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The Study of Extra-legal Governance

Federico Varese
University of Oxford, U.K.

The Politics of Crime and Conflict

Federico Varese is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.

Varese has written on the Russian mafia, Soviet criminal history, migration of mafia groups, Somali piracy, the dynamics of altruistic behaviour, and the application of Social Network Analysis to criminology. He is the author of two monographs - The Russian Mafia (OUP, 2001) and Mafias on the Move (PUP, 2011); these two books have been translated into several languages, including Italian, Polish and Danish. Varese also edited the four-volume collection Organised Crime (Routledge, 2010). He has published papers in journals such as The British Journal of Criminology, Law and Society Review, Archives Européenes de Sociologie, Political Studies, Cahiers du Monde Russe, Rationality & Society, European Sociological Review, and Trends in Organized Crime. He contributes to The Times Literary Supplement and, in Italy, the daily La Stampa. His work has been featured in The Economist, The BBC News & World Service, ABC, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Monkeycage Blog and Freakonomics blog, among others. Mafias on the Move was the recipient of The International Association for the Study of Organized Crime 2012 Outstanding Publication Award. The Russian Mafia was the co-recipient of the Ed A. Hewett Book Prize, awarded by The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

His new book, Mafia Life (June 2017) is being translated into seven languages and has been optioned for TV.

Professor Varese holds degrees from Bologna University, Cambridge University and Oxford University. He was a Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and a visiting professor at Yale University and City University of Hong Kong. He is currently on the editorial Board of The British Journal of Criminology and has been Editor of the journal Global Crime.

John le Carré wrote: "Federico Varese is two writers rolled into one: a fearless fact-hunter who goes after his quarry with the zeal of a thoroughbred journalist, and a dedicated academic who examines and analyzes his catch with relentless detachment. Throw in a robust understanding of the impact of contemporary history on the behavior of a globalized criminal underworld, and you have both a compelling read and an impeccable work of reference."

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Date and Time
December 11, 2017
6:30pm - 8:00pm Local Time


Event Type
BC Event