According to figures compiled by Professor Joshua Bamfield, director of the organisation, out of a prison population of 75,000, there are 4,000 men in prison for retail-related crimes. That compares with just 1,200 women.
Other figures reveal 22% of theft relates to items priced at more than £500.
Women target items such as grocery, perfume and toiletries, whereas men target TV sets, power tools and CDs.
The research also shows the numbers of male and female staff engaged in stealing is roughly equal.