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Dr Anna Di Ronco

Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Dr Anna Di Ronco
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    6.351, Colchester Campus

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Profile

Biography

Centre for Criminology Deputy Director Second Year Module Coordinator and Enrichment 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 its 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 incivilities, local-level policing, urban resistance, criminalised environmental movements and social media protest. She 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. On the topic of the social control of urban incivilities, Anna recently co-edited a book titled 'Harm and Disorder in the Urban Space: Social Control, Sense and Sensibility' (Routledge, 2021). With a team of colleagues from the Centre for Criminology, she also co-authored one of the UK's best selling criminology textbooks (Criminology: A Sociological Introduction, 4th ed.; published by Routledge in 2020). Anna gave numerous presentations and papers at conferences in the UK and abroad, and was also invited to give guest talks in many universities, including UNICAMP (Brazil), VUB and Ghent University (Belgium), the Universities of Trento , Pisa and Sassari (Italy), BGU (Israel), and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY, US). In 2017 and 2019 respectively, she visited the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU, Israel) and the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies (VUB, Belgium) 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 - present)

  • Event Co-ordinator, Sociology, University of Essex (1/8/2018 - 16/8/2020)

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

  • Second Year Module Coordinator and Enrichment, Sociology, University of Essex (5/10/2020 - 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

Environmental movements/protest

Open to supervise

Non-science-based health practices and their social harm

Open to supervise

urban studies

Open to supervise

social media protest

Open to supervise

Current research

Local-level prostitution policies and practices and their effects on sex workers -- Project funded by The Sociological Review Foundation (£5,149).

Harm and disorder in the urban space: social control, sense and sensibility

Environmental protest in activist practice and social visual media -- funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant 2018 (SRG18R1\181324).

Conferences and presentations

When dissent is criminalised: Environmental movements speaking up against megaprojects

Virtual workshop on 'Environmental restorative justice: A new justice framework for preventing and addressing environmental harms', Oñati Institute for the Sociology of Law, 4/6/2021

Regulating migrants in the city: the case of sex work

Invited presentation, Guest Lecture within the Course on “International and European Migration Policies and Law”, University of Sassari, 31/5/2021

"Doing social media research'. Representing environmental harm & resistance on Twitter: The case of the TAP pipeline in Italy

Invited presentation, Guest lecture in the course "Qualitative methods in criminology", Ghent University, Guest lecture in the course "Qualitative methods in criminology", Ghent, Belgium, 27/4/2021

Dal centro alla periferia: politiche e pratiche di regolazione del sex work

Invited presentation, Convegno "Periferia/periferie: teorie, prospettive, contesti" 14 aprile 2021., Pisa, Italy, 14/4/2021

The changing remit and reach of crime prevention and their implications for people’s rights

Invited presentation, 73rd Dies Natalis Conference - SIB Groningen, 26/11/2020

Technosocial green resistance: the uses of digital communication technology in activist practice

Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology (online), 10/9/2020

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

'Law in action: Local-level and collaborative governance of prostitution in two European cities – Antwerp (Belgium) and Catania (Italy)

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)

  • Formative Debates in Criminology (SC555)

  • PhD Colloquium 1: Defining Your Research (SC800)

Publications

Journal articles (14)

Di Ronco, A., Critical criminological research on environmental and social harm: Some lessons learnt and suggestions for future research. Criminological Encounters

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. 0, 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 (3)

Persak, N. and Di Ronco, A., (2021). Harm and Disorder in the Urban Space: Social Control, Sense and Sensibility. Routledge. 9780367552664

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 (Fourth edition). Routledge

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

Book chapters (9)

Di Ronco, A. and Persak, N., (2021). When the city smells: Perceptions of decay and physical disorder in Rome. In: Harm and Disorder in the Urban Space: Social Control, Sense and Sensibility. Editors: Persak, N. and Di Ronco, A., . Routledge. 101- 120. 9780367552664

Di Ronco, A., (2021). Power at play: The policing of sex work across two European cities. In: Harm and Disorder in the Urban Space: Social Control, Sense and Sensibility. Editors: Persak, N. and Di Ronco, A., . Routledge. 142- 164. 9780367552664

Persak, N. and Di Ronco, A., (2021). Incivilities, harm and social control in urban space. In: Harm and Disorder in the Urban Space: Social Control, Sense and Sensibility. Editors: Persak, N. and Di Ronco, A., . Routledge. 1- 12. 9780367552664

Di Ronco, A. and Persak, N., (2021). The sensory, emotive and power dimensions of incivilities and their social control in the city. In: Harm and Disorder in the Urban Space: Social Control, Sense and Sensibility. Editors: Persak, N. and Di Ronco, A., . Routledge. 187- 195. 9780367552664

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

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. Editors: van Duyne, P., Serdyuk, A., Antonopoulos, G., Harvey, J. and von Lampe, K., . Eleven International Publishing. 149- 178. 978-94-6236-955-9

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. Editors: van Duyne, P., Serdyuk, A., Antonopoulos, G., Harvey, J. and von Lampe, K., . Eleven Publishing. 19- 48. 978-94-6236-955-9

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

Di Ronco, A., (2016). Understanding uncivil behaviour through urban space and culture. In: Regulation and Social Control of Incivilities. Editors: Persak, N., . Routledge. 108- 124. 9781138951549

Conferences (1)

Di Ronco, A. and Allen-Robertson, J., (2018). Activism against medicine on social media: untangling the #novax protest in Italy on Twitter

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

Academic support hours:

On email appointment.