Di Ronco, Anna
Anna is a senior lecturer in Criminology at the Sociology Department of the University of Essex and Director of 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 (June 2016). Before starting her PhD, she completed a five-years degree in law at the University of Trento (Italy; March 2011). Anna’s research focuses on urban incivilities, the regulation of sex work, 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. She is a member of various international networks including the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, and the British and European Societies of Criminology.
Area(s) of expertise: urban incivilities, the regulation of sex work, local-level policing, urban resistance, criminalised environmental movements