Giulia Zampini

Dr Giulia Zampini BA(Hons), MSc, PhD, PG Cert, FHEA

Associate Professor of Criminology

Giulia joined the University of Greenwich in July 2016. She received her PhD in Social Policy from the University of Kent, having previously studied history, politics and socio-legal studies at UWE and Bristol University.

While at Greenwich, Giulia developed a passion for delivering higher education in prison. She is a trained facilitator of the Inside Out prison exchange programme, and built an education partnership with HMP Downview.

Before coming to academia, she worked in harm reduction services and drug policy advocacy.


Responsibilities within the university

  • Senior Lecturer in Criminology
  • Programme Leader for the BSc in Criminology and Criminal Psychology
  • Co-facilitator of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Programme
  • Teaching on the BSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology, BA Criminology and Criminal Justice, MA International Criminology and MSc Criminology, Gender and Sexualities
  • Module leader: SOCI1084 Forensic Criminology, SOPA1038 Crime and Criminal Justice in a Globalised and Gendered World, SOCI1122 Inside and Outside Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice, SOCI1141 Drugs and Us.
  • Supervisor for Post Graduate Research students, undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations
  • Personal Tutor for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students
  • Criminology Society liaison


Selected awards:

  • GRE Early Career Researcher Award, November 2019
  • Early Career Researcher Network Funding, November 2019
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship (Co-Supervisor, 2019)
  • REF Development Grant – People and Dancefloors: Narratives of Drug-taking, 2018
  • Peter Harris Trust Grant – Evaluation of student experiences of the Inside Out Prison Exchange Programme, in partnership with University of Kent, HMP Downview and HMP Swaleside, 2018


Impact of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Programme:

Academic appointments:

  • External Examiner at the University of Gloucestershire, 2018-2021

Previous academic appointments:

  • Assistant Lecturer, University of Kent, UK.
  • Hourly Paid Lecturer, University of Brighton, UK.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Kent, UK.
  • Visiting Researcher, Drug Policy Modelling Programme, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Research / Scholarly interests

Giulia’s research interests centre around the relationship between evidence and policy, particularly in the context of drug policy, and the role of morality and hierarchies of knowledge in policymaking. She is also interested in feminist debates within sex work/prostitution policy, debates on decriminalisation, and prison education.

Current Project and Impact:

Giulia’s current ongoing project, ‘People and Dancefloors: narratives of drug-taking’, involves team-based participatory action research through film. The project explores the boundaries between research and activism. More information about the project is available here:

Twitter: @PDancefloors

Research Groups:

  • Gender, Deviance and Society (GDS) Research Group (co-founder and co-leader)
  • Member of the British Society of Criminology Women, Crime and Criminal Justice Network

Research students:

  • Niki White is researching the drug ‘spice’ in women’s prisons, focusing on the gendered nature of harm in relation to use of synthetic cannabinoids by women.

I am particularly keen to supervise postgraduate research students in the following areas:

  • Drug policy
  • Harm reduction
  • Sex work/prostitution policy and feminism
  • Advocacy and activism in research
  • Morality and the use of evidence in policy
  • Prison research and prison education
  • Comparative research, qualitative and cross-disciplinary approaches.

Recent publications



Fanghanel, A., Milne, E., Zampini, G. F., Banwell, S., & Fiddler, M. (2021). Sex and Crime. SAGE Publications Limited.

Journal articles

Zampini, G. F., Buck-Matthews, E., Killick, A., & Salter, L. (2021). We, ourselves and us: Tensions of identity, intersubjectivity and positionality stemming from the people and dancefloors project. International Journal of Drug Policy, 103096 (online)

Zampini, G.F., Österman, L., Stengel, C., & Bennallick, M. (2019). Turning Gender Inside-Out: Delivering higher education in women’s carceral spaces. Journal of Prison Education and Reentry, 6(1), 62-77.

Zampini, G. F. (2018). Evidence and morality in harm-reduction debates: can we use value-neutral arguments to achieve value-driven goals?. Palgrave Communications, 4(1), 1-10.

Stevens, A., & Zampini, G. F. (2018). Drug policy constellations: A Habermasian approach for understanding English drug policy. International Journal of Drug Policy, 57, 61-71.

Zampini, G. F. (2016). Morality Play: A Comparative Study of the Use of Evidence in Drug and Prostitution Policy in Australia and the UK (Doctoral dissertation, University of Kent).

Zampini, G. F. (2014). Governance versus government: Drug consumption rooms in Australia and the UK. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25(5), 978-984.

Selected online publications

Zampini G.F. (2021), We Need to Talk About People, Dancefloors and Drugs, Volteface

Stengel C., Duggan M., Chatwin C., Zampini G.F., (21 August 2020), Higher education beyond the lecture: Learning through the Inside-Out prison exchange programme, British Educational Research Association

Zampini, G. F., & Buck-Matthews, E. (01 April 2020), ‘When you cross over that invisible boundary’: exploring drug taking in the caring dancefloor. Discover Society, 79,

Osterman L. and Zampini G.F. (2017), “Going Inside Out and Back Again: reflections on the inside out training”, available at

Zampini G.F. (2016), “Of Dangerous Nexuses and How to Survive in a Post-truth World”, available at


Selected conference presentations

Zampini, G.F., (2019) People and Dancefloors: reflections on a participatory action research project, paper presented at the European Society for the Study of Drugs conference in Riga, 26 September.

Graham, K., Stengel, C., Zampini, G. and Chatwin, C. (2019) Teaching in prison settings roundtable. Multisensory and affective dimensions of researching and teaching in prison settings. University of Kent, UK, 17 May.

Zampini, G.F., (2018) The Political Project of Impact, keynote presentation delivered at the Interdisciplinary and Intergenerational Symposium on Deconstructing and Reclaiming Impact, University of Greenwich, 3 May.

Chatwin, C., Stengel, C., Zampini, G. Smith, E., Whitehall, M., and Ward, J. (2018) Panel on prison and university educational partnerships. Common Session of the Common Study Programme in Critical Criminology. University of Kent, UK. 24 April.

Österman, L., Zampini, G., Stengel, C., Copland, P. (2018) Breaking down the walls that divide us: Learning Inside Out. SHIFT Conference: Learning, Teaching and Assessment. University of Greenwich, London, UK. 5 January.

Zampini G.F. (2017) Morality and beliefs in Prostitution advocacy coalitions: lessons from stakeholders in England and New South Wales, paper presented at the PROSPOL network conference in Copenhagen, March.

Zampini G.F. (2015) Comparing prostitution regimes: morality policy regulation in New South Wales, AUS and England, UK. Paper presented at the International Conference on Public Policy in Milan, July.

Zampini G.F. (2015) Does decentralisation matter in contributing to evidence-informed controversial policy change? A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of drug consumption rooms and experimental prostitution regimes in OECD countries. Paper presented at the International conference of the society for the study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) in Ghent, May.

Selected Invited Talks

People and Dancefloors, Webinar, University of Malta, January 2021.

Whose knowledge is good knowledge? TEDx Greenwich University, December 2019.

Decriminalisation - some thoughts on Drugs and Prostitution. Roundtable discussions on Decriminalisation, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, April 2019.

Drug Policy in 50 Years. Release Drugs, Drug Policy Museum, London, November 2017.