Dr Nicoletta Policek, PhD

  • Associate Professor in Policing & Criminology
  • Department of Business, Law, Policing and Social Science
  • Policing
Dr Nicoletta Policek, PhD

Biography

As a critical criminologist Nicoletta Policek has combined a career as a teacher, holding several tenure positions in Higher Education, with her passion for social justice and human rights, directing national and international NGOs.  As an expert ethnographer Nicoletta Policek has worked on several research projects ranging from oral histories of gipsy women in a prison setting, the sentencing of women offenders and the evaluation of alternatives to imprisonment, the policing of the outdoor sex industry, and more recently the criminalisation of migration with particular focus on statelessness. 

Her scholarship, supported by the core values of fairness and integrity, excellence and partnership working, is mirrored by her expertise in crafting research funding proposals and developing and implementing institutional fundraising policies and programmes, as well as her commitment to be proactively involved in participatory action research.

Nicoletta Policek strongly holds to the commitment that research has to benefit the wider community, further than the research participants and outside the confinement of the academic world. For this reason, she consistently engage in knowledge generation, knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer activities supporting hard-to-reach population groups with resources for community-led research to tackle issues such as interpersonal and state abuse and violence, stigma and discrimination and human rights violation. In this way she is working towards building the capacity of grass-route communities to be actively involved in forging more meaningful relationships with the criminal justice system. Such collaborative research has produced high quality outputs with demonstrable impact, in particular influencing leading edge practice far beyond the gendering of the criminal justice system.

Qualifications and memberships

PhD Criminology University of Edinburgh

MSc Legal and Social Studies University of Edinburgh

MA Politics and Sociology University of Padua, Italy

BSc Politics and Sociology University of Padua, Italy

Nicoletta Policek is a member of several learned societies.

British Society of Criminology (award for excellence in teaching, 2013)

European Society of Criminology

American Society of Criminology

Italian Society of Criminology

Academic and research interests

Nicoletta Policek is an enthusiastic social scientist interested in the broad field of victimology, penology, gender and sexuality studies, migration and criminal and social justice. More specifically, she is concerned with the policing of the outdoor sex industry, the policing of migration, the policing of motherhood, and the criminalisation of HIV and other blood borne viruses. Currently she is engaged on the following research endeavours: ethics in policing; enforced mobility and abortion rights; victimisation of migrant women in prison settings; criminalisation of stateless children.

Research supervision

Ruby Iqbal - The Experience of interpersonal violence amongst Pakistani women in the UK

Noorhan Abbas - Police use of technology

Alex Leek - The nexus between theory and historical context and the construction of criminological knowledge

Publications

Nicoletta Policek has published in academic journals, books, government and NGO reports, on various aspects of globalization, statelessness, prison studies, gender studies and criminology. Some recent selected highlights include:

Forthcoming

POLICEK, N., Ravagnani,L. and Romano, C.A. Victimization of Foreign young people in Italy, European Journal of Criminology, forthcoming 2020

Submitted - POLICEK, N., The pleasure politics of prison erotica in Harmes, M. et al. (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Incarceration in Popular Media, London: Palgrave, MacMillan, forthcoming

Submitted - POLICEK, N., Prison on screen in Italy: from ‘shame therapy’ propaganda to citizenship programs in Harmes, M. et al. (Eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Incarceration in Popular Media, London: Palgrave, MacMillan, forthcoming

Submitted - POLICEK, N., Identifiable challenges as global complexities: Globalisation, gender violence and statelessness., in Boskovic, M., Globalization and Its Impact on Violence Against Vulnerable Groups, IGI Global

POLICEK, N., Chapters forthcoming In The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2020

POLICEK, N., Chapter forthcoming In Cook, D. T. (ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications 2020

Chapters

Policek, N. (2019). “Asking the woman question” in case study research. In Case Study Methodology in Higher Education(pp. 298-322). IGI Global.

Ravagnani, L., & Policek, N. (2018). Framework legislation on prisoners’ resettlement in Italy. In Prisoner Resettlement in Europe (pp. 203-218). Routledge.

Ravagnani, L., & Policek, N. (2017). Prisoners' Rights. The Encyclopedia of Corrections, 1-7.

LUISA RAVAGNANI, ALESSANDRA ZANIBONIAND NICOLETTA POLICEK Breach process in the context of alternative measures in Italy in: Boone, M. M., & Maguire, N. (Eds.). (2017). The enforcement of offender supervision in Europe: understanding breach processes. Routledge.

Policek, N. (2016). Turning the invisible into the visible: stateless children in Italy. In Children and Forced Migration (pp. 79-102). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

POLICEK, N., Gender Justiciability of Human Rights Law in Italy in Diver, A. and Miller, J., Justiciability of Human Rights Law in Domestic Jurisdictions, Springer International Press 2015

POLICEK, N.  and RAVAGNANI, L., Prisoners’ Rights in Kerley, K. R., Copes, H.,  De Li, S.,  Lane, J. and  Sharp, S. F., The Encyclopedia of Corrections, Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Blackwell, 2015

POLICEK, N., Arson and Fire Starting in Atkinson, R. (ed.) Shades of Deviance. A Primer on Crime, Deviance and Social Harm, Routledge, 2014

RAVAGNANI, L. and POLICEK, N. Women in prison in Italy. In: A. Puccia, G. Puccia and M. Tosi, ed., Criminal Behaviours: Impacts, Tools and Social Networks, 1st ed. Milan: FDE Institute Press, 377-410, 2014

POLICEK, N., Community Defence/Resistance in Stange, Z. M. and Oyster, C.K. Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, London: Sage Publications, 2011

POLICEK, N., Fair Trade in Stange, Z. M. and Oyster, C.K. Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, London: Sage Publications, 2011

POLICEK, N., Women’s Co-operative in Stange, Z. M. and Oyster, C.K. Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, London: Sage Publications, 2011

POLICEK, N., Prostitution and Motherhood, in O’Reilly, A. (ed.), World Encyclopedia of Motherhood, London: Sage Publications, 2010

Conferences

POLICEK, N. Add the woman and stir: Abstract masculinity in case study research, Conference Proceedings, 2nd Inter.al Conference on Gender Research, pp. 496-502, 2019

RAVAGNANI, L. and POLICEK, N.  Beyond the Politics of Detention: Incarcerated Mothers in Italy in Damboeanu, C.  (ed.) Sociological Studies on Imprisonment. A European Perspective. Bucharest: Tritonic, 2015

Journals

Policek, N., Ravagnani, L., & Romano, C. A. (2019). Victimization of young foreigners in Italy. European Journal of Criminology, 1477370819850963.

Carthy, N. L., Bates, E. A., & Policek, N. (2019). Promoting inclusivity in intimate partner abuse research: exploring gender and age. Partner Abuse10(3), 359-372.

POLICEK, N. Artichokes and Fresh Veggies: Taking the Rural out of Prison, in Journal of Corporate Citizenship, (68): 95-108, 2017

Ravagnani, L., & Policek, N. (2017). Supporting Italian prisoners abroad. EuroPris: Promoting Professional Prison Practice, 1-8.

ROMANO C.A., RAVAGNANI, L. and  POLICEK, N., Percorsi di vittimizzazione e detenzione femminile [Victimization and female detention],  Rassegna Italiana di Criminologia, , (2):115-122, 2017

Romano, C. A., Ravagnani, L., & Policek, N. (2016). La privatizzazione degli Istituti di Pena: il caso Italia. ITALIAN JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY10(1), 59-69.

RAVAGNANI, L. and POLICEK, N.  Beyond the Politics of Detention: Incarcerated Mothers in Italy in Damboeanu, C.  (ed.) Sociological Studies on Imprisonment. A European Perspective. Bucharest: Tritonic, 2015

POLICEK, N. and TURNO, M., Prostitution in four Italian cities, in  Chaumont, J. M., Servais, P., and Rodriguez Garcia, M., The League of Nations on Prostitution,  Library and Archives Unit of the United Nations, Geneva and  United Nations Publications Office, New York, 2015  

POLICEK, N., Le Vittime di Genocidio e I Dilemmi delle Promesse di Giustizia, (Genocide’s Victims and the Promises of Justice), Rivista di Criminologia, Vittimologia e Sicurezza, Vol. VI, N.3:14-29, 2012

POLICEK, N., “The space which is not mine”: Sex workers living with HIV, in Research for Sex Work, Dec. 2012