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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:

- forms of social control and harm - law and society- internationally-globally
- Security, Technology, Border
- military and police continuum: criminal justice, police and punishment in war, and military in civilian spaces


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research Interests

I have an interest in investigating social and institutional reactions to behaviour deemed to be criminal or harmful within a transnational and international context.  Recently I have resumed studying state policies on migration focusing on the use of detention through an abolitionist perspective.  

Key Words

Key-Concepts of crime, harm, security, technology, border, risk, war are among the ones I could supervise research on. 


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

Currently supervising: 

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

Jason McKillen (LINAS grant): Mapping the Development of AI-Enabled Security Technologies at the European Border (First Supervisor)

Felix Elliott (LINAS grant): Harm in OSINT practices


 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 working on an editred collection with colleagues and activists working on immigration detention in Europe. The book is provisionally entitled "Detention and Deportation in Eurupe. Analyses, Contestations and Radical Visions in the aftermath of Covid-19" (contract with Bristol University Press) and is co-edited with Francesca Esposito (Westminster and Lisbon University) and Annika Lindberg (Gothenburg University). The collective work looks back at the Covid-19 crisis and analyzes immigration detention in the aftermath of the public health emergency through an abolitionist perspective. 

My monograph entitled War as protection and punishment. Armed Intervention at the 'end of history' came out with Routledge on 15th of September 2023. It draws partly from my PHD thesis. The PhD analyzed the punitive 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 the so called liberal military interventions considering their trajectory from Kosovo, to Iraq and finally to Libya. It draws on previous analyses on the continuum between the inside and the outside, the use of military might and policing power, by looking at the punitive affects that were part of these imperial ventures. Further, it explored how these operations aimed at disciplining local state institutions with the aim of governing the local population through the state structure. Overall, it shows the contradiction, tensions and ambiguities that these military interventions created in the local areas.

In 2013-2014 I contributed to a research project aimed at studying the ways in which particular notions of risk, uncertainty and insecurity were  inscribed within the construction of an handheld security technology to detect CBRNE at the european border (with QUB colleagues).

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, and shortly in a research project on so called 'second generation' migrants in Emilia Romagna (Italy).


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), and in 2022 a visiting scientist at the University of Turin (Italy). As a student I was a visiting scholar at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (New York) and while an Erasmus student at Rotterdam University (with Rene van Swaaningen), I attended also a course on Historiography of Feminist Ideas with Rosi Braidotti in the Women's Studies Centre at Utrecht University (Netherlands).



CRM 2001 Criminological Theory (designer, convenor, lecturer and tutor)

CRM3007 Criminology Beyond Borders (Designer, Convenor, Lecturer and tutor)

SOC9071 Algorithms and Society (MA level) (Designer, Convenor and Lecturer)


In the past

SOC1005 Digital Society

CRM1001 Introduction to Criminology

CRM1002 Exploring Criminology

CRM3002 Research Dissertation. 

CRM2008 Development of Policing (Interrnational Policing)

CRM3002 Research Project and Dissertation (Literature Review).

EDU8102 Theories, Frameworks and Concepts (MA level)

SOC9024 Key Issues in Social Theory (Governmentality Theory)- MA level

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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