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Mr Stephen Evans

  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am currently working towards my PhD as a part time student. I have investigated whether the funding by insurers of the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (“IFED”), a dedicated police unit set up to deal with allegations of insurance fraud made exclusively by those insurers, has had any impact on the ability of non-insurer victims of insurance fraud to gain access to justice. The research utilised a self-completion survey, a phenomenological study conducted through a series of semi-structured interviews and several case studies involving instances of fraud in the period before and after the formation of IFED. The research also drew on documentary and archival research to explore the definition, impact and cost of motor insurance fraud as well as evaluating the role of government and the influence of the media in the creation of IFED.

Aside from the media, there are three actors central to the research question; they are the police, motor insurers, acting generally through the auspices of the Association of British Insurers (“the ABI”), their trade body, and the government acting through its various administrative and regulatory agencies.


  • Insurance Fraud
  • Police response to fraud
  • Lobbying and media relationships as a driver of government policy