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Dr Elina Karpacheva-Hock


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

Elina is an interdisciplinary academic working on projects intersecting law and criminology, with specific focus on economic crime, cybercrime, and transnational regulation. She has practical legal experience as a qualified lawyer.

Email: [email protected]


Elina joined the criminology team at ARU after being part of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Portsmouth, where she was teaching various subjects in the area of cybercrime, economic crime and comparative criminal justice. Before that Elina was a practicing lawyer. She is also a co-founder of the European Compliance Center - an NGO with a specific focus on corporate compliance in the CEE region.

Elina has been involved in various research projects. For example, her research on the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance has been implemented by Bulgarian Stock Exchange. Elina completed a PhD in Law focusing on independent and professional decision-making of corporate directors.

Research interests

  • Corporate crime
  • Cyber-enabled economic crime
  • Regulation of new technologies
  • Economic crime prevention
  • Financial investigations
  • Whistleblowing
  • Corporate compliance
  • Organisational culture

Areas of research supervision

Elina welcomes PhD proposals on topics related to her research interests.

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Editor in Chief of the Risk & Compliance Platform Europe (interactive media platform for risk & compliance news)
  • Editor at Corporate Crime Observatory (international online repository for economic crime research)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Visa Innovation Program mentor for Southern and Eastern Europe; Mentoring FinTech start-ups in the area of regulatory compliance and risk management (focus on money-laundering)

Selected recent publications

Karpacheva, E. and Hock, B., 2023. Foreign whistleblowing: the impact of US extraterritorial enforcement on anti-corruption laws in Europe. Journal of Financial Crime. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFC-11-2022-0283

Recent presentations and conferences

Karpacheva, E. (2023) Crypto assets: transnational fraud control and extraterritoriality. Work-in-progress presented at: British Society of Criminology Conference, 29 June 2023, Preston, England.