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Dr Anna Di Ronco

Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Dr Anna Di Ronco

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Biography

Centre for Criminology Deputy Director Department of Sociology Ethics Officer (SU) Member of the Human Rights Centre Anna is a senior lecturer in Criminology at the Sociology Department of the University of Essex and Deputy Director for the Centre for Criminology. She has joined the Department of Sociology in September 2016, after working at the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law of Ghent University (Belgium), where she completed her PhD in Criminology. Before starting her PhD, she completed a five-years degree in law at the University of Trento (Italy). Anna’s research focuses on urban and digital criminologies, and on social harm in non-science-based health practices. Within the first two areas, her main research interests cover the penalisation of incivilities in urban settings, and individuals' resistance to social control both on-the-ground and online. She has published her research extensively in all these areas in internationally peer-reviewed journals, including The European Journal of Criminology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Crime, Law & Social Change, Crime, Media & Culture, and The International Journal of Crime, Law and Justice. Anna has also co-authored one of the UK's best selling criminology textbooks (Criminology: A Sociological Introduction) with a team of colleagues from the Centre for Criminology and has co-edited a book on medical misinformation and social harm in non-science based health practices (both to be published in late 2019). Anna has given numerous presentations and papers at conferences in the UK and abroad, and has also been invited to give guest talks in many universities, including UNICAMP (Brazil), the University of Sassari (Italy), BGU (Israel), and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY, US). In 2019, she visited the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies (VUB, Belgium) as a visiting research fellow. Her two more recent research projects focus on the local regulation of prostitution in European cities and their effects on sex workers (funder: The Sociological Review Foundation), and on the role of social media in supporting otherwise criminalised or silenced environmental activism (funder: British Academy/Leverhulme Trust).

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Criminology (Ghent University, Belgium)

  • LLM (University of Trento, Italy)

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Personal Tutor, Sociology, University of Essex (1/9/2017 - 31/8/2018)

  • Event Co-ordinator, Sociology, University of Essex (1/8/2018 - present)

  • Deputy Director of the Centre for Criminology @UoECrim, Sociology, University of Essex (1/9/2018 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Regulation and social control of uncivil behaviour

Open to supervise

Criminalisation of sex work

Open to supervise

Urban policing

Open to supervise

Criminalisation of environmental protest

Open to supervise

Non-science-based medical practices and their social harm

Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

Invited talk at the University of Trento (Italy)

Trento, Italy, 18/10/2019

Medical misinformation and social harm in non-science-based health practices

EUROCRIM 2019, Ghent 18-21 September 2019, Ghent, Belgium, 20/9/2019

Representations of environmental protest online and offline

EUROCRIM 2019, 18-21 September 2019, Ghent, Belgium, 19/9/2019

Representations of environmental protest online and offline

RESISTING STATE-CORPORATE HARMS IN TIMES OF REPRESSION TOWARDS A THEORY OF INSURRECTION, Barcelona 4-6 September 2019, Barcelona, Spain, 6/9/2019

Law in action: local-level and collaborative governance of prostitution in two European cities

The International Workshop ‘The Police and Sex Work: then and now’ (Berlin, 13-14 August 2019), Berlin, Germany, 14/8/2019

Invited talk

- Workshop on Migration, Trafficking, sex Work and the Law, Pagù (UNICAMP), Campinas, Brazil, 1-5 July 2019, Campinas, Brazil, 2/7/2019

Law in action: local-level and collaborative governance of prostitution in two European cities

Annual Meeting on Law and Society (Washington DC, May 30 - June 2, 2019), Washington D.C., United States, 31/5/2019

Invited talk at The Research Group Crime and Society (CRiS) (VUB), 28th February 2019

Brussels, Belgium, 28/2/2019

Invited talk at the

Centre of Expertise Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality (RHEA) (VUB), 25th February2019, Brussels, Belgium, 25/2/2019

The Representation of environmental protest online and offline: The case of the TAP pipeline

Invited presentation, Invited talk at the Centre for Environment and Society (CES), 7/11/2018

Activism against medicine on social media: untangling the #novax protest on Twitter

18th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 31/8/2018

Representing environmental harm and resistance on Twitter: The case of the TAP pipeline in Italy

Global Issues, Cultural Perspectives, Utrecht, Netherlands, 29/6/2018

Invited talk at the University of Sassari (Italy)

Invited presentation, research seminar, Sassari, Italy, 16/5/2018

Invited talk at BGU

Invited presentation, Research seminars, Beersheba, Israel, 20/12/2017

Representing environmental harm and resistance on Twitter: The case of the TAP pipeline in Italy

Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 18/9/2017

Invited talk at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)

Invited presentation, 11/9/2017

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Sociology of Crime and Control (SC204)

  • Crime, Media and Culture (SC306)

  • Formative Debates in Criminology (SC555)

  • PhD Colloquium 1: Defining Your Research (SC800)

  • Globalisation and Crime (SC304)

