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Professor Alberto Testa

Professor Alberto Testa

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Dr Alberto Testa is an Applied Criminologist, Security Researcher & Professor of Applied Criminology (Research) at the University of West London, UK. Dr Testa is specialised in Applied Behaviour Analysis aiming to detect Deception.As a Behavioural Scientist, He is interested in the role that unconscious processes play in individuals' decisions and (deviant) behaviours. Alberto is a Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI-CISA, USA) and a Registered Security Consultant (ASC-RISC)

Dr Testa is internationally recognised as Expert on Far-Right Radicalisation and Terrorism, and in sport on the link Far-Right - Hooliganism.  In all his studies, Dr Testa uses empirical evidence ; so evidence validated by direct experience from the "field".  The aim is to understand the way each groups studied, and individuals belonging to it, see the world. So speaking and interacting with participants is crucial. Albeit this approach is very challenging; it is crucial as it provided in depth and current analyses. 

Far-Right: Radicalisation & De-Radicalisation
White Jihad, Terrorism & Policing
Far-Right, Ultras Violence and Hooliganism
Sport Criminology : Mafia- Football, Islamophobia, Antisemitism and Racism in Football

Current Research Projects

2. "White Jihad , Terrorism and the Far Right in Europe": My research network is composed by several European research institutions; all researchers have direct experience in terms of Observation and direct access to the groups studied.This project will also focus on processes of radicalisation within the major European football terraces and issues of prevention, and policing.

2. "Through the Magnifying Glass: Mapping Extremism in the Bosnian Football Terraces".
Extremists use the European Football stadia to recruit members, showcase their propaganda and coordinate (international) actions.The purpose of this research is to explore the relationship between football hooliganism and violent extremism in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). This research will contribute to the Bosnia & Herzegovina Resilience Initiative (BHRI) Programme (implemented by the International Organization for Migration -United Nations, funded and closely coordinated with the U.S. Agency for International Development -USAID) aiming to reduce the threat of violent extremism in BiH and to counter extremist efforts to deepen or exploit communal tensions.
Research Team Leader: Alberto Testa

3. "Countering the Far-right Extremism: Exploring the perspective of religious communities and community organisations in the UK".
The rising far-right threats require the re-conceptualisation of extremism and the review of the existing countering extremism policies.This study investigates how the UK faith communities perceive the rise of Far-Right extremism and what should be the UK government strategic/policy response. Project led by Mr. Jaffer A.Mirza; Senior Researcher and consultant: Prof. Alberto Testa. The study is funded by the Centre for Academic Shia Studies- Al Khoei Foundation.


Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI); UK independent think tank engaged in cutting edge defence and security research;

Expert participant at the Radicalisation Awareness Network; Organisation set up by the European Commission as an EU-wide umbrella network of practitioners engaged to prevent and counter radicalisation to violent extremism;
Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the SportComLab- Centre for Research on Sports Communication , Department Of Education Science, at the  “Alma Mater Studiorum”-Bologna University (Italy)

Associate Editor of the Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology

I am available for MEDIA consultancy on my research areas

SELECTED MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS (For all my publications and list of media contributions please go to )

Alberto Testa; LBC show with Tom Swarbrick; Topic :Comments on Sadiq Khan's article "Britain should be leading the fight against extremism" (September 2019)

Alberto Testa; BBC investigation on Antisemitism in the UK Universities: " The students fighting back against anti-Semitism" (July 2019)

Alberto Testa; LBC show with Andrew Castle; Topic :Comments on "Cancel Brexit' petition woman receives death threats" (March 2019)

Alberto Testa; LBC show with Nick Ferrari; Topic :Comments on “Systemic Islamophobia’ fuels terror attacks, say Muslim leaders” (March 2019)

Alberto Testa; SKY NEWS; Understanding the Far-Right Terrorist “Mind”. Topic: Christchurch shootings: 49 dead in New Zealand mosque attacks (March 2019)

Alberto Testa; BBC SCOTLAND- The Nine; "Far-Right Terrorism". Topic: New Zealand Terrorist attack (March 2019)

Alberto Testa; LBC show with Nick Ferrari; Topic :Comments on “Systemic Islamophobia’ fuels terror attacks, say Muslim leaders” (March 2019)

Alberto Testa; Il Fatto Quotidiano; Interview in Italian about the psychological profile of Brenton Tarrant and militants of "Siege/Resistance" mentality groups. (March 2019)

Alberto Testa; TalkRadio show with George Galloway ; Topic: Far-Right radicalisation and risk of Lone Wolf terrorism in U.K. (January 2019)

Alberto Testa; BBC Radio 5 live  show with Nihal Arthanayake; Topic: FA open investigation into alleged racist chants during Millwall win over Everton (January 2019)

Alberto Testa; Safety & Security International: "Battling the Boneheads". S&SI is the leading publication for the Counter-Terror and public safety communities; its audience comprises Security practitioners, policy-makers and professionals worldwide (December 2018)

Alberto Testa; LBC show with Tom Swarbrick ; Topic : Comments on the latest UK prosecution and conviction of members of the Far-Right National Action group (November 2018)

Alberto Testa; DAILY EXPRESS;Topic : " Killing Eve (BBC Drama series): Do female assassins like Villanelle really exist? A Criminologist point of view "(October 2018). Interview PART 1: ; PART 2 :

Alberto Testa; LBC show with Nick Ferrari; Topic :Comments on "The increase number of white people arrested for (Far Right) Terrorism" (September 2018)

Alberto Testa; SPORT LOVE RADIO show with Kelvin MacKenzie; Topic : Far Right Rise and Terrorism danger in UK (September 2018)

For Media contributions
Mobile n: +44(0)7585448201

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Political Psychology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity
  • Sociology, Social Networks


Journal Articles:

  • Testa, A. (2012). Bosman ruling. In J. Nauright (Ed.), Sports around the world: History, culture and practice. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
  • Testa, A. (2011). Experiences of online learning: An evaluation of first-year sport sciences university students’ attitudes towards the use of U-Link. International Education Studies, 4(4), 13-21.
  • Testa, A. (2010). Contested meanings. The Italian media and the UltraS. Review of European Studies, 1(2), 54-63.
  • Testa, A. (2009). UltraS: An emerging social movement. Review of European Studies, 1(2), 54-63.
  • Testa, A., & Armstrong, G. (2010). Purity and danger: Policing the Italian Neo-Fascist football UltraS. Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society, 23(3), 219-237.
  • Testa, A., & Armstrong, G. (2008). Words and actions: Italian UltraS and Neo-Fascism. Social Identities, 14(4), 473-490.

Other Publications:

  • Testa, A. (2011). The normalization of the exception: Issues and controversies of the Italian Counter Hooliganism model, 13th Annual Conference on Global Sociology for a Global World. The Hong Kong Sociological Association. The Chinese Hong Kong University. Hong Kong.
  • Testa, A. (2010). Getting off