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Violence Research Centre


The VRC carries out interdisciplinary research on the causes, prevention and consequences of interpersonal violence in national and international societies. In the third of a series of profiles of VRC researchers, we introduce our Lecturer in Criminology and Complex Networks, Dr Paolo Campana - who investigates criminal activities, gang violence and illegal markets.


Which are the three questions that drive your work?

  • How are criminal activities organised?
  • How does organised crime work? 
  • How does systemic violence emerge? 


Which three keywords summarise your research?

  • Organised crime 
  • Illegal markets
  • Social networks' analysis 


What is the current focus of your studies?

I am currently working on exploring instances of illegal governance of markets and communities provided by organised crime groups. This is part of the i-Gov Project that I am leading. Additionally, I am studying the mechanisms underpinning systemic violence using a social network analysis approach, which is one of the main foci of the Crime & Networks Group based at the VRC.


Dr Campana’s research pages


If you missed our previous articles in the series, read about Dr Maria Ttofi’s research here and Dr Sara Valdebenito's projects here.




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