Academic Staff

Dr Anna Sergi

Position in departmentDeputy Director Centre for Criminology
Staff positionLecturer in Criminology
Telephone3046 (non Essex users should add 01206-87 to the beginning of this number)
Office hoursMondays 11-12 by email

Anna Sergi holds a PhD in Sociology (2014), with specialisation in Criminology, from the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex. Her research specialism is in organised crime studies and comparative criminal justice. She has published extensively in renowned peer-review journals in criminology on topics related to Italian mafias both in Italy and abroad as well as on policing strategies against organised crime across states.

Since September 2015 she lectures in criminology at the University of Essex. In Autumn 2015 she has been working as a consultant for the Australian Institute of Criminology, in Canberra and as a Research Fellow at Flinders Law School, in Adelaide.
Before joining Essex, she was a lecturer in Policing and Crime Sciences at the University of West London. In early 2014 she has contributed as a Research Assistant, seconded to the National Crime Agency in London, to a project of the University of Cambridge, within the RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme in early 2014. In this position Anna is looking at the requirements of the NCA for social and behaviorual sciences research in the fight against serious and organised crime.

In Autumn 2013, Anna has visited the New York School of Law, Center for Research in Crime and Justice, as Program Affiliate Scholar, to work on a comparative project on criminal law and justice against organised crime groups in the USA and in England and Wales.

Prior to starting her doctorate, Anna has completed her five-years degree in law in Italy, at the University of Bologna in 2009, majoring with honours (cum laude) in International and European Criminal Procedure, followed by a Master of Law (LL.M.) in Criminal Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice with merit at King’s College, in London.

After completing her LL.M, Anna has worked in the private sector for one year, first as an Intern in the Forensics and Anti-Money Laundering Department of Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Milan, Italy and afterwards as Staigiare Paralegal in the Italian Desk and Litigation Department for Withers LLP in London.

Since she has joined Essex in 2011 Anna has also been very committed to teaching. She has conducted lectures and seminars in various fields of criminology (among which Organised Crime modules at both UG and PG levels) at the University of Essex, University of West London, University of Roehampton, London Metropolitan University.

Last but not least, Anna is now Chair of the Early Career Researchers Network of the British Society of Criminology, She joined the BSC Executive Committee in April 2013 as Co-Chair of the Post-graduate Committee. Between November 2012 and December 2015 she was Newsletter Editor, sitting in the Executive Committee of the ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime.


Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza, Università di Bologna, Italy, 2009

LL.M in Criminal Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice, King's College, London, UK 2009

Visiting Scholar, Center for Crime and Justice, New York University School of Law, USA, 2013

Ph.D. Sociology (Criminology) University of Essex, 2014

PG Cert - Associate Fellowship Higher Education Academy, 2014

Visiting Research Fellow Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra, Australia, 2015

Visiting Research Fellow Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, 2015

Visiting International Fellow, University of Montreal, Canada, 2017

Visiting International Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2017

Current research

  • Cultural differences or Cultural Bias? Policing the Calabrian 'ndrangheta across borders - British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant 2017/2018 
  • Corruption, Mafia Power and Soccer
  • European Innovation Funds and Environmental Crimes, mafia power and bad governance in Calabria, Southern Italy.
  • Corruption and Organised Crime in Public Sector
  • Mafia Capitale Trial in Italy and the re-definition of mafia-type organised crime through social network analysis
  • Children and mafia families, behviours and subculture.
Teaching responsibilities

Organised Crime (PG)

Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Policy (PG)

Globalisation and Crime (UG)



