Staff Profiles: Dr. Amber Phillips

Amber Phillips

Staff Profile: Dr. Amber Phillips
Lecturer in Criminology

Amber Phillips

Dr. Amber Phillips

Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

I am a criminologist specialising in transnational organised crime. My teaching and research interests are centred on global crime and environmental crime, with a focus on the Italian mafias.


Having initially trained as a translator, my journey as a criminologist began in 2012 while I was living and working in Italy. After volunteering with a number of anti-mafia organisations, I decided to change my career, and was awarded AHRC funding for a PhD on the Calabrian mafia at Bristol University in 2013. I joined the University of Gloucestershire as a Lecturer in Criminology in 2018.


Award Title Institution Date
PhD Italian Organised Crime University of Bristol 2017
MA Interpreting and Translating University of Bath 2011
BA (Hons) French and Italian University of Warwick 2010

Teaching and research


I teach on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate criminology modules, and also contribute to some sociology and geography modules.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


My doctoral research focused on representations of Italian organised crime, and the impact of mediated representations on perceptions of the mafias at local and national level. My current research interests lie in transnational organised crime and green criminology.

External responsibilities

Subjects for media interviews

Mafia, organised crime, environmental crime

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