  • Sociology - Research (SC999)

Publications

Journal articles (13)

Di Ronco, A. and Allen-Robertson, J., (2020). Representations of environmental protest on the ground and in the cloud: The NOTAP protests in activist practice and social visual media. Crime, Media, Culture, 174165902095388-174165902095388

Di Ronco, A., (2020). Law in Action: Local-level prostitution policies and practices and their effects on sex workers. European Journal of Criminology, 147737082094140-147737082094140

Di Ronco, A., Allen-Robertson, J. and South, N., (2019). Representing environmental harm and resistance on Twitter: The case of the TAP pipeline. Crime, Media, Culture. 15 (1), 143-168

Di Ronco, A. and Lavorgna, A., (2018). Changing representations of organized crime in the Italian press. Trends in Organized Crime. 21 (1), 1-23

Di Ronco, A., (2018). Disorderly or simply ugly? Representations of the local regulation of street prostitution in the Italian press and their policy implications. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice. 52, 10-22

Persak, N. and Di Ronco, A., (2018). Urban space and the social control of incivilities: perceptions of space influencing the regulationof anti-social behaviour. Crime, Law and Social Change. 69 (3), 329-347

Lavorgna, A. and Di Ronco, A., (2018). Media representations of complementary and alternative medicine in the Italian press: a criminological perspective. European Journal of Criminology. 15 (4), 421-441

Di Ronco, A., (2017). La estrategia europea de la prevención de la delincuencia a través del incivismo a examen [Inspecting the European crime prevention strategy towards incivilities]. InDret. 2017 (4)

Di Ronco, A., (2016). Media representation of regulated incivilities: Relevant actors, problems, solutions and the role played by experts in the Flemish press. Criminology and Criminal Justice. 16 (5), 585-601

Di Ronco, A., (2016). Public drunkenness as a nuisance in Ghent (Belgium) and Trento (Italy). Crime, Law and Social Change. 66 (1), 59-81

Di Ronco, A., (2016). Inspecting the European crime prevention strategy towards incivilities. Crime Prevention and Community Safety. 18 (2), 141-160

Di Ronco, A. and Lavorgna, A., (2015). Fair play? Not so much: Corruption in the Italian football. Trends in Organized Crime. 18 (3), 176-195

Di Ronco, A. and Peršak, N., (2014). Regulation of incivilities in the UK, Italy and Belgium: Courts as potential safeguards against legislative vagueness and excessive use of penalising powers?. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice. 42 (4), 340-365

Books (2)

Carrabine, E., Cox, P., Cox, A., Crowhurst, I., Di Ronco, A., Fussey, P., Sergi, A., South, N., Thiel, D. and Turton, J., (2020). Criminology. A Sociological Introduction. Routledge

Lavorgna, A. and Ronco, AD., (2019). Medical Misinformation and Social Harm in Non-science Based Health Practices A Multidisciplinary Perspective. Routledge. 1138388661. 9781138388666

Book chapters (5)

Di Ronco, A. and Lavorgna, A., (2019). Constructing migrants as crime and public order problems: comparing local press representations in two Italian cities. In: Constructing and Organising Crime in Europe. Eleven Publishing. 978-94-6236-955-9

Di Ronco, A. and Sergi, A., (2019). From harmless incivilities to not-so serious organised crime activities: The expanded realm of European crime prevention and some suggestions on how to limit it. In: Constructing and Organising Crime in Europe. Eleven International Publishing. 978-94-6236-955-9

Di Ronco, A. and Allen-Robertson, J., (2019). Activism against medicine on social media: untangling the #novax protest in Italy on Twitter. In: Medical Misinformation and Social harm in Non-Science Based Health Practices: A Multidisciplinary Perspective. Editors: Lavorgna, A. and Di Ronco, A., . Routledge. 9781138388666

Lavorgna, A. and Di Ronco, A., (2017). Fraud victims or unwary accomplices? An exploratory study of online communities supporting quack medicine.. In: The many faces of crime for profit and ways of tackling it. Editors: van Duyne, PC., Harvey, J., Antonopoulos, GA. and von Lampe, K., . Wolf Legal Publishers. 9789462404366

Persak, N., (2016). Regulation and Social Control of Incivilities. In: Regulation and Social Control of Incivilities. Routledge. 108- 124. 9781138951549

Conferences (1)

Di Ronco, A. and Allen-Robertson, J., Activism against medicine on social media: untangling the #novax protest in Italy on Twitter

Other (1)

Di Ronco, A., Law in action: local-level and collaborative governance of prostitution in two European cities - Antwerp (Belgium) and Catania (Italy)

Grants and funding

2020

ContraST: Roundtable on governing sex work and �human trafficking� in European cities

University of Essex

2018

Law in action: local-level and collaborative governance of prostitution in two European cities

The Sociological Review

The representation of environmental protest Online and Offline

British Academy

Contact

a.dironco@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872115

Location:

6.351, Colchester Campus