Centre for Counter Fraud Studies


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Mr Peter Stiernstedt

  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: c/o Ravelin House, Ravelin Park, Portsmouth, PO1 2QQ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3933
  • Email: peter.stiernstedt@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Peter Stiernstedt is pursuing a PhD in Social Sciences on the Perception of Corruption with a fully funded bursary from the University of Portsmouth. Previous academic achievements are a BSc in Physics from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, followed by an MSc in Security Management from the University of Portsmouth.

Prior to the current academic career Peter was working as a consultant providing Strategic Solutions within the realms of risk, security and crisis. During a over a decade of providing high-quality advice, support and solutions, Peter has worked mostly in Europe, and Spain in particular, as well as the US, Russia and China.

Both work and education has provided experience, knowledge and insight into Risk Management, Anti-Fraud and Corruption strategies, Business Continuity and Crisis Management.

Peter is an active member of ISACA, the Security Institute and ASIS International, where also serving as a chapter board member.

Personal interests include international politics, particularly the internal and foreign policies of the EU. Primarily issues that relate to societal security, such as Anti-Fraud and Corruption efforts as well as the development and results of Crisis Management instruments.




Current research

Corruption hampers economic development, undermines democracy, and damages social justice and the rule of law. There are many qualitative surveys comprehensively covering this topic, but few qualitative analyses of in-depth interviews. Such interviews could shed light on the theory behind the perception on corruption and if that theory corresponds with the ‘reality’ found in the surveys.

The purpose would, similarly to the EU report on Anti-Corruption, be to stimulate a constructive forward-looking debate on the extent, as well as the best ways of addressing, corruption. Hence the research question: How can the varied perception of corruption in the EU be explained and how does it relate to the ‘reality’ found by recent surveys?

Areas of interest

  • Risk, Security & Crisis Management
  • Anti-Corruption Strategies
  • Private Security Regulation
  • The European Union
    • Policy making
    • European External Action Service
    • Crisis Management
  • Grounded Theory