Transcrime – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy) Project Coordinator

Transcrime is the Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, the Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna and the Università degli Studi di Perugia. The Centre employs an integrated approach (criminology, law, economics, statistics, sociology, forensic accounting) and performs applied research to:

  • Analysis of criminal phenomena (organised crime, economic crime, illegal markets, urban crime);
  • Evaluation of crime prevention policies;
  • Analysis and identification of criminogenic opportunities in legislation (crime proofing analysis);
  • Development of risk assessment models and crime prevention strategies for public and private actors.

Since its foundation in 1994, it has carried out more than 100 research projects funded at national, EU and international level, cooperating with leading institutions in this field (e.g. EU Commission, EU Parliament, Europol, UNODC, UNICRI, Italian Min. Interior, Min. Justice, Min. Economy and Finance, Bank of Italy).

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Ernesto Ugo Savona – Project Coordinator

380A9816Director of Transcrime and Professor of Criminology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. He is member of the EU Commission Expert Group on Policy Needs for Data on Crime and Criminal Justice and of the Firearms Expert Group. He has been consultant to the United Nations, Council of Europe, the European Union and various national governments. He coordinated many projects on analysis of crime statistics, law and social change, effectiveness of legislation, organised/economic crime and criminal justice systems, crime and economics and corruption.

Marina Mancuso – Project Manager

380A0025Assistant Professor in Criminology at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, and researcher at Transcrime since 2010. She collaborated and coordinated different research projects in the area of serious and organised crime and illicit markets (mainly smuggling of migrants, trafficking in human beings, sexual exploitation, illicit trade in tobacco products, illicit trafficking in firearms).

SELEC – Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (Romania)


SELEC is a law enforcement treaty based international organization which provides operational support in countering all forms of transborder crime, including serious and organized crime to Police and Customs authorities from eleven Member States. In more than 20 years of successful law enforcement cooperation, SELEC has constantly supported its Member States through facilitation of information exchange, coordination of joint investigation and regional operations, analytical products and trainings.


Manuela Nitu – Main researcher/expert

She holds close to 10 years of experience in working in the law enforcement crime analysis field. She started her career as an intelligence analyst within the Romanian Police in 2010 and further joined SELEC analytical unit in 2015 where she is drafting operational and strategic analytical reports focused on various types of transborder serious and organized crime. She is a graduate of the Police Academy in Bucharest and she holds a bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s degree in human rights.

Tilburg University (The Netherlands)

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Tilburg University is a public research university specializing in the social and behavioral sciences, economics, law, business sciences, theology and humanities with a student population of 17.000, 15 percent of whom are international students. The institution has gained a sound reputation in both research and education. In the field of law, Tilburg University was ranked #1 in the Netherlands for the last three years.

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Toine Spapens – Researcher

Tonie SpapensToine Spapens is Full Professor of Criminology and head of the Department of Criminal Law at Tilburg University. Since the early 1990s, he has done extensive empirical research on (organized) crime and its containment, and on international law enforcement cooperation. Topics include inter alia trafficking in illicit firearms, ecstasy production, large-scale cannabis cultivation, illegal gambling, criminal families and criminals involved in philanthropic activities. He also focuses on environmental crimes, specifically waste-related offenses.

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