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Dr Anita Lavorgna 

Associate Professor in Criminology

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Anita is an Associate Professor within the Department of Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology at the University of Southampton.



She joined Southampton in 2015, after one year lecturing at the University of Wolverhampton.

Anita is currently leading funded research projects on medical mis/disinformation, tech resistance, and risky sharenting practices.

She welcome enquiries about potential PhD supervision in the following areas:
• Cybercrimes and cyber harms
• Health-related information pollution and health frauds

Research interests

  • Cyber harms and cybercrimes,
  • information pollution and its propagation online,
  • ethics in online research,
  • sociotechnical approaches in online research.

Research projects:

  • FloraGuard - Tackling the illegal trade in endangered plants
  • ProTechThem - Building Awareness for Safer and Technology-Savvy Sharenting

Research project(s)

Internet-facilitated wildlife trafficking

Understanding public resistance in using COVID-19 digital contact tracing app: an interdisciplinary analysis

Anita is member of the ERGO Review Panel for the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Faculty Concordat Champion.

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Book Chapters



  • Allum, F., Lavorgna, A., & Zabyelina, Y. (2016). Editorial. The European Review of Organised Crime, 3(1). Editorial_13.pdf" class="link">
  • Carrapico, H., & Lavorgna, A. (2015). Editorial. The European Review of Organised Crime, 2(2), 1-5.
  • Allum, F., Lavorgna, A., & Zabyelina, Y. (2014). Editorial. The European Review of Organised Crime, 1(2), 1-4.


Anita teaches criminological theories and global criminology to undergraduate students, and cybercrimes to postgraduate students. She is a recurrent guest lecturer on cybercrimes and serious and organised crime.

In 2016, Anita won a SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award.

Dr Anita Lavorgna
58/4025 Sociology, Social Policy & Applied Social Sciences Social Sciences University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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