Our research projects reflect our commitment to addressing the multifaceted challenges within the financial crime prevention profession, aligned with our strategic objectives to advance knowledge and practice. This section of our website lists our planned, ongoing and completed projects.

Each project reflects our dedication to advancing the field, addressing both the challenges and opportunities within financial crime prevention. We encourage practitioners, academics, regulators and policy makers to explore our projects, and if an area resonates with their expertise or interests, we would be delighted to discuss potential collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

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-> Leveraging Financial Crime Compliance as a Strategic Advantage [ongoing]
This project aims to redefine the perspective on financial crime compliance, viewing it not just as a regulatory necessity but as a strategic advantage for firms. The project explores how robust compliance arrangements can enhance a company's reputation, trustworthiness, and competitive edge. The research explores case studies of businesses that have successfully integrated compliance into their strategic planning, showcasing the potential benefits in areas such as market positioning, customer trust, and investor confidence. It also examines the economic impact of advanced compliance measures, including potential cost savings through the reduction of financial crime-related losses and penalties. The project aims to develop a comprehensive framework for organisations to incorporate compliance into their core business strategies effectively, thus turning a regulatory requirement into a key differentiator in the marketplace. The outcome will include a set of best practices and strategic recommendations for businesses looking to leverage their compliance efforts to achieve greater business success.

-> Taking Action Against Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout [ongoing]
This project is dedicated to addressing the significant mental health challenges faced by professionals in financial crime prevention. It acknowledges the high-stress environment of this field, characterized by complex investigations, high stakes, and constant vigilance against evolving financial threats. The research involves a thorough analysis of the causes and effects of stress, anxiety, and burnout among these professionals. The project surveys professionals in various roles and sectors, aiming to identify common stressors and their impact on mental health and job performance. Based on the findings, the project will develop targeted strategies and interventions to mitigate these challenges. These may include the creation of stress management programs, the introduction of organisational changes to reduce work-related pressures, and the promotion of a culture that prioritises mental well-being. The goal is to provide firms and individuals with practical tools and insights to foster a healthier, more sustainable work environment.

-> Developing Professionalism and Professional Practice in Financial Crime Prevention [ongoing]
This project focuses on elevating the standards of professionalism and professional practice in financial crime prevention. It seeks to identify and establish benchmarks for professional conduct and competencies required in the field. The research explores the current state of professional development, including existing educational programs, training methodologies, and career progression pathways. It examines the challenges and opportunities in professional practice, considering among other elements rapid technological advancements and changing regulatory landscapes. The project aims to develop a comprehensive framework that encompasses ongoing professional education, ethical standards, and best practices in financial crime prevention. This framework is intended to not only guide practitioners in their career development but also foster a high standard of practice across the industry. Additionally, the project will propose strategies for integrating this framework into organizational policies and regulatory guidelines, thereby fostering a culture of excellence and continuous improvement within the profession. The expected outcome is a set of actionable recommendations that can contribute to the advancement and recognition of financial crime prevention as a distinct professional field.

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