Giulia Zampini

Dr Giulia Zampini BA, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Key details

Dr Giulia Zampini
BA, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

With eight years experience as a teacher and researcher in the social sciences, I have always had a keen interest in studying how policy is made and in whose interests. My PhD thesis was a comparative discussion of understandings and uses of evidence in drug and prostitution policy.

While at Greenwich, I developed a passion for delivering higher education in prison, and I am a trained facilitator of the Inside Out Prison Exchange Programme.

I am currently running a multi-media, participatory research project looking at the relationship between people, dancefloors and drugs. Before coming to academia, I worked in harm reduction services and drug policy advocacy.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Senior Lecturer in Criminology
  • Programme Leader for the BSc Criminology & Criminal Psychology degree

Research / Scholarly interests

Giulia's research interests centre around evidence and policy, drugs, prostitution, morality, harm reduction, decriminalisation, and prison education.

Her current ongoing project, 'People and Dancefloors: narratives of drug-taking', involves team-based participatory action research through film. For more information about the project, visit


  • Fanghanel A., Milne E., Zampini G.F., Banwell S., Fiddler M. (forthcoming), Sex and Crime, SAGE,
  • Zampini G.F. and Buck-Matthews E. (2020), 'When you cross over that invisible boundary: exploring drug taking in the caring dancefloor', Discover Society, 79,
  • Zampini, G.F., Osterman, L., Stengel, C. and Bennallick, M. (2019) Turning Gender Inside-Out: Delivering higher education in women's carceral spaces. The Journal of Prison Education and Reentry, 6(1), ISSN: 2387-2306 (DOI: 10.25771/patp-a616)
  • Zampini, G. F. (2018). Evidence and morality in harm-reduction debates: can we use value-neutral arguments to achieve value-driven goals?. Palgrave Communications4(1), 62.ISSN 2055-1045.  (DOI: 10.1057/s41599-018-0119-3)
  • Stevens, A., & Zampini, G.F. (2018). Drug policy constellations: a Habermasian approach for understanding English drug policy. International Journal of Drug Policy57, 61-71.ISSN 0955-3959 (print) 1873-4758 (web) (DOI:10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.03.030)
  • Zampini, G. F. (2014) Governance versus government: Drug consumption rooms in Australia and the UK. International Journal of Drug Policy25(5), 978-984. ISSN 0955-3959 (print) 1873-4758 (web) (DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.03.006)