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Salvatore Coluccello


  • Ph.D., Modern Languages, University of Strathclyde
  • Pg.Cert., Teaching and Learning, Coventry University
  • B.A (Hons), Polish/Italian

Research Interests:

  • Human trafficking and smuggling
  • Italian Organised Crime
  • Transnational organised crime
  • National identity and separatism in Modern Italy
  • Cinema and society in Italy since 1945
  • Italian Business and Tourism
  • Football, politics, media and society in contemporary Italy

Selected Outputs:

  • Coluccello, S., and Massey, S. (2010) 'Unlocking the trafficking networks'. Police Professional
  • Coluccello, S. (2008) 'Out of Africa: the human trade between Libya and Lampedusa'. Trends in Organized Crime 10 (4)
  • Coluccello, S. (2007) 'The Murder of Emanuele Notarbartolo and the Origins of the Mystique of the Mafia'. In Transformations in Society and Culture. Ed. by Gundle, S., and Rinaldi, L. London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Italian Elections (2006) Athens International Radio
  • Coluccello, S. (2006) 'The Berlusconi Years'. Anti
  • Coluccello, S. (2006) 'Italy after the election'. Anti
  • Italian Elections (2006) Athens International Radio
  • Coluccello, S. (2004) 'All the President's Men: The dirty hands of Forza Italia'. Anti
  • Coluccello, S. (2002) 'The Mafia'. In Censorship: A World Encyclopedia. London: Fitzroy Dearborn
  • The death of John Gotti (2002) BBC Radio 5
  • Coluccello, S., Diaz-Varela, C., and Murphy, B. (2002) 'Transformation of the state in Western Europe: Regionalism in Catalonia and Northern Italy'. In Beyond Boundaries: Language and Identity in Contemporary Europe. Ed. by Gubbins, P., and Holt, M. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 73-90
  • The language of the mafia (2001) BBC Radio 4: Word of Mouth
  • Coluccello, S. (1997) 'La Lega Nord: Questione settentrionale, questione meridionale'. Tuttitalia
  • Coluccello, S. (1995) 'Understanding the Mafia'. Tuttitalia

Selected Funding:

  • 2009-2011, Human Trafficking in Nigeria, EU-UNDP, £175,000
  • 2008-2009, Research project on illegal smuggling and trafficking in the Mediterranean, British Academy small grant
  • 2007-2008, The role of criminality in the human trade between Northern Africa and Italy, Applied Research Fellow Scheme, Coventry University
  • 2004, Mafia and politics in contemporary Italy: corruption or real partnership?, Small Research Grant, Coventry University

Research Students:

 PhD:         1 current student


  • Italian History
  • Organised Crime

Other Responsibilities:

  • Programme Manager for the MA in International Terrorism, Organised Crime and Global Security
  • Programme Manager for MA courses in ISSS (with Simon Massey)
  • Responsible for the Internationalisation of the Department of International Studies and Social Science (with Sonja Astley)

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Building: George Eliot

Room: GE333


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