Assistant Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Milan Ombretta Ingrascì joined the Processing citizenship project as a Research Associate
Dr. Ombretta Ingrascì is Assistant Professor of Economic Sociology at the Department of International, Legal and Historical-Political Studies of the University of Milan, where she is fellow of CROSS-Osservatorio sulla Criminalità Organizzata (Observatory on Organized Crime), deputy director of the Summer School on Organized crime, and member of the scientific committee of the postgraduate course Scenari internazionali della criminalità organizzata (International Scenarios of Organized Crime).
Currently she teaches Policy of Security and Intelligence and Sociology of Organized Crime at the University of Milan and is member of the Board of the PhD Course on “Studies on Organized Crime”, where she teaches topics related to Sociology of Organized crime and Methodology.
She is Coordinator of the Editorial Board of the Quarterly Journal Studi e Ricerche sulla criminalità organizzata (Studies and Researches on Organized Crime).
From 2013 to 2019 she has been Member of the Anti-mafia Committee of the Municipality of Milan in charge of exploring the presence of Mafia in the city of Milan and suggesting anti-mafia policies and recommendations.
Her research interest has focused on various aspects of organized crime, in particular on:
- the gender dimension of Mafia-type organized crime;
- the process of exit from Mafia-type organized crime undertaken by Mafia members’ who turned State’s evidence;
- the emergence of Mafia-type organized crime in new areas (especially in Northern Italy);
- the organizational structures and criminal and economic activities of foreign mafias in Italy (in particular Russian organized crime and Balkan organized crime);
- illegal markets, including drugs (especially new psychoactive substances), tobacco products and human beings.
Her research activity has also addressed the organization of the border control procedures and praxes in international airports.
Recently she has further expanded her research interests to the study of jihadist terrorism focussing on digital propaganda.
The above research areas have been developed by participating to both national and European projects, promoted by universities, NGOs, governmental bodies, and by European institutions and organizations (i.e. European Commission, OSCE).