Fiamma Terenghi


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Fiamma Terenghi is Lecturer in Criminology. She joined the Department of Criminology in January 2022 where she teaches in the areas of punishment and victimology. Fiamma completed her PhD in 2012 at the Catholic University of Milan, and before starting her PhD she completed a five-years degree in Sociology at the Faculty of Sociology of the University of Trento. Since 2013 she has been Research Fellow in Criminology and member of the research group eCrime – ICT, law & Criminology at the Faculty of Law of the University of Trento in Italy. During her academic career Fiamma has also developed broad expertise in the fields of urban security and policing working as a PhD researcher at Transcrime – Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime and as a research consultant for the Region of Emilia-Romagna and the Urban Security Office of the Local Police of the Municipality of Cremona (Italy).

Research interests

Fiamma’s research interests lie in transnational organised crime; illegal markets (drug trafficking, tobacco smuggling, human trafficking for sexual and labor exploitation) and their financial management; counterfeiting, the role of digital technologies in facilitating crime/organised crime activities, cybercrime. On these topics, she has published in internationally peer-reviewed journals (European Journal of Criminology, Trends in Organized Crime) and she has co-authored two books published by Springer: Technology in Human Smuggling and Trafficking: case studies from Italy and the United Kingdom (2020) and Human Trafficking Finances: Evidence from Three European Countries (2019).

Other research

Fiamma has developed sound expertise working in European interdisciplinary and applied research projects (both as PI and Col) on organised crime, drug trafficking and human trafficking. She is collaborating to the European research project V-BAR. Preventing organised vehicle crime by developing barriers. The project is funded by the European Commission DG Migration and Home Affairs (ISFP 2020) and coordinated by Ghent University (BE) in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Democracy (BG) and CVV - Centrum voor Criminaliteitspreventie en Veiligheid (NL).

Previous research projects:

FINOCA 2.0 Financing of organised crime activities - focus on human trafficking (2017-2019)

PAYBACK – Towards a EU data management system for seized assets (2016-2018)

The Illicit trade of tobacco products along the Balkan route: Addressing institutional gaps and corruption (2017-2019)

STOPFAKE. An ICT tool to collect, monitor and analyse data on counterfeiting and organised crime to support investigation and prevention (2014-2016)

AMOC. Study on paving the way for future policy initiatives in the field of fight against organised crime - effectiveness of specific criminal law measures targeting organised crime (2013-2014)

FINOCA. Financing of organised crime activities (2012-2014)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The social construction of bullies and victims: An explorative study of Italian and English newspapers, Catholic University of Milan

Award Date: 5 Mar 2012

External positions

Associate Lecturer in Criminology, University of Manchester (UOM)

1 Feb 202130 Jun 2021

Research Fellow in Criminology and member of the research group eCrime - ICT, law & criminology, Universita Degli Studi di Trento


Areas of expertise

  • HM Sociology
  • Organised crime
  • Drug trafficking
  • Human trafficking/smuggling
  • Cybercrime
  • Urban security
  • Policing


  • Organised crime
  • Drug trafficking
  • Human trafficking for sexual/labour exploitation
  • Cybercrime
  • Role of digital technologies in crime


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