I am a professor of criminology at the University of Oxford and Director of Exlegi. My main research interests are the study of organised crime, corruption, Soviet criminal history, and the dynamics of altruistic behaviour. My first book, The Russian Mafia (Oxford University Press 2001), won the Ed Hewitt Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in 2002 and has appeared in Dutch and Polish. My new book, Mafias on the Move, has appeared in 2011 in English and Italian (Princeton UP and Einaudi). I am also the deputy editor of the journal Global Crime and write (occasionally) for The Times Literary Supplement, The London review of Books, La Stampa, Lo Straniero. This blog will update you on my publications and public activties. I will also post links to interesting events and material. Although I will mainly write about organized crime, I have a keen interest in cinema and literature ...
L’Europa spalanchi le sue porte, Repubblica, 11.05.2023
Encrochat e Eurojust, quegli strumenti nascosti (ed efficaci) per sconfiggere la ‘Ndragheta, Repubblica, 03.05.2023
“Not the end of the story”: Professor Federico Varese speaks on capture of mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro
Capire la Russia attraverso i suoi criminali. L’Espresso, 24.10.2022
Il fascismo eterno di Putin in un saggio di Umberto Eco. Repubblica, 25.08.2022
‘A compassionate spy’, a Venezia le spie gentili che cambiarono la Storia. Repubblica, 06.09.2022
La guerra in Ucraina fa la gioia degli hacker e della mafia russa (che Putin si vantava di aver estirpato), l’Espresso, 09.05.2022
Cannabis, una scelta giusta, Repubblica, 07 Luglio, 2022
Federico Varese, ‘Rigorous ethnography’, Handbook of Sociological Science, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 215-231, 2022.
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