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Dr Anna Di Ronco

Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Dr Anna Di Ronco
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872115

  • Location

    6.351, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Tuesdays, 11:00-13:00

Profile

Biography

I have joined the Department of Sociology in September 2016. Previously, I have worked at the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law of Ghent University (Belgium), where I have completed my PhD in Criminology. Before starting my PhD, I have completed my five-years degree in law at the University of Trento (Italy). My main research interests cover the regulation, representation and enforcement of ‘anti-social behaviour’, and individual’s resistance to social control in the physical and digital space. My more recent projects look into the local collaborative governance of prostitution in European cities, and into the role of social media in supporting (otherwise criminalised or silenced) activism - environmental activism, in particular. Currently, I am also co-editing a multidisciplinary book on medical misinformation and social harm in non-science based health practices, which will be published in 2019. I have published my research extensively 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. I have also been invited to give guest talks in many universities, including the University of Sassari (Italy), The Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS) at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU, Israel), and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY, New York City). In 2019, I will visit the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies (VUB) as a visiting research fellow.

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)

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

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, 11:00-13:00