Pete Duncan


Personal profile


Pete is a Lecturer in the Department of Criminology at The University of Manchester, where he works to produce microcredential courses on aspects of Digital Trust and Security that will be made tailored and made available to a range of organisations and professionals.

Pete’s ESRC-funded PhD research at The University of Manchester investigated the nature, organisation, and regulation of variably illicit tax minimisation in UK professional football. Pete’s broad research interests include financial, white-collar, and organisational crimes, and cyber-crimes.

Pete is a founding member of the Manchester Organisational Non-compliance Initiative (MONI) and holds the role of Early Career Associate at EUROC (the European Society of Criminology Working Group on Organisational Crime). Pete is also a member of the Digital Technologies and Crime research cluster in The University of Manchester’s Centre for Digital Trust and Society, where he has researched the organisation of money laundering (published as a book chapter) and match-fixing via online betting markets. He has also researched political perceptions of so-called ‘county lines’-style drug distribution. Pete has published blog posts with the British Society of Criminology (on fraud in sport) and Policy@Manchester (on furlough fraud).

Prizes and awards

ESRC NWSSDTP +3 PhD studentship: September 2020 - September 2023

Rewarding Exceptional Performance: January 2018

Research interests

Pete's main research area is financial crimes (e.g. money laundering, tax evasion, fraud etc), but he also has experience conducting research relating to drug policy and the use of digital technologies to facilitate crime and otherwise illicit activity.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Research, MRes Criminology, The University of Manchester

1 Sept 20184 Sept 2019

Award Date: 21 Nov 2019

Bachelor of Science, BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, University of Liverpool

1 Sept 20081 Jun 2011

Award Date: 19 Jul 2011

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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