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


  1. Pournara, M. Decision Making and the National Intelligence Model: No Accounting for Decision Bias Australasian Policing A Journal of Professional Practice and Research 3 7


  • ASC108 Employability and Personal Development

    This module introduces students to the skills, qualities and attributes needed in applying for jobs, including how to recognise and make the most of their experiences, reflecting on their learning, knowledge and how to market themselves effectively in all aspects of the application process. It also provides specific information about a number of organisations both inside and external to the criminal justice system which might offer suitable careers. The content will be delivered by Swansea Employability Academy, Criminology staff and representatives from external organisations. The assessment for the module is also linked to the Swansea Employability Academy Bronze award.