Hull University Business School

Dr Dionysios Demetis

Dionysios Demetis

Management Systems

  • Biography
  • Qualifications
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Key Publications


Dr Dionysios Demetis is a Lecturer in Management Systems at the Hull University Business School. He holds a PhD on Anti-Money Laundering and Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he taught classes on Information Systems Management, IS Security and Research Methods. While at the LSE, he contributed widely to a number of research deliverables for the European Union, but most importantly to the domain of Anti-Money Laundering for the Spotlight EU project, as well as the GATE EU Project targeting Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. His research on the Risk-Based Approach to Anti-Money Laundering and the 3rd EU Directive has been featured in the IMOLIN select bibliography of the United Nations while his research on ‘Data Growth and the Consequences to Anti-Money Laundering’ has won the Emerald Highly Commended Award from the Journal of Money Laundering Control. For his teaching at the London School of Economics, he was awarded the departmental Teaching Assistant award for Outstanding Contribution based on peer review and student feedback from the Information Systems Department in 2006. During his PhD, he secured three consecutive research scholarships from the LSE.

His book on AML entitled ‘Technology and Anti-Money Laundering’ and published by Edward Elgar is the first book to provide a coherent theoretical structure for Anti-Money Laundering research and practice, based on Systems Theory, and the first book to provide an Information Systems perspective on Anti-Money Laundering. With LSE Professor Ian Angell, he co-authored another book that applies second-order cybernetics to uncover deep-seated epistemological paradoxes in science. The book is entitled ‘Science’s First Mistake’, and it is published worldwide by Bloomsbury.

Dr Demetis has a background in Physics from the University of Crete, as well as an MSc from the London School of Economics on the Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems. Prior to this academic post he was an Adjunct Professor for the California based Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL), where he lectured on the International Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering courses for the university’s online program for about three years. He has also been lecturing for TJSL on Qualitative Research Methodology for both MSc-level and PhD-level students, while advising a number of students in their research. He has given a large number of talks in conferences, and is a regular speaker at Cambridge University at the Annual Economic Crime Symposium.


PhD (London School of Economics), MSc (London School of Economics), BSc in Physics (University of Crete)


e-Business in Supply Chain Management


Main research interests include:

Anti-Money Laundering

Systems Theory (2nd-order Cybernetics)

Information Systems

Information Systems Security & Privacy

Virtual Money

Social Theory of Risk



1. Technology and Anti-Money Laundering: A Systems Theory and Risk-Based approach, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd (2010)

Book Description (hardcover): This book examines the influence of Information Systems on anti-money laundering (AML) and builds on Systems Theory (mainly the work of Sociologist Niklas Luhmann) in order to develop a coherent theoretical framework that can be used for AML research. By using a case study of a major financial institution in the EU-area, a number of technological influences on AML are deconstructed and are used to examine the role that technology plays within AML. The book provides a systems theoretical description of the effects of technology on AML and offers considerations on the Risk-Based Approach (RBA). The book describes the ‘technological construction of criminality within money laundering behaviour’ and analyses the 3rd EU Directive on AML.

2. Science’s First Mistake: Delusions in Pursuit of Theory (with Ian Angell), Bloomsbury Academic (2010)

Book Description (hardcover & paperback): Science’s First Mistake sets out to deconstruct the process of how theories come to be, specifically scientific theories, on the basis of the four concepts: observation, paradox, delusion, and most importantly self-reference. The implications for theory and method are discussed against these four primary and intrinsically interrelated concepts.The book has wide-ranging implications for not only the discovery of knowledge in itself and is based on the tradition of second-order cybernetics and Niklas Luhmann’s work.


Book Chapters and e-publications

1. Demetis, D (2014). The role of Information Systems in the Prevention and Detection of Transnational and International Crime, in Bantekas, I. and Mylonaki, E., in in Criminological approaches to International Criminal Law’, Cambridge University Press

2. Demetis, D., & Panousopoulos, G. (2012). Greece, in Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and Compliance - A global guide, LexisNexis

3.Andronikou, V., Demetis, D., & Varvarigou, T. (2009). Biometric Implementations and the Implications for Security and Privacy, in M.N. Bhavani, Biometrics Techno-legal Issues. The ICFAI University Press.

4. Demetis, D and Kallinikos, J (2006), Appendix of Indicators and Patterns of Information Growth in: Kallinikos, J (2006), The Consequences of Information: Institutional Implications of Technological Change, Edward Elgar


Journal articles

1. Demetis, D (2011), Unfolding Dimensions of an Anti-Money Laundering/ Counter-Terrorist Financing system, LexisNexis, Emerging Issues 6019

2. Demetis, D (2009), Data growth, the new order of information manipulation and consequences for the AML/ATF domains, Journal of Money Laundering Control, Vol.12, Issue 4. Article has received the Emerald Highly Commended Award from the Journal of Money Laundering Control.

3. Demetis, D and Angell, I (2007), The Risk-Based Approach to AML: Representation, Paradox and the 3rd Directive, Journal of Money Laundering Control, Vol.10, Issue 4. Article has been featured in the select-bibliography of the United Nations IMOLIN network that features selected academic literature tackling money laundering.

4. Ezer, J and Demetis, D (2007), Down with Strategy: In defense of short-term thinking, Journal of Business Strategy, Vol. 28, Issue 1

5. Demetis, D and Angell, I (2006), AML-related Technologies: A Systemic Risk, Journal of Money Laundering Control, Vol. 9, No.2

6. Andronikou, V, Demetis, D., Varvarigou, D. (2007), ‘Biometric Implementations and the Implications for Security and Privacy’, The Future of Identity in the Information Society Journal, Vol.1, Issue 1.

7. Angell, I and Demetis, D (2005), Systems Thinking about Anti-Money Laundering: Considering the Greek Case, Journal of Money Laundering Control, Vol.8, No.3


Selected research reports

1. Demetis, D and Dyer, B (2008), Four Models Representing Banking, Business, Lifestyle, and Criminal Behaviours, Gate Deliverable D3.1. (research deliverable submitted to the European Commission) : grant PASR, EU, 7th Framework

2. Demetis, D and Dyer, B (2008), State of the Art, Banking Requirements Best Practice Guidelines for Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing, Gate Deliverable D3.4: grant PASR, EU, 7th Framework

3. Demetis, D and Dyer, B (2008), Best Practice Guidelines for Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing, Gate Deliverable D3.4: grant PASR, EU, 7th Framework

4.Demetis, D (2005), “Socio-Political and Economic consequences of Biometric Implementations” In D3.2: A study on PKI and Biometrics (Eds, Gasson, M. , Meints, M., Warwick, K.) from the European Union Project FIDIS (Future of Identity in the Information Society)

5. Backhouse, J., Canhoto, A., Demetis, D., Dyer, B., Nardo, M., (2005), “Spotlight: New Approaches to Fighting Money- Laundering” from the European Union Project Spotlight: grant JAI/2004/AGIS/182

Demetis, D. and Angell,I (2006), “Economic Aspects of Identity Documents” In D3.6: Study on ID Documents from the European Union Project FIDIS (Future of Identity in the Information Society) –:


Conference proceedings

Lee, A.S  and Demetis, D (forthcoming 2016), ‘Crafting theory to satisfy the requirements for systems science’, 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Kauai, USA.

Demetis, D (2015), ‘Technology as an observing system: a 2nd order cybernetics perspective’, Proceedings of the 58th Annual Meeting of the ISSS, Washington DC, USA. Available from:


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