Dr Anna Markovska

Deputy Director, IPPPRI; Associate Professor

International Policing and Public Protection Research Institute

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
Criminology , Policing
Research Supervision:

Anna’s research interests within criminology include organised crime, corruption, justice in transition, comparative criminal justice, and democracy in Ukraine.

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Anna joined ARU in 2005.

Anna has been successful with two British Academy Small Grants applications. In 2007, she was awarded a British Academy grant to investigate the drug-crime connections amongst Ukrainian prisoners. In 2010, she received a subsequent grant to investigate the issues of migrant workers and crime, interviewing migrant workers in the UK, Russia and Ukraine.

In May 2013, the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences hosted the 14th Cross-Border Crime Colloquium, welcoming leading criminologists from UK, Italy, Croatia, Romania, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, and Ukraine.

Research interests
  • Countries in transition
  • Corruption, money laundering
  • Transnational policing
  • Comparative criminal justice
Areas of research supervision
  • Money laundering and corruption
  • Evaluation of anti-money laundering legislation
  • PhD Finance, Cass Business School, City University, 2004   
  • MPhil Criminology, Institute of Criminology, New Hall College, University of Cambridge, 1999
  • BA and MA Sociology with Honors, Kharkiv State University, 1996
Memberships, editorial boards
  • European Society of Criminology
Selected recent publications

Van Duyne, P., Markovska A., Serdyuk, A., 2022. The organisation of eco-crime and corruption in 'green' Ukraine. In: Van Duyne, P. et al (Eds.), 2022. Narrating Organised Crime Stories and Aristotelian Principles of Drama (The Hague: Eleven).

Markovska, A., Soldatenko, I., 2021. Understanding the dynamics of white-collar criminality in Ukraine. In: Lord, N. et al (Eds.), 2021. European White-collar crime: exploring the nature of European realities (Bristol: Bristol University Press).

Markovska, A., van Duyne, P., 2020. Power and trust networks in the organization of crime in Ukraine. In: Hufnagel, S., Moiseinko, A. (Eds.), 2020. Criminal Networks and Law Enforcement: global perspectives on illegal enterprise (Abingdon: Routledge).

Zabyelina, Y., Markovska A., 2019. Organized Crime, Politics and "Frozen" Conflict in Ukraine. In: Allum, F. (Ed.), 2019. The Handbook on Organised Crime and Politics (Elgar Handbooks in Political Science) (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing).

Markovska, A., Zabyelina, Y., 2018. Negotiated Prohibition: The Organisation of Illegal Gambling Businesses in Ukraine. In: Polese, A., Russo, A., Strazzari, F. (Eds.), 2018. Governance Beyond the Law: The Immortal, The Illegal, The Criminal (London: Palgrave).

Markovska, A., Serdyuk, A., Sokurenko, V., 2018. Corruption, Policing and Migration: exploring the interaction between migrant workers and police in Russia, Ukraine and the UK. International Migration, 57(1), pp. 145-162.

Markovska, A., van Duyne, P., 2018. Contextualising corporate criminality in different cultural settings: the case of the gas industry in Ukraine. In: Campbell, L., Lord, N., (Eds.), 2018. Corruption in Commercial Enterprise: law, theory and practice (Abingdon: Routledge).

Recent presentations and conferences

Legitimacy and politics: exploring the role of criminal underworld in Ukraine. Paper presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, 2014, Prague.

The politics of organised crime in Ukrainian context. Perspective paper presented at the 15th Cross Border Crime Colloquium, 2014, Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Politics and corruption in the media: the Ukrainian perspective.Paper presented at the 14th Cross Border Crime Colloquium, 2013, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Beer is cold, girls are hot: placing racism in Ukrainian context. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, 2012, Bilbao, Spain.

Migrant workers and crime: where Kings Lynn meets Moscow. Paper presented at the annual British Society of Criminology Conference, 2012, Portsmouth.

Dysfunctional social institutions as an obstacle to tackle crime: exploring the dilemma of a good Ukrainian policeman. Paper presented at the 13th Cross Border Crime Colloquium, 2012, Manchester.