Associate professor in criminology at the Department ‘Faculty of Law’ of the University of Trento, where he teaches criminology and applied criminology.
Since 2021 he is director of the Centre of Security and Crime Sciences of the Universities of Trento and Verona.
For over 20 years, he has been dealing with urban security and predictive policing, environmental criminology, links between crime and the Internet, economic crime and organized crime, migration and crime, with special regard to the smuggling of migrants and asylum seekers and the trafficking of persons. The applied research on complex crime in digital society that he conducted as scientific coordinator of eCrime led him to work on the concepts of digital crime and digital organized crime and to be among the theorists of a new digital criminology.
Since 1998, he has participated in more than 60 international and national studies of which about half as scientific coordinator or manager of national unity.
He is the author of numerous volumes, contributions and articles. With Giampaolo Musumeci, he wrote “Confessions of a people smuggler” (Chiarelettere, 2014), published in 7 countries besides Italy. For this book and for his civil commitment on legality and justice, in 2014 he received the Paolo Borsellino National Award (XXII year, 19th edition). Always together with Musumeci, he is the author of "Cosa loro, Cosa nostra" (Utet Libri, 2021). Recently he published the monograph "Crime and criminology in the digital society" (FrancoAngeli, 2021).