I hold 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). I graduated with a PhD in Criminology at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in 2014.
I joined the University of Surrey in October 2017. Before joining the Department of Sociology, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (2014-2016), where I collaborated with Transcrime-Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime, and at the National University or Ireland, Maynooth (2016-2017), where I 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, my research focuses primarily on co-offending and illicit markets.
My 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 cocaine trafficking were recently published in Deviant Behaviour (online first, September 2019).
I am also part of a 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.
My wider research interests include: co-offending networks; social network analysis; counter-terrorism; organised crime; drug markets; commercial sex markets.
I teach 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.
I welcome PhD applications on topics that deal with illicit and unregulated markets—particularly drug markets and commercial sex markets—and criminal networks. Other topics might also be of interest, in which case, please do get in touch with me.