Roehampton gambling expert appointed to industry monitoring panel

The quality of Roehampton’s research into gambling has been recognised by the leading professional body for the casino industry, which has appointed one of the University’s academics to a key panel intended to police the sector.

Dr Guy Bohane is a senior lecturer at the University’s Business School, which specialises in teaching business ethics. He is an expert in strategic management, corporate social responsibility and ethical practice. He is currently lead researcher on an Alcohol Concern Wales-funded research project reviewing the links between alcohol consumption and gambling in Wales and England.

The three member Playing Safe panel within the National Casino Forum, forms part of the industry’s Playing Safe initiative which aims to set the standard for responsible gambling. Its main function will be to ensure responsible gambling programmes developed by casino operators meet the standards established by the Playing Safe programme, as well as providing professional advice.

Speaking about the appointment of Dr Bohane and the launch of the panel, Tracy Damestani, Chief Executive of the National Casino Forum said: “Establishing the panel is another significant measure to improve player protection. It is critical the panel has the calibre and skill sets of the highest standard to ensure we can be effectively stretched to achieve our goals.”

Dr Bohane said: “Gambling will always be a controversial form of entertainment, but our intention is to show it can be carried out sensibly, professionally and minimising risk to people’s health. Working alongside the National Casino Forum, we want to improve its reputation as a well-regulated way for adults to enjoy their free time responsibly.”

Dr Bohane has conducted two significant research projects which focussed on gambling and young people, and the social impacts of casino gambling in Luton. His research has been conducted in collaboration with major gambling operators, charities and groups who offer support and advice on gambling issues.

His involvement on the panel means students in the University’s Business School will directly benefit from his frontline experience monitoring the industry and insight into how an international sector is regulated.

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