About

I am a Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. I have written on the Russian mafia, Soviet criminal history, migration of mafia groups, Somali piracy, the dynamics of altruistic behaviour, and the application of Social Network Analysis to criminology.

I am the author of two monographs - The Russian Mafia (OUP, 2001) and Mafias on the Move (PUP, 2011); these two books have been translated into Italian, Polish and Danish. My new book, Mafia Life (June 2017), is being translated into seven languages and has been optioned for TV.

Mafias on the Move was the Recipient of The International Association for the Study of Organized Crime 2012 Outstanding Publication Award. The Russian Mafia was The Co-Recipient, ED A. HEWETT BOOK PRIZE awarded by The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

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I also edited the four-volume collection Organised Crime (Routledge, 2010). I have published papers in journals such as The British Journal of Criminology, Law and Society Review, Archives Européenes de Sociologie, Political Studies, Cahiers du Monde Russe, Rationality & Society, European Sociological Review, and Trends in Organized Crime, among others.

I contribute to The Times Literary Supplement and, in Italy, the daily La Stampa. My work has been featured in The Economist, The BBC News & World Service, ABC, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Monkeycage Blog and Freakonomics blog, among others.

"Varese is one of the most acute students of global organised crime and a gripping storyteller."

Misha Glenny, London Review of Books

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