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Economic, Social and Political SciencesPostgraduate study

Mr Emanuele Sclafani LL.M., M.Sc

Postgraduate research student

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I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Law at the University of Naples “Federico II” and a Masters in Criminological Forensic Sciences at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. During the Master program, I did an internship in Criminology at “Federico II” where I became interested in Russian organized crime.

In 2014 I became a collaborator of Criminology and Criminal Law at “Federico II” and had an opportunity to pursue the degree projects, to be on the criminology board of examiners, and to improve my knowledge in many areas of criminology.

In the same year, as a member of a research group of Sociology of Crime at the University “Suor Orsola Benincasa”, I did a research project “Periferia, marginalità, devianza. I ragazzi del quartiere raccontano Scampia”(“Suburb, marginality, deviance”) where we interviewed and collected data through questionnaires from high school students in the Scampia district of Naples. This was done with the support of the city of Naples.

In 2015 I presented my research on the relationship between Italian and Russian organised crime into the legal and illegal economy at the University John Jay College of Criminal Justice of New York (CUNY).

In 2017, as a practising lawyer, I researched case law, wrote legal acts and took part in court hearings at the “Tribunale di Napoli”.

In the same year I attended and completed NVivo software training course at the QSR International (London).

Additionally, I received a certificate of “Advanced Qualitative and Legal Methods in Criminology” at the University of Utrecht, which allowed me to enhance my qualitative and legal research methods.

Research interests

I am interested in exploring how current crime affects both our society and the development of illegal economic activities of criminal organisations into the legitimate economy. My research interests are: (a) transnational organised crime focusing on Italian and Russian organised crime and their illegal investments in the real estate sector, (b) economic and financial crimes, (c) real estate investments and (d) real estate legislation. I want to explore the degree of vulnerability of the UK real estate sector to Italian and Russian organised crime in post-Brexit Britain. These criminal organisations pose a serious threat to the economic and financial system across Europe, particularly the UK as it leaves the EU, as they find a way to turn their investments from illegal to legal. Specifically, I am studying new financial instruments used by these criminal organisations for money laundering in the UK real estate market, so as to find a way to mitigate this process and propose a counter strategy.

PhD Supervision

Dr Anita LavorgnaProfessor Jenny Fleming

Title: Investment of Criminal Proceeds into the Legitimate Economy: A Comparative Analysis of Russian and Italian Organised Crime in the UK real estate market.

Partly funded by “Fondazione Pol.i.s.- Politiche Integrate di Sicurezza” (Italy)

Mr Emanuele Sclafani
Building 58, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom

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