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Dr Maria Pournara

Lecturer in Criminology, Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy
Office - 151
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus


Dr Maria Pournara is from Kavala, Greece and has lived in Cardiff since 2014. Prior to coming to Swansea University, she has been a doctoral researcher at Cardiff University and postgraduate tutor at Cardiff University (2014-2019). She holds an MSc in Crime Analysis from the University of Southampton (2013-2014). Before that, she worked as a lawyer practising mainly in the areas of Criminal Law and Human Rights in Thessaloniki, Greece (2008-2013).

Her main research interests are in the areas of policing and decision-making, organised crime, intelligence and social problems. Her doctoral research has explored police decision-making in tackling organised crime and more specifically the processes of constructing and prioritising crime problems in the UK.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Policing
  • Organised crime
  • Intelligence
  • Social problems