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Dr Anna Di Ronco

Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Dr Anna Di Ronco
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872115

  • Location

    6.351, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Tuesdays, 11-12am Wednesdays, 11-12am Academic Support Hours will NOT take place during the week starting with Nov 4th. They will become available again in the next week (on Nov 12 and 13).

Profile

Biography

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 regulation, representation and enforcement of incivilities in the urban space, and individuals’ and groups’ resistance to social control in the physical and digital space. 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

Street sex work

Urban policing

Media representations

Crime prevention and security measures

Economic organised crime, Corruption

Conferences and presentations

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)

Publications

Journal articles (11)

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 (1)

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 Allen-Robertson, J., 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

Di Ronco, A. and Lavorgna, A., (2019). Constructing migrants as crime and public order problems: comparing local press representations in two Italian cities. In: Combatting Cross-border Crime in East- and West-Europe Borders. Eleven Publishing

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. Eleven International Publishing

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

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

Academic support hours:

Tuesdays, 11-12am Wednesdays, 11-12am Academic Support Hours will NOT take place during the week starting with Nov 4th. They will become available again in the next week (on Nov 12 and 13).