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
My current research focuses on illicit and unregulated markets, and primarily on three areas: (i) drug markets; (ii) commercial sex markets; (iii) organised crime and illicit markets.
My research on drug markets, 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 research on commercial sex markets, in collaboration with Dr Luca Giommoni (Cardiff University) and Dr G.J. Melendez-Torres (University of Exeter) focuses on online communities of sex workers and their clients with the aim to understand the role of technology in commercial sex, the relationship between sex workers and their clients, and the risks associated with sex work.
My research on organised crime and illicit markets aims to understand how criminal groups involved in international drug trafficking activities adapt as a consequence of law enforcement interventions.
My wider research interests include: co-offending networks; social network analysis; counter-terrorism; organised crime; drug markets; commercial sex markets.
Postgraduate research supervision
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.
I teach on both research methods modules and criminology modules for both undergraduate and master students.
- SOC1050 Measuring the Social World: Quantitative Methods;
- SOC1034 Crime and Society;
- SOC1048 Explaining Crime and Deviance;
- SOCM008 Criminal Justice System.
- SOC1027 Quantitative Methods 1;
- SOC1036 Introduction to Criminological Theories;
- SOCM058 Social Network Analysis;
- SOCM041 Principles of Survey Design.