Giulia Zampini

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

Associate Professor of Criminology and Social Policy; Lead - Centre for Communities and Social Justice

Key details

Dr Giulia F. Zampini

Associate Professor of Criminology and Social Policy; Lead - Centre for Communities and Social Justice

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

  • Associate Professor in Criminology and Social Policy
  • Co-lead of the Gender, Deviance and Society research group
  • 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


  • Nominated for Mentor of the Year Award in the Staff Awards, University of Greenwich, 2022
  • Nominated for Inspirational Teaching in the Student Lead Teaching Awards, University of Greenwich, 2021


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:

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.
  • Rachele Girardi is researching the trans wing in a female prison through a queer carceral geographies lens
  • Franca Roeschert is researching the role of City of Sanctuary in supporting participation of refugees and migrants in urban governance

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

Key funded projects

DateDetails of fundingTotal amount Award
2021Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, Urban Governance in the City of Sanctuary£15,609
2021FLAS ECR Network Funding, People and Dancefloors Malta£2000
2019GRE Early Career Research Excellence Award£5000
2019FLAS ECR Network Funding, People and Dancefloors UK£900
2019Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, Spice in Women’s Prisons£14,777
2018REF Development Grant, People and Dancefloors: Narratives of Drug-taking£4000
2018Peter Harris Trust Grant – Evaluation of student experiences of the Inside Out Prison Exchange Programme, with University of Kent, HMP Downview and HMP Swaleside£4,234.80
2017PROSPOL conference bursary£500
2011PhD full Scholarship£13,549

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.

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

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

Selected online publications

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

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

Volteface podcast, 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.