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Taxation, money laundering and integrity risks and compliance challenges in the arts and antiquities markets

Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 27 May 2024

Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2024

For further details contact: Dr Adam Abukari 

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The Trailblazer PhD studentships have been devised and developed by leading early-career researchers at Coventry University.


The arts and antiquities markets involve a wide range of complex actors or stakeholders. This makes these markets vulnerable to a variety of risks, including tax crimes, money laundering, and integrity risks. It is estimated that art crime is globally the third largest criminal activity after drug trafficking and arms trading.

Project details

The challenges of complying with taxation, money laundering, and integrity laws and regulations in the arts and antiquities markets are significant. These laws and regulations are often complex and constantly changing, and they can be expensive to comply with. Additionally, the art and antiquities markets are dynamic, which makes it difficult to ensure effective compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

Using doctrinal and socio-legal research methodologies, the project will focus on innovatively unveiling the salient tax crime, money laundering, and integrity risks and challenges in the arts and antiquities markets. It will also address the question of how these risks and challenges are exploited by criminal actors and addressed by relevant authorities and the society. This project would result in a better understanding of these risks and the development of more effective measures to counter them.


This is a fully-funded studentship, including tuition fees and stipend/bursary.


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.


  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years.
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS academic overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

How to apply

To find out more about the project, please contact Dr Adam Abukari (Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity)

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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