Who we are

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, directed by Professor Ernesto Ugo Savona, is based in Milan and has a staff of about 30 people.

Transcrime is entirely funded by contracts and funding from private corporations and local, national and international public institutions.

Transcrime is also a key supporting body of the education activities provided by the Università Cattolica of Milan. In particular, the centre supports the coordination of the Master’s degree in Public Policies – curriculum Security Policies (PoliSi) and the International Ph.D. in Criminology.

Facilitating effective crime prevention and control through innovative ideas, advanced analyses, cutting-edge techniques and international cooperation.

What we do

Transcrime employs an integrated approach (criminology, law, economics, statistics, sociology, forensic accounting, IT) to:

  • Analyse crimes (organised crime, economic crime, money laundering, illegal markets, urban crime)
  • Evaluate crime prevention policies
  • Analyse and identify criminogenic opportunities in legislation (crime proofing analysis)
  • Develop risk assessment and crime prevention strategies for public (e.g. law enforcement, public entities) and private actors (e.g. banks, professionals, companies)

Research areas

Organised crime
Corruption
Money laundering
Crime against businesses
Cybercrime
Terrorism
Urban crime
Environmental crime
Human trafficking/smuggling
Drug trafficking
Firearms trafficking
Trafficking in tobacco products

Our history

  • 1994

    Transcrime started its activity on November 1st, 1994, as a Research Group on Transnational Crime within the Department of Law at the University of Trento.

  • 2000

    Transcrime grew rapidly thanks to several important projects on transnational crime it carried out for the European Union and becomes an interdepartmental centre of the University of Trento

  • 2004

    Transcrime became the Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime of the University of Trento and the Università Cattolica of Milan. The headquarters is located in Trento.

  • 2010

    The two associated Universities agreed to move Transcrime’s administrative headquarters from the University of Trento to the Università Cattolica of Milan.

  • 2015

    Foundation of Crime&tech (www.crimetech.it), the spin-off company of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Transcrime.

  • 2016

    Transcrime is a Joint research center of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, the Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna and the Università degli Studi di Perugia.

  • TODAY

    Transcrime is a national and international point of reference in the field of criminology.