Professor Graham Brooks Public Inaugural Lecture

Criminology of corruption: Unexplored avenues of prevention?

Criminology of Corruption - Theoretical Approaches - book cover‌Date: Wednesday 7 December 2016

Time: 4.30pm refreshments, lecture starts at 5.30pm (see programme below)

Venue: MH002 (Lecture Theatre), University of Wolverhampton, Mary Seacole Building, Nursery Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1AD
(Refreshments in Lord Swraj Paul Building, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SG)

Admission: Free

About the lecture

Most theoretical approaches that explain corruption fall under the disciplines of political science and economics with some reference to sociology and/or criminology. This lecture is an attempt to address this imbalance. Political science and economics focus on the measurement of corruption, strategies of prevention and view offenders as mostly rational actors. This echoes some criminological approaches but these approaches in both the corruption and criminology literature do not really focus on why individuals and organisations resist corruption, as acts are considered rational and self-interested. Sociology and criminology, however, offer a more nuanced explanation of corruption with ‘punishment’ playing a far more important role in preventing corruption. Why and how we punish is based on our understanding of ‘human nature’ and what we think might deter. As such theoretical thoughts have future consequences on how we treat, punish and deter offenders. Often dismissed as ‘empty ruminations’, however, a brief scan of criminal justice policy illustrates that theoretical approaches affect what laws and techniques are implemented and are an element of potentially preventing crime. Furthermore, corruption ranges from unethical but legal to highly illegal acts and can be considered deviant and/or criminal. It is the contribution sociology and criminology can make in preventing (some) corruption which this lecture attempts to address.  

About Professor Graham Brooks

Graham BrooksProfessor Graham Brooks’ specialism is in corruption in international sport, healthcare, dispensing humanitarian aid and policing and preventing corruption. Prof Brooks is author of Criminology of Corruption: Theoretical Approaches (forthcoming 2016: Palgrave Macmillan), lead author of The Prevention of Corruption: Investigation, Enforcement and Governance’ (2013) (Palgrave Macmillan) and Fraud, Corruption and Sport (2013) (Palgrave Macmillan). Prof Brooks was also part of a research team (at Portsmouth) that developed Fraud Loss Measurement (FLM) exercise now used in EU/China project on measuring fraud and an online fraud resilience tool used by National Fraud Authority and Charity Commission. He has also been plenary speaker Cabinet Office (2012) at the Cabinet Counter Fraud Conference in London, Key note speaker at European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network (EHFCN) (2015), and recognised as an expert by EU to assess Horizon 20/20 submissions. Prof Brooks has also held a wide range of roles such as Secretariat of the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board (CFPAB), Community Safety Officer in the United Kingdom, and an Offender Liaison Officer for a charity in Sydney so far in his career. Prof Brooks has published articles on fraud and corruption in criminology and worked with international colleagues in United Kingdom, South Korea, Taiwan, Cyprus and Dubai on issues of and corruption and was recently awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship in 2016 to investigate ‘Traditional Organised Crime and the Internet: The changing organization of illegal gambling networks’.


Graham's new book 'Criminology of Corruption - Theoretical Approaches' is now available to buy from publishers Palgrave MacMillan


4.30pm: Refreshments (The Forum – Second Floor Lord Swraj Paul Building,)

5.30pm: Lecture (MH002 Lecture Theatre - Mary Seacole Building) 

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