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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Security, Technology, Border - military and police continuum: criminal justice, police and punishment in war, and military in civilian spaces - Crime and Conflict: war as crime, and crime in war - Reactions to harmful behaviour and different forms of social control


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Research Interests

I have an interest in investigating social reactions to behaviour deemed to be criminal or harmful in different contexts. Currently I am exploring the relationship between crime, punishment and war, as these relate to specific and differnt social contexts and changes in governing and security discourses and practices. I have also developed an interest in how risk, control and security are experienced or produced through technology thanks to a project on risk, borders and security technology. I would also be interested in investigating what technologies and logics are used to produce security in different contexts. I have mostly worked on the basis of Michel Foucault's and Giorgio Agamben's analysis, and I am influenced by some feminist writings, but I am open to different approaches and theories. 

Key Words

reactions to criminal and harmful activities in different contexts, and processes of criminalization. Key-Concepts of security, technology, border, risk, war are among the ones I could supervise research on. In relation to war I am interested in its relations to issues of crime and justice, forms of punishment in war, military interventions as particular modality of war, security sector reform, and state crimes. In the past I also worked on prostitution and trafficking (for sexual exploitation) in context of migration control, lately I am interested also at current reactions to migration. 


I d be very happy to hear of your interests in related areas and discuss possible research projects.

Currently supervising: 

Angela Rogan (NINE scholarship 1+3): Facebook Feminism to contest harm: A study to understand a changing landscape of healthcare in the technological era (First Supervisor).

 Previous PhD supervision:

  • Richard Montague, “Challenging Hate Crime in a Divided City” (Second Supervisor): successful (minor corrections)
  • Carey Doyle, “Migration, Planning and Super-diversity in Rural Northern Ireland and England” (Second Supervisor): Successful (minor corrections)


Research Statement


I am currently finalising a monograph for Routledge entitled Understanding war as punishment: punitive logics beyond the state (due in 2019). It draws partly from my PHD thesis. The PhD analyzed the use of military force in the post 9/11 'war on terror' context with particular reference to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It investigated the overlap of criminology and international relations, the use of war, or the threat of it, as a means of punishing and establishing order, thus defining borders in the international sphere. The new monograph expands that framework to understand the punitive logics behind some recent military interventions considering in particular Kosovo, Iraq and Libya. It draws on works on the continuum between military might and policing, by looking at how after these military interventions disciplining institutions were constructed and shaped in the local contexts, considering specifically security sector reforms.


Before my PhD on the war on terror, I worked on prostitution, theoretically on some criminalising/victimizing feminist understanding of prostitution, and empirically on crimes committed against female migrants by criminal organizations, in the context of Italy's restrictive migration regimes. Further, I was involved into an enquiry into issues of youth prostitution in the region of Emilia Romagna (Italy) that was part of the European Project Stop Trafficking in Europe.


Education/ Academic Qualifications

Law Degree, University of Bologna (Italy): First Class

MA Criminology and Research Method, Keele University, UK

PhD Ulster University, Northern Ireland

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Educational Teaching, Queen's University Belfast.

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


In 2014-2015 I was a visiting scholar at the Centre for the Study of Law and Society, in UC Berkeley (California), in 2018 at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research (Germany). As a student I was a visiting scholar at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (New York) and I attended  a course on Historiography of Feminist Ideas with Rosi Braidotti in the Women's Studies Centre at Utrecht University (Netherlands).


CRM 2001 Criminological Theory;

CRM3007 Criminology Beyond Borders.

Contribution To other modules: Surveillance, Global Wrongs and State Crime, Critical Criminology, and Research Dissertation. 

In the past

CRM1002 Exploring Criminology

CRM3002 Research Dissertation. 

CRM2008 Development of Policing (Interrnational Policing)

CRM3002 Research Project and Dissertation (Literature Review).

MA level, Key Issues in Social Theory (Governmentality Theory)

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Research Output

Jus Puniendi in the International?

Degenhardt, T., 15 Mar 2019, Border Criminologies Blog- Oxford Law School, p. Web page.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
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    “You wanna know what it’s all about”: Art with Veterans in Custody

    Degenhardt, T. & Murray, E. T., 05 Feb 2018, British Society of Criminology Blog.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Open Access

    I veterani di Guerra in Carcere e l'arte: Project To Serve - presso FACT Liverpool

    Translated title of the contribution: War Veterans in Prison and the value of Art: Project to Serve at FACT LiverpoolDegenhardt, T., 2017, Studi Sulla Questione Criminale Blog.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationFeatured article

    Representing war as punishment in the war on terror

    Degenhardt, T., 05 Jul 2017, The Criminology of War. Jamieson, R. (ed.). Taylor and Francis - Balkema, p. 289-304 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Prizes

    EU Networking Fund 2018/18

    Degenhardt, Teresa (Recipient), 15 Jan 2019

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    QUB Annual Fund to Enrich Students Experience

    Degenhardt, Teresa (Recipient), Percy, Andrew (Recipient) & Sarah Moore (Recipient), Apr 2009

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Cortona Colloquium Award

    Degenhardt, Teresa (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Beca de Residencia - Onati Institute for the Sociology of Law

    Degenhardt, Teresa (Recipient), 2004

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    University of Padua

    Teresa Degenhardt (Visiting lecturer)

    17 Jan 2020

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Expert Reviewer for EU funding

    Teresa Degenhardt (Reviewer)

    10 Jan 2020 → …

    Activity: Consultancy typesWork on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation


    Teresa Degenhardt (Peer reviewer)

    01 Feb 202029 Apr 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    CARA (Research Council for Academic at Risk) External Evaluator

    Teresa Degenhardt (Advisor)

    15 Jan 202015 Mar 2020

    Activity: Consultancy typesWork on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation

    ARRS (Slovenian Research Agency) Research Project External Evaluator

    Teresa Degenhardt (Advisor)

    01 May 202029 May 2020

    Activity: Consultancy typesWork on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation