Francesca Menichelli is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Criminology. She obtained a PhD in urban studies from the University of Milano-Bicocca in May 2012 after carrying out research on police-run open-street CCTV systems in Italy.

Her current project understands security as a governmental strategy and adopts a comparative perspective in order to analyse how its deployment has opened up new spaces for governing in Italy and England and Wales. The research focuses on the networks established in each country for the production and governance of security, and on the role they have played in the reconfiguration of relationships between different levels of government and the transformation of how power and authority are distributed between them.

Before moving to Oxford, she was a Research Associate on the Technology and Democracy project, part of the Cambridge Centre for Digital Knowledge at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge.

Previously, Francesca was also a postdoctoral researcher in the faculty of law and criminology at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where she worked on the EU-funded FP7 project PRISMS. She is interested in mechanisms of social control, urban regulatory regimes and models of governance, policing and comparative research and she draws her theoretical references from political sociology and political geography, surveillance studies and criminology.


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