Dr Matt Hopkins

Matt HopkinsAssociate Professor

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5714
  • Email: mh330@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 2.01, 2nd Floor, 154 Upper New Walk
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Personal details

I joined the School in January 2011 and I have a PhD entitled ‘Abuse and Violence Against Small Businesses'. I have published in high quality journals such as the British Journal of Criminology, the International Review of Victimology, Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Security Journal and have been involved in a number of applied research projects and evaluations of national government programmes. My work spans a variety of areas in relation to crime prevention, commercial victimisation and organised crime.

I am a member of the Home Office Commercial Victimisation Study steering group and a Research Fellow of the Security Institute. I also sit on the editorial board of the Security Journal and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Organised Crime (Undergraduate year 2 option module)
  • Global Security and Policing (Postgraduate core module)
  • Crime Prevention and Community Safety (Postgraduate option module)

Administrative responsibilities

  • Director of Distance Learning


  • Crime prevention
  • Commercial victimisation
  • Security
  • Organised crime
  • Money laundering

Qualitative and Quantitative Research into the motivations of offenders who carry and use acid and other corrosives in violent attacks and other criminal acts. Commissioned by the Home Office, this project is being led by Dr Matt Hopkins, Professor Teela Sanders and Dr Lucy Neville. The work forms part of the commitment made by the Home Secretary in the Acid Attack Action Plan (announced in July 2017) to conduct research to explore the motivations of offenders who use corrosive substances (such as acid) in violent and other criminal acts. The research is being conducted between November 2017 and June 2018 and comprises of three main strands. First, working with five police force areas, a case tracking exercise will analyse the details of up 200 cases where a corrosive substance was used. Second, detailed interviews will be conducted with up to 50 offenders convicted for offences where corrosive substances were decanted. Finally, a number of interviews will be conducted with experts in the field to identify how preventative strategies might by developed in future.  Potentially the findings of the work could impact upon the law in relation to the sale of corrosive substances, police stop and search powers, first responses to acid attack incidents and the sentencing of offenders.

Why do some drivers fail to purchase insurance? (April to December 2017). National online survey for Motor Insures Bureau with a sample of uninsured drivers (£22k). The main aim is to establish why some drivers drive without valid motor insurance and their attitudes to uninsured driving as a crime.

Identifying and assessing the risk of money laundering in Europe (December 2014 to March 2017: €300K/ €80K to UoL): Partnership with Transcrime (Italy) and VU Amsterdam (Holland) under the European Commission Prevention and Fight against Crime research call to conduct research in relation to money laundering in Italy, Holland and the UK. The project will aim to identify the ‘threats’, ‘vulnerabilities’ and ‘consequences’ of laundering across these three countries by utilising a risk based methodology. Project webpage

The psychology of ‘hit and run’ (October 2015 to February 2017: £90K). This project is being conducted for the Motor Insurers Bureau (and in partnership with DVLA). It aims to explore driver’s motivations for failing to report or leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident without reporting it to the police. The methodology is based around a national survey of drivers and in-depth face-to-face interviews.


I am happy to accept applications to supervise PhDs on the following topics:

  • Crime prevention
  • Commercial victimisation
  • Security
  • Organised crime
  • Roads policing/ hit-and-run driving
  • Acid attacks


Hopkins, M. (2019) ‘Business face higher rates of Victimisation than Households or individuals’. In J, Treadwell & A. Lynes. 50 Facts everyone should know about crime and punishment in Britain. Bristol, Polity Press pp. 41-43

Hopkins, M. & Shelton, S. (2019) Identifying Money Laundering Risk in the United Kingdom: Observations from National Risk Assessments and a Proposed Alternative Methodology. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10610-018-9390-5; March 2019, Issue 1, Pages 1-97 [Special Issue: Assessing the Risk of Money Laundering: Research Challenges and Implications for Practitioners [Edited by Ernesto Savona & Michele Riccardi].

Hopkins, M. & Chivers, S. (2018) Theorizing hit-and-run: A Study of Driver Decision Making Processes after a Road Traffic Collision. Criminology and Criminal Justice. DOI 10.1057/s41300-017-0036-1

Hopkins, M. & Chivers, S. (2018) Hit and Run driving: A crime script analysis. Crime Prevention and Community Safety.20(1): 16-29.

King, S., Hopkins, M. and Cornish, N. (2017) “Can models of organisational change help to understand ‘success’ and ‘failure’ in community sentences? Applying Kotter’s model of organisational change to an Integrated Offender Management case study.” Criminology and Criminal Justice. 18(3): 273-290.

Transcrime (with UoL and VU Amsterdam) (2017) Project IARM – Identifying and Assessing the Risk of Money Laundering in Europe: Final Report. http://www.transcrime.it/iarm/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/05/ProjectIARM-FinalReport.pdf

Hopkins, M. (forthcoming 2017).Researching active offenders’. In J.C. Barnes and David R. Forde.  The Encyclopaedia of Research Methods and Statistical Techniques in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Wiley: New Jersey.

Hopkins, M. & Gill, M. (2017) 'Business, crime and crime prevention: emerging debates and future challenges'. In N, Tilley and A, Sidebottom (eds) Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety (2nd ed). London: Routledge.  pp. 373-394.

Hopkins, M. & Chivers, S. (2016) A national survey: Why do drivers fail to stop and report an accident?’ Milton Keynes, Motor Insurers Bureau. April 2016. https://www.mib.org.uk/media-centre/news/2016/april/new-research-shows-why-drivers-hit-and-run/

Hopkins, M.  (2016) The crime drop and the changing face of commercial victimisation: Reflections on the ‘commercial crime drop’ in the United Kingdom and the implications for future research. Criminology and Criminal Justice 16 (4): 410-431.

Hopkins, M. (2016) Business, victimisation and victimology: Reflections on contemporary patterns of commercial victimisation and the concept of businesses as ‘ideal victims’. International Review of Victimology 22 (2): 161-179.

Beck, A. & Hopkins, M. (2016) Scan and rob! Convenience shopping, crime opportunity and corporate social responsibility in a mobile world. The Security Journal. Advanced online publication.  doi:10.1057/sj.2016.6

Hopkins, M. and Treadwell, J. (eds) (2014) Football Hooliganism, Fan Behaviour and Crime, Palgrave Macmillian: Basingstoke.

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