Journal Articles

  • Lavorgna, A. and A. Sergi (2016) ‘Serious, therefore organised? A critique of the ‘serious and organised crime’ and ‘cyber-organised crime’ rhetoric in the United Kingdom’, International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 18 (2), 170-187 
  • Sergi, A. (2016) Countering the Australian ‘Ndrangheta. The criminalisation of mafia behaviour in Australia between national and comparative criminal law, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Online First, DOI: 10.1177/0004865816652367
  • Sergi. A. (2016) “A proposito di Mafia Capitale. Spunti per tipizzare il fenomeno mafioso nei sistemi di common law”, Rivista di Studi e Ricerche sulla criminalità organizzata, Vol. 2 No.1 p. 96-116, Open Access
  • Sergi A. (2016)  National Security vs Criminal Law. Perspectives, Doubts and Concerns on the criminalisation of organised crime in England and Wales, European Journal of Criminal Policy and Research, Online First, DOI 10.1007/s10610-016-9304-3
  • Sergi A. (2016), 'A qualitative reading of the ecological (dis) organisation of criminal associations. The case of the ‘Famiglia Basilischi’in Italy', Trends in Organized Crime, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 149–174
  • Sergi A. (2015), ‘The Italian Anti-Mafia System between Practice and Symbolism: Evaluating Contemporary Views on the Italian Structure Model against Organized Crime’, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, doi: 10.1093/police/pav028
  • Sergi A. (2015), ‘Divergent Mind-sets, Convergent Policies. Policing Models against Organised Crime in Italy and in England within International Frameworks’, European Journal of Criminology, Online First, DOI: 10.1177/1477370815578196
  • Sergi A. (2015) ‘Organised Crime in English Criminal Law, Lessons from the United States on conspiracy and enterprise corruption’, Journal of Money Laundering Control, Special Issue Organised Crime, origins and projections, Vol. 18, Issue 2
  • Sergi, A. (2015) ‘The evolution of the Australian ‘ndrangheta. An historical perspective’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Vol. 48(2) pp. 155-174
  • Sergi A. (2014), ‘Organised Crime and the Law: Conspiracy and Membership Offences in Italian, English and international frameworks, King’s Law Journal, Vol. 25 Issue 2
  • Sergi A. (2014), ‘Structure vs Activity: two models to fight organised crime and their criticisms’, Policing: A Journal for Policy and Practice, vol.8 no.1, pp. 69-78
  • Lavorgna A. and A. Sergi, (2014) Typologies of organised crime in Italy. The multifaceted spectrum of Italian criminal associations and their different attitudes in the financial crisis and in the use of Internet technologies, International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, vol.42, no.1, pp. 16-32
  •  Lavorgna A., Lombardo R., Sergi A. (2013), Organized Crime in Three Regions: Comparing the Veneto, Liverpool and Chicago, Trends in Organized Crime, (16) 265-285


Books/ Book Chapters

  • Sergi, A., (2017) From Mafia to Organised Crime: a Comparative Analysis of Policing Models, London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan (Critical Criminological Series)
  • Sergi, A. and Lavorgna, A. (2016) ''Ndrangheta. The glocal dimensions of the most powerful Italian Mafia', Palgrave Pivot Series, London-New York:  Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-3-319-32585-9
  • Testa A. and A. Sergi, (book contract, due 2018) Corruption, Mafia Power and Italian Soccer, London: Routledge

  • Sergi, A. and N. South (2016), ‘Earth, Water, Air, Fire. Environmental Crimes, Mafia Power and Political Negligence in Calabria’, in Antonopolous, G. (ed) Illegal Entrepreneurship, ‘Organised Crime’ and Social Control: Essays in Honour of Professor Dick Hobbs, Netherlands: Springer
  • Sergi A. (2015), ‘Mafia and Politics as Concurrent Governance Actors. Revisiting political power and crime in Southern Italy’, in Petrus C. van Duyne, Almir Maljević, Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Jackie Harvey, Klaus von Lampe (eds.), The relativity of wrongdoing: Corruption, organised crime, fraud and money laundering in perspective, Oisterwijk: Wolf Legal Publishers , pp. 43-70
  • Sergi, A. (2016, forthcoming) ‘The role of Criminal Intelligence Agencies in Crime Prevention’, in Tenca, M. (ed). Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety for Latin America, Ediciones Didot: Buenos Aires
  • Lavorgna A. and A. Sergi, (2014) Different manifestations of organised crime and corruption in Italy: a socio-legal analysis, in P. van Duyne, J. Harvey, G.A. Antonopolous et al., Corruption, Greed and Crime Money, Sleaze and Shady Economy in Europe and Beyond, Wolf  legal publishers, the Netherlands
  • Sergi A., (2013) La perduta Lucania Felix I Basilischi e gli ultimi 20 anni di criminalità organizzata in Basilicata, in Ciconte E., Forgione F. and Sales I. (eds) Atlante delle mafie (vol. II). Storia, economia, società, cultura, Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino Editore
  • Sergi A. (2013) ‘La ’ndrangheta migrante e il caso Australia’, in Cappelli, V., Masi G and Sergi P. (eds), Calabria migrante, Rende: Centro di Ricerca sulle Migrazioni, Special Issue of Rivista Calabrese di Storia del ‘900(1)
  • Kupka P. and A. Sergi (2012) ’Ndrangheta: Příčina i důsledek kalábrijského strádání. In Organizovaný zločin. Praha : Auditorium pp. 27Descrizione:

Other publications

  • Sergi, A. (2017) Italian judges removing children from mafia families are right to think long term, The Conversation, 10 May 2017,
  • Sergi, A. (2017) Building sites. Criminal groups exploit natural disasters. Jane's Intelligence Review, February, pp.42-45
  • Sergi, A. (2016) Thick as Thieves. Nigerian gangs partner with the Sicilian mafia, Jane’s Intelligence Review, September, pages 44-45
  • Sergi, A. (2016) Brexit could make life easier for organised crime gangs, The Conversation, 6 June 2016,
  • Sergi, A. (2016) ‘Meet the ’Ndrangheta – and why it’s time to bust some myths about the Calabrian mafia’, The Conversation, 4 February 2016,
  • Sergi, A. (2015) ‘No, the Mafia won't protect us from Islamic State – we'll have to do that ourselves', The Conversation, 10 December 2015,
  • Sergi, A. (2015) ‘The mafia mega-trial that has Italy on tenterhooks’, The Conversation, 11 November 2015,
  • Sergi, A. (2015) ‘Family Fortunes: Calabrian mafia extends international reach’, Jane’s Intelligence Review, September 2015, pp- 44-47
  • Sergi, A. (2015) ‘Why a law on organised crime is not such a good idea’, The Conversation, 11 June 2015, Online at
  • Sergi A. (2015) Criminal Minds. Social Sciences helps tackling organized crime, Jane’s Intelligence Review, January, pages 44-47
  • Sergi, A. (2014) An Introduction to Transnational Criminal Law (by Neil Boister), book review, Internet Journal of Criminology, ISSN 2045 6743 (Online)
  • Sergi A. (2014) Lush Life. Constructing organized crime in the UK (by Dick Hobbs), Daedalus, Quaderni di Storia e Scienze Sociali, Vol.5 (Online)
  • Sergi A. (2013) High value cargo crime in Italy, Jane’s Intelligence Review, not for distribution
  • Sergi A. and Lavorgna A., (2012) Trade Secrets: Italian Mafia Expands its Illicit Business, Jane’s Intelligence Review, September
  • Sergi A. (2012) Family Influence: Italian Mafia Group Operates in Australia, Jane’s Intelligence Review, August
  • Sergi A. (2012) Fifth Column, Italy’s Basilischi Mafia Crime Group re-emerges, Jane’s Intelligence Review, June
  • Sergi A. (2012) Mersey Heat: Gang Culture in Liverpool, Jane’s Intelligence Review, February
  • Sergi A. (2011) Crime stoppers: UK Overhauls organised crime policing, Jane’s Intelligence Review, December
Study areas

Organised Crime

Mafia Crimes



Policy discourse

International and Comparative Criminal Justice

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