Giulia holds a BA in Sociology and Criminology from Università di Bologna (Italy) and an MA in Applied Social Sciences from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy). She graduated with a PhD in Criminology at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in 2014.
Giulia joined the University of Surrey in October 2017. Before joining the Department of Sociology, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (2014-2016), where she collaborated with Transcrime-Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime, and at the National University or Ireland, Maynooth (2016-2017), where she collaborated on the project 'CONTAGION': Counterterrorism, Coercion, and EU Criminal Justice Policy.
University roles and responsibilities
- Programme Director for BSc Criminology and Sociology
- Member of the FASS Ethics Committee
With a particular emphasis on fusing criminology scholarship with quantitative methodologies and, in particular, social network analysis, Giulia's research focuses primarily on co-offending and illicit markets.
Her current research, in collaboration with Dr Luca Giommoni (Cardiff University) and Dr Alberto Aziani (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), focuses on cross-country heroin and cocaine trafficking. The results of a study on international heroin trafficking were recently published in the Journal of Drug Issues (vol. 47, April 2017), and in Social Networks (vol. 51, October 2017).
She is also part of a new research project, led by Cardiff University and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, which will assess how new technologies are influencing transnational organised crime. The study will explore whether and how dark web markets are changing transnational trafficking flows by analysing online dark web market data and traditional offline trafficking flows.
Giulia's wider research interests include: co-offending networks; social network analysis; counter-terrorism; organised crime; drug markets; commercial sex markets.
Giulia teaches on both research methods modules (SOC1027 Quantitative Methods 1; SOCM058 Social Network Analysis) and criminology modules (SOC1036 Introduction to Criminological Theories; SOCM008 Criminal Justice System) for both undergraduate and master students.