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Luca Giommoni

Mr Luca Giommoni


School of Social Sciences

Available for postgraduate supervision


Currently serving as a Reader in Criminology at Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences, my expertise revolves around illicit drug markets and broader illicit marketplaces. My research delves into human trafficking and explores how digital technologies are reshaping traditional illegal markets.

My work is recognized globally and has been published in numerous esteemed international peer-reviewed journals, including the International Journal of Drug Policy, Crime and Justice, European Journal of Criminology, British Journal of Criminology, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, and Social Networks.

I have been successful in generating research income exceeding £1.5 million, with funding from both national and international sources such as the ESRC, EPSRC, The European Commission, and the Home Office. My work is also collaborative, as I frequently partner with the Social Data Science Lab and theHate Lab, using my skills to analyze online communities and apply social network analysis to social media data.

Before embracing my current position, I pursued my PhD at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan while working as a researcher at Transcrime, a journey that spanned from 2011 to 2015 I also spent time as a visiting scholar at the University of Maryland, College Park from August 2013 to February 2014, collaborating with Professor Peter Reuter.

I am always open to considering proposals from potential Ph.D. students who share an interest in my areas of expertise, including illicit markets, human trafficking, organized crime, and online illicit trafficking.














Book sections


Understanding risk in unregulated markets: the case of men who purchase sex, £9,213 (CoI)  

Social Data Science Lab, ESRC, £1.5M (CoI)

Illicit financial flows and illegal markets estimates, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, USD 5,842, (PI)

How Online Technologies are Transforming Transnational Organised Crime (Cyber-TNOC), ESRC PaCCS, £449,957 (CoI)

Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, National Cyber Security Centre, £81,965. (CoI)

HateLab (Centre for Cyberhate Research & Policy), ESRC, £1.8M (CoI)

A World of Trouble: Managing Terrorist and Major Violent Crime Using Open Source Communication Analytics and Research. ESRC GCRF, £7,000 (CoI).

Crowdsourcing crime-related data: A pilot study on the use of crowdsourcing for collecting data on illicit drug markets. Cardiff University Crime and Security Research Institute, £6,500 (PI).


Undergraduate Teaching

  • Offending and Victimisation (Yr 2)
  • Drugs, Crime and Society (Yr 3)

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Researching Crime, Safety and Justice
  • International and Trasnational Crimes



2022 - present: Reader, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

2019 - 2022: Senio Lecturer, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

2015 - 2019: Lecturer, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

2011 - 2015: Researcher at Transcrime


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.

Professional memberships

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


I welcome proposals from prospective Ph.D. students with an interest in illicit markets, human trafficking, organised crime, cybercrime and online illicit trafficking.


  • Organised crime
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Illicit markets
  • Human Trafficking