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Anna Sergi

Professor of Criminology, University of Essex

Anna Sergi holds a PhD in Sociology (2014), with specialization in Criminology, from the University of Essex, where she currently is a Professor. She specializes in organized crime and comparative criminal justice and, more recently, drug importations through seaports. She has published extensively in renowned journals and, in English, she has authored five books (2021) with a sixth one expected in summer 2022 and a seventh co-authored one in the pipeline for 2023. She has also published a book in Italian.

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. In 2021 She was awarded the prize “Educator of the Year” by the University of Essex.



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