Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Dr Conor O’Reilly

Associate Professor in Transnational Crime and Security

I am Associate Professor in Transnational Crime and Security at the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies in the School of Law. Previously I have held positions at Durham University, the University of Porto and the University of Oxford, the latter as an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Criminology. I remain an Affiliate Professor of the School of Criminology, University of Porto and was previously a Visiting Scholar at John Jay College for Criminal Justice in New York.

My doctoral research was conducted at Queen’s University Belfast and focused on the transnational security consultancy industry.

Research Interests

My current research interests focus upon the transnational dynamics of crime, policing and security. I am particularly interested in intersecting trends towards commodification of security and transnationalisation of policing. This is reflected in my research on branding security that explores how policing models and security solutions are increasingly reconstituted as brands and actively promoted on the global stage.

Recent funded research projects have included collaborative work on the circulation of police officers in Portugal, Lusophone Africa and Brazil (FCT, Portugal), as well as research into processes of state-corporate symbiosis in the transnational policing sphere (ESRC). I have also received various other funding awards and scholarships from, amongst others: the British Council/FAPESP; Santander; FCT; and, GERN.

From 2015, I will be part of an international and interdisciplinary team that have been awarded joint-funding from Brazilian and Portuguese research councils to research ‘Policing and Urban Imaginaries: New Security Formats in Southern Cities’ (FAPESP/FCT).


I currently teach in the following subject areas:

  • Policing
  • Criminal Law
  • Organised Crime
  • Globalization & Criminology

PhD Supervision

I welcome PhD applications in the following research fields:

  • Transnational Policing
  • Transnational Crime
  • Policing in Transitional Societies
  • Pluralisation of Policing
  • Private Security & Corporate Security
  • The Commodification of Security
  • Colonial Policing & Postcolonial Legacies

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