Staff Profile: Professor Graham Brooks

Graham BrooksFaculty

Faculty of Social Sciences


School of Social, Historical and Political Studies


Prof in Criminology and Course Leader Cybercrime MSc

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 322770



University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
Mary Seacole Building
Nursery  Street


Professor Brooks specialises in corruption in international sport and techniques of policing and preventing corruption in an international context. Prof Brooks has been Secretariat of the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board (CFPAB), plenary speaker at the Cabinet Counter Fraud Conference (London 2012) and Assistant Director Centre for Counter Fraud, Portsmouth.

Professor Brooks has recently (2015) secured an Individual Marie Curie Fellowship and will research ‘Traditional Organised Crime and the Internet: The changing organization of illegal gambling networks' (Euros 146,000)

Professor Brooks has been employed by Portsmouth University, Nottingham Trent University, Lincoln University and Birmingham University. He secured funds to research different international aspects of corruption and published several papers in internationally recognised journals with colleagues in the United Kingdom, South Korea, Taiwan, Cyprus and Dubai.

Prof Brooks was also part of a research team (at Portsmouth) that developed Fraud Loss Measurement (FLM) exercise now used as guidance in EU/China project on measuring fraud and online fraud resilience tool with PKF used by National Fraud Authority and Charity Commission.

He was also plenary speaker Cabinet Office (2012) at the Cabinet Counter Fraud Conference in London and Keynote Speaker at the European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network (2015) and Webinar on Anti-Doping in Sport for MBL Lawyers (2015).

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.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD: Fraud and Corruption: Measurement, strategies and policing - University of Portsmouth,  September 2009 to June 2012
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) - June 2010
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Social Science Research Methods -  Nottingham Trent University, January 1995 to January 1996
  • MPhil Criminology - University of Cambridge, October-1993 to June 1994 
  • Social Policy and Administration - Leeds Metropolitan University, September1989 to June 1992  

Teaching interests

Corruption, fraud, gambling and crime, crime prevention

Professional body membership and roles

Institute of Teaching and Learning HE (Member)

Higher Education Academy (Fellow)

Asian Association Police Studies (AAPS) (Member)

Anti-Corruption Network (Oxford University) (Member)

European Working Group on Organizational Crime (EUROC)

Member of London Public Sector Fraud Forum

European Society of Criminology

United Kingdom Fraud Costs Measurement Committee (UKFCMC)

Research interests

Professor Brooks specialises in corruption in international sport and techniques of policing and preventing corruption in an international context, and the impact of gambling and crime on sport.  

PhD supervision

I would welcome inquiries from persons interested in conducting postgraduate research (MPhil or PhD) in corruption, (particularly fraud/corruption in sport), crime and gambling.   
Current PhD students' titles are:

  • Conditional bail – Is it fit for purpose?
  • Probation Officers’ attitudes towards balancing public protection and Human Rights in the risk management framework of MAPPA.
  • Malicious obedience: A study of the behaviour of police officers in Trinidad and Tobago

External academic roles

  • External Examiner at Derby University (2011 - 2015)
  • External Examiner at Nottingham Trent University (2015 - 2019)

Selected publications

Brooks, G, Tunley, M, Button, M and Gee, J. (2017) ‘Fraud, error and corruption in healthcare: A contribution from criminology’(chapter two) pp.25-44, in M. Mikkers, W. Sauter, P Vinke, and J. Boertjens (ed) Healthcare Fraud, Corruption and Waste in Europe. The Hague: Eleven Publishing

Brooks, G, Button, M., Tunley, M., and Gee, J. (2017) ‘United Kingdom (chapter seven) pp. 137-153 in M. Mikkers, W. Sauter, P Vinke, and J. Boertjens (ed) Healthcare Fraud, Corruption and Waste in Europe. New York: Eleven Publishing (ed) in Healthcare Fraud, Corruption and Waste in Europe. The Hague: Eleven Publishing

Brooks, Graham (2016): Criminology of Corruption - Theoretical Approaches, published by Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-1-137-51724-1

Button, M., Brooks, G., Lewis, C., and Aleem, A, (2016) ‘Just About Everybody Doing the Business?’, Explaining Cash-for-Crash Insurance Fraud in the United Kingdom,’ Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology (Published online on 21 March, 2016 at doi: 10.1177/0004865816638910

Bain, A., Brooks, G., Golding, B. Ellis, T. and Lewis, C. (2016) Calling the Police: The Use of Non-Emergency 101 in England and Wales, The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 1-15

Button, M., Wakefield, A., Brooks, G., Lewis, C., and Shephard, D. (2015) Confronting the 'Fraud Bottleneck': Private Sanctions for Fraud and their Implications for Justice, Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice 1(3), 159-174

Brooks, G. and Sparrow, P. (2015) Bookmakers and a Duty of Care: Customers' Views in England, Journal of Gambling Issues (Published online May 2015 DOI 10.007/s10899-015-9544-z)

Button, M., Lewis, C., Shepherd, D. and Brooks, G (2015) Fraud in Overseas Aid and the Challenge of Measurement, Journal of Financial Crime, 22(2): 184-198

Brooks, G. (2014) ‘Crime in the Boardroom: Extending the Focus beyond Football Fans’ in M. Hopkins and J. Treadwell (ed) 'Football Hooliganism, Crime and Crowd Management: Contemporary perspectives' pp 106-126. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan:  

Button, M. and Brooks, G. (2014) From ‘Shallow’ to ‘Deep’ Policing: ‘Crash-for-Cash’ Insurance Fraud Investigation in England and Wales and the Need for Greater Regulation, Policing and Society (Published online 8 October, 2014) 

Belaisha, B, B. and Brooks, G. (2014) Money laundering in Dubai: Strategies and future directions’ Journal of Money Laundering Control, 17 (3), 343-354

Lewis, C., Brooks, G., Button, M., Shepherd, D. and Wakefield, A (2014) Evaluating the Case for Greater Use of Private Prosecutions in England and Wales for Fraud Offences, International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 42 (1), 3-15 

Brooks, G. Lewis, C., Walsh, D. and Kim, H (2013) The Prevention of Corruption: Investigation, Enforcement and Governance’ Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 

Brooks, G., Button, M. and Azeem, A. (2013) Fraud, Corruption and Sport, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 

Farooq, Z., M., K., and Brooks, G. (2013) Arab fraud and corruption professionals’ views in the Arabian Gulf, Journal of Financial Crime, 20 (3), 338 - 347

Brooks, G., Lee, J., and Kim, H (2012) Match-Fixing in Korean Football: Corruption in the K-League and the Importance of Maintaining Sporting Integrity, Journal of Contents: A Korean Journal, 8 (2), 82-88 

Brooks, G. (2012) Online gambling and money laundering: ‘views from the inside’, Journal of Money Laundering Control, 15 (3), 304-316 

Brooks, G. and Button, M (2012) The Police Commitment to Investigating Fraud: Is a hybrid solution the way forward? The Police Journal, 84 (4), 305-320

Brooks, G. (2012) Challenging the myth of urban regeneration: Raising the profile of problem gambling with a media campaign, Journal of Gambling Studies 28 (4) pp. 741-751 

Brooks, G., Chen, Fei-Lin., Lewis, C., and Ellis, T. (2012) Young People as Social Capital: Policing and preventing crime among young people ‘at risk’ in Taiwan and England, Journal of Community Safety and Crime Prevention, 14 (1), 16-32