To critically assess how information can be effectively exchanged between law enforcement agencies in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (within the context of serious organised crime).


  • Map existing information exchange processes, systems and models.
  • Identify barriers and facilitators to efficient information sharing.
  • Develop, assess and refine conceptual frameworks to support information exchange between international law enforcement agencies.


Project duration: 4 years (started October 2021)

Funding: UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme (project value: £958,924)  

Ethics: all research is subject to ethical approval and secure data storage. Anonymity and confidentiality will be maintained


Various data collection techniques will be adopted, such as interviews, surveys, multi agency workshops and secondary data.

Current participants are from a range of organisations, including: International Crime Coordination Centre (ICCC), National Trading Standards, HMRC, Border Force, Europol, League Against Cruel Sports, CGI, World Horse Welfare, FACT, NPCC, Liverpool City Council, CJS Events Solutions, Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs) and various UK police forces.

Ethics, confidentiality and anonymity

This project was reviewed and quality assured by UKRI, with ethics applications reviewed by Edge Hill University’s Social Science Research Ethics Committee.

No personally identifiable information will be requested, and participation remains anonymous. Confidentiality, privacy and anonymity will be ensured in the storage and publication of research material in accordance with UKRI and Edge Hill University protocols.

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Principal Investigator: Dr Becky Phythian