Dr Matt Hopkins

Matt HopkinsAssociate Professor

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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.

I am also Director of the East Midlands Violence Reduction Intervention network (VRIN).


  • Organised Crime (Undergraduate year 2 option module)
  • Criminological Research Methods (Postgraduate)
  • Theorising Global Security, Risk and Policing (Postgraduate)

Administrative responsibilities

  • School Postgraduate Research (PGR) Tutor
  • Deputy Director of PGR for the College of Social Sciences
  • MSc course personal tutor


My research interests span a variety of areas including organised crime, commercial victimisation, money laundering, acid attacks and hit-and-run driving. My main interest is in how we can prevent crime and the types of interventions that work to reduce crime.

I have been involved in a number of research projects throughout my career. The most recent examples include:

The Violence Reduction Intervention Network (VRIN)

The network is a collaboration between EMPAC, the UoL and the five East Midlands police areas. VRIN aims to develop a network for knowledge exchange; disseminate good practice in order to influence policy and practice, and become a repository of good practice in violence reduction accessible to practitioners. To read our latest discussion paper, please go to the VRIN webpage.

Offender Motivations for the use of acid in crime

Commissioned by the Home Office, this project formed 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. Please see the project report on the government website.

Identifying and assessing the risk of money laundering in Europe

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 identified the ‘threats’, ‘vulnerabilities’ and ‘consequences’ of laundering across these three countries by utilising a risk based methodology.

The psychology of ‘hit and run’

This project was completed 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 willing to consider to project ideas in relation to any area of crime prevention, security, commercial victimisation, organised crime or money laundering. I am also happy to supervise practice-based PhD projects.


Here are some of my most recent publications:

Hopkins, M., Neville, L. and Sanders, T. (2021). Acid Crime: Context, Motivation and Prevention. Palgrave MacMillan.

Hopkins, M. (forthcoming 2021). ‘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. (forthcoming, 2021) ‘Business resilience to crime: The harms of crime, security and crime tolerance’. In M, Gill. Handbook of Security Vol 3.

Koeppen, B., & Hopkins, M. (2020) 'Security guards as victims of violence: using organisational support theory to understand how support for victims could have positive implications for the security industry.' Security Journal

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; 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. (2019) Theorizing hit-and-run: A Study of Driver Decision Making Processes after a Road Traffic Collision. Criminology and Criminal Justice. 19(1):45-61. DOI 10.1057/s41300-017-0036-1

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