Simone Santorso


Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Education and Social Sciences

01482 466331

Simone Santorso is a lecturer in criminology whose main research interests are in penology, penal policy and critical prison studies.

He came to Hull from the University of Padua (Italy) where he worked as a part-time lecturer between 2014 and 2016.

Simone studied a degree in sociology at the University of Padua where he was later awarded an MA in Criminology and Social Security.

He worked as research associate for Victim Support in London between 2009 and 2010, before completing his studies with a PhD in Sociology of the Cultural Phenomena and Normative Process at the University of Urbino (Italy).


Research Interests

  • Penal policy

  • Critical prison studies

  • Alternatives to custody/detention

  • Abolitionist theory

  • Police/CJS accountability

  • Crime, social exclusion and criminalisation

Research groups

  • British Society of Criminology

  • European Group For Study Deviance and Social Control - Working Group on Punishment, Prison and Detention

  • Carceral Geography Working Group (CGWG) of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG)

  • Global Prison Research Network

  • Observatory on Italian Prison Condition - Association Antigone (Italy)


Santorso S and Kalica E (eds), Farsi la Galera. Tempi e Culture del penitenziario, Verona: Ombrecorte (2018)

Peroni C and Santorso S (eds), Per uno stato che non tortura: diritto, violenza e resistenza (For a state without torture: law, violence and resistance), Milan: Mimesis (2015)

Santorso S, 'Researching good practices to overcome prison. Deinstitutionalisation of mental hospitals and slavery abolition: What works?', Revista Brasileira de Ciências Criminais, vol 144 (2018, forthcoming)

Santorso S, 'Migrazioni e carcere: riflessioni su pena e diritti', Antigone - Semestrale di Critica del Sistema Penale e Penitenziario, vol 1 (2018, forthcoming)

Santorso S, 'Beyond the escape: prisonisation and resilience adaptation', in Max Martin T and Chantraine G (eds), Toward a Sociology of Prison Escape, London: Pelgrave, pp 87-112 (2016)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Research PhDs

Simone is happy to hear from potential students interested in undertaking research in any of his areas of interest.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA in Social Science, University of Padua (Italy)

  • MA in Sociology, University of Padua (Italy)

  • MA in Critical Criminology and Social Security, University of Padua (Italy)

  • PhD in Sociology of Law, University of Urbino (Italy)

External roles

  • Secretary of Working Group on Punishment, Prison, Detention - European Group for Study Deviance and Social Control

  • Member of the editorial board of the journal,Studi Sulla Questione Criminale (Studies on Crime Issue) – University of Bologna (Italy)

  • Member of the Panel of Judges for the National Essay Competition on 'Mechanisms to prevent and contrast the torture' - European Students of Law Association (2016)

  • External Reviewer for European Journal of Criminology (2016-17)