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Research fellow, Edith Cowan University

I am an Italian-qualified lawyer (Avvocato) with expertise in serious crimes commercial and cyber aspects. I use theory and methods from network science and law & economics in my research.

I hold a PhD in Economics from Università degli Studi di Messina 2017 and a Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza (LLB+LLM) from Università degli Studi di Palermo 2007-2012.

Some areas of law & economics I investigate include:

- Contractual mechanisms and corporate structures exploited by criminal organisations in legal and illegal markets
- Transnational forms of organised crime and terrorist networks in a changing socio-legal context
- Social and spatial network analysis techniques applied on criminal groups
- Linking organised crime to cybercrime, specifically on Booter Services (Stressers), Ransomwares and Crypto-currencies

Until August 2019, I conducted my research under the 3.5 million Euro Horizon 2020 TAKEDOWN project at the University of Leeds, UK. More information about the project itself and results are on the website:

I published my works in acclaimed peer-reviewed academic journals, details of which can be found on my Google Scholar page:


  • 2019–present
    Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre Postdoctoral Fellow, Edith Cowan University
  • 2017–2019
    Research Fellow, University of Leeds


  • 2017 
    Universita' degli Studi di Messina, PhD in Economics
  • 2012 
    Universita' degli Studi di Palermo, LLB+LLM

Professional Memberships

  • Avvocato