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Dr Luca Giommoni

Dr Luca Giommoni


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2.13, Glamorgan Building
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I am a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University.

My research interests are in the areas of illicit markets, drug policy and the use of social media data to research illicit markets. In particular I am interested in how new forms of data collection (e.g. crowdsourcing, social sensing, web-scrapers and any other form of computer-mediated communication data) can be used to better understand the inner working of illicit markets and help practitioners and policy makers to develop strategies to reduce harm and improve the health of communities.

Prior to the current appointment I was a PhD candidate at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan and a researcher at Trasncrime (2011-2015). From August 2013 to Febraury 2014, I was a visiting scholar at University of Maryland, College Park (MD), where I collaborated with Professor Peter Reuter. I graduated magna cum laude in Applied Social Science, specializing in Crime Sciences and Technologies for Security, at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan (2011).

I welcome proposals from prospective Ph.D. students with an interest in drug policy, illicit markets, darknet markets and the use of computer-mediated communications to research crime-related problems.  


Education and qualifications

2011 - 2015: PhD. (Criminology), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, Italy.

2013 - 2014: Visiting Scholar, University of Maryland (MD), USA.

2009 - 2011: MSc (Applied Social Sciences), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, Italy.

2011: Erasmus student, University of Maribor, Slovenia.

2005 - 2009: BSc (Criminal Investigation), Università degli Studi dell'Aquila, Italy.

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • American Society of Criminology, 
  • European Society of Criminology, 
  • International Society for the Study of Drug Policy

Ymrwymiadau siarad cyhoeddus

Aziani, Berlusconi and Giommoni "Comparing the determinants of heroin and cocaine flows to Europe using a latent space model" Illicit Networks Workshop, London, UK, 7-8 December 2016.

Giommoni “Crowdsourcing Intelligence Data: An Analysis of the British Cannabis Market” National Open Source Intelligence and Investigations Conference, Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire, 4 – 6 October 2016

Giommoni “Scraping the Price of Weed: An Analysis of Cannabis Price Using Open Sources”, 71st Annual conference of the American Society of Criminology, Washington, DC , 18 – 21 November 2015

Giommoni “As Above so Below: A Social Network Analysis of the Supply of Heroin to Europe” presented at 15th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Oporto, 2 - 5 September 2015

Décary-Hétu and Giommoni “Operation Onymous and tangible effects: displacement in the dark net drug markets” presented at 9th  Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, Ghent, 20 – 22 May 2015

Giommoni, Aziani and Berlusconi “Not All Roads Lead to Rome: A Social Network Analysis of the Opiate Trafficking along the Balkan Route” presented at 9th  Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, Ghent, 20 – 22 May 2015

Giommoni, Luca “Explaining the decline of heroin and cocaine price in the European countries: an empirical approach” presented at 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, 19th - 22rd November 2014, San Francisco, USA

Reuter Peter, Beau Kilmer and Luca Giommoni “What can be learned from cross-national comparisons of data on illegal drugs?” presented at 8th  Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, Rome, 21 – 23 May 2014












Undergraduate Teaching

  • Criminolgical Practice (Yr 3)
  • Foundations of Contemporary Criminology (Year 1)
  • Policing: Theory, Evidence and Policy (Yr 3)
  • Offending and Victimisation (Yr 2)
  • Responses to Crime (Yr 2)

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Responses to Crime, Safety and Justice


Past projects