Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Criminology Federico Varese is one of the recipients of the highly competitive European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant, it was announced yesterday.
The project – CRIMGOV – will provide a new, tripartite framework to analyse organised criminal activity around the world, and, in a field of study where good-quality data is scarce, will build up valuable datasets which are time-consuming and difficult to compile.
ERC Advanced Grants support leading researchers with a recognised track record of research achievements. The grants are part of the Horizon 2020 programme, and award a total of €507 million to 209 researchers across Europe.
Speaking to the Department of Sociology yesterday, Federico said:
“It is a great honour – and a great responsibility – to receive an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. I am very much looking forward to starting these interrelated research projects on the activities of crime groups, with the aim to go beyond the catch-all concept of ‘organised crime’. I will study how organised crime groups produce, trade, and govern in a variety of settings across the globe.”
Federico is also the author of Mafia Life: Love, Death and Money at the Heart of Organised Crime (Profile Books, 2017). For more information about the CRIMGOV project, see the Department of Sociology’s news story.