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, Dept. of Criminology, 154 Upper New Walk
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Personal details

I joined the department 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


Hopkins, M. & Chivers, S. (accepted - forthcoming – 2018) Theorizing hit-and-run: A Study of Driver Decision Making Processes after a Road Traffic Collision. Criminology and Criminal Justice.  

Hopkins, M. & Chivers, S. (forthcoming – 2018) Hit and Run driving: A crime script analysis. Crime Prevention and Community Safety.  

King, S., Hopkins, M. and Cornish, N. (forthcoming 2018) “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.

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.


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

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.

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. 


  • Crime prevention
  • Commercial victimisation
  • Security
  • Organised crime

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E: criminology@le.ac.uk


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