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Francesca joined Edinburgh Napier University as lecturer in criminology in 2021, shortly after submitting her PhD thesis at the University of Edinburgh. Francesca’s research examines social harms linked to processes of borderization, with a particular focus on the impact of border performance on remote island communities at the external margins of the European Union. Francesca’s work seeks to further develop the emerging discipline of zemiology as a tool to analyse the wider impact of border policies, but also to advance critical approaches towards states’ roles in constructing and addressing social problems more in general.

Francesca holds an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA(Hons) in Criminal Justice (Probation Studies) from the University of Essex.



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Globalisation, Harm and Social Justice

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Book Launch: Social Harm at the Border: The Case of Lampedusa

29th November 2023


Hybrid: Edinburgh Napier & Microsoft Teams

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Teaching Criminology: The Human Element

29th June 2023

13:00 BST