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Integrity Research Group established in Kingston Law School

Tuesday 12 July 2016

A new research grouping, the Integrity Research Group (IRG), has been established in the Kingston Law School. Dr Lorenzo Pasculli

The primary aims of the IRG are to have a concrete impact on the policies and the organisation of businesses, public bodies and government both in the UK and worldwide through promoting integrity, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and other ethical values, such as participation, transparency, proper management and accountability.

The IRG has been convened by Dr Lorenzo Pasculli who joined the Kingston Law School in September. Lorenzo’s research focuses on the prevention of global forms of criminality, such as corruption and organised crime. His experience in this area led him to identify a need for a focal point for activity to be established in London. He spent several periods abroad as visiting researcher in prestigious institutions, such as Columbia University, Fordham University, Florida International University and Bahcesehir University Instanbul. His book on the prevention of international terrorism and criminal trafficking has been recently awarded the international prize “Opera Selezionata G. Falcone – Paolo Borsellino”.

It was in collaboration with Dr Gauri Sinha, another new appointment to the Faculty of Business and Law, that the foundation for the group was set. Gauri is an expert in corporate compliance, financial sanctions, anti-money laundering and financial crime. Her research focuses on financial crime, corporate crime and financial regulation. Before joining Kingston University, Gauri worked with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and KPMG in their forensic investigations department, advising several global banks towards efficient anti-money laundering compliance. She has also worked with the World Bank as an expert on financial crime laws. Recently, she has advised the Government of Jamaica on proposed amendments to their domestic legislation.

The interdisciplinary research group has already attracted interest from academics across the Law School and the Business School and invites student and staff members from across the University. It also welcomes external or guest members from other universities or research institutions.

In response to the formation of the IRG, Associate Dean for Research Professor Robert Blackburn said: "Integrity is essential to successful human and organisational exchange. This new research group provides a catalyst for researchers across the Faculty to come together, exchange ideas and develop a research agenda. I am delighted that the IRG has been established and look forward to supporting its activities."

Professor Michael Wynn from the Law School will be acting as advisor for the group. He said the IRG "is a vibrant emerging group in the Law School. Lorenzo is putting together a strong team of individuals. The multi-disciplinary approach of the group has the potential to initiate some important projects in this important and topical area," adding "I hope to encourage and assist in logistic and policy details." Dr Stephen Gourlay from the Business School will also advise.

In the coming months the IRG will be working to secure grant funding as well as seeking support from relevant corporations and governmental agencies in order to underpin its activities.

Dr Pasculli is also a senior lecturer in law at the university. More information about the group can be found on the IRG webpage.