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


Coventry University No.1 Modern University No.1 Modern University in the Midlands
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021