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Anna Sergi

Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Essex

Anna Sergi holds a PhD in Sociology (2014), with specialisation in Criminology, from the University of Essex, where she currently is a Senior Lecturer.  She specialises in organised crime and comparative criminal justice and, more recently, drug importations through seaports. She has published extensively in renowned journals and she has authored four books (2020).

Prior to her PhD Anna completed her degree in law at the University of Bologna, and a Master of Law (LL.M.) in Criminal Law at Kings College London. Anna has worked in the private sector shortly too, first in Forensics for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Milan and afterwards in the Italian Desk of Withers LLP in London. Anna has been a Visiting Scholar in various institutions such as New York University, University of Melbourne and University of Montreal and she has been a Consultant for the Australian Institute of Criminology.

During her research she has worked with the Australian Federal Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, FBI, Italian Antimafia, UK National Crime Agency and Europol. Anna has received grants for research from the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. She is the recipient of the 2017 Award Italy Made Me by the Italian Embassy in London, the 2018 Essex Impact Award for her research on the Calabrian mafia in Australia and the 2018 Italian Chamber of Commerce award “Talented Young Italians” for the Research & Innovation category.



  • Sergi, A. (2020) The Port-Crime Interface. A Report on Organised Crime and Corruption in Seaports, Kindle Direct Publishing & Amazon Media
  • Testa A. and A. Sergi, (2018) Corruption, Mafia Power and Italian Soccer, London: Routledge
  • Sergi, A., (2017) From Mafia to Organised Crime: a Comparative Analysis of Policing Models, London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan (Critical Criminological Series)
  • Sergi A. and A. Lavorgna (2016) ‘Ndrangheta. The glocal dimensions of the most powerful Italian mafia, London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Selected Journal Articles

  • Sergi, A. (2020), Policing the Port, Watching the City. Manifestations of Organised Crime in the Port of Genoa, Policing & Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, Online First,
  • Sergi A. (2020), Playing Pac-Man in Portville: Policing the Fragmentation and Dilution of Drug Importations through Major Seaports, European Journal of Criminology, Online First,
  • Sergi, A. (2019) ‘Constructing the mafia concept on the bench: the legal battles in the ‘Mafia Capitale’ case in Rome, International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 58, September, 100-112
  • Sergi, A. (2019) “Polycephaous ‘ndrangheta. The Criminal, Organisational and Behavioural Dimensions of the Calabrian Mafia in Australia”, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 52(1), pp-3-22
  • Sergi A. (2018) ‘Widening the Antimafia Net. Mafia Behaviour, Cultural Transmission and Children Protection in Calabrian mafia families’, Youth Justice, 8(2) p. 149-168
  • Sergi, A. (2018) ‘What’s in a name? Shifting identities of Traditional Organised Crime in Canada in the Transnational Fight against the Calabrian ‘ndrangheta’, Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 60 (4), pp.427-454
  • Lavorgna, A. and A. Sergi (2016) ‘Serious, therefore organised? A critique of the ‘serious and organised crime’ and ‘cyber-organised crime’ rhetoric in the United Kingdom’, International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 18 (2), 170-187
  • Sergi A. (2016), ‘National Security vs Criminal Law. Perspectives, Doubts and Concerns on the criminalisation of organised crime in England and Wales’, European Journal of Criminal Policy and Research, 22(4), 713-729