array of criminal justice issues and published numerous books and papers in international journals with colleagues in the United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Cyprus and Dubai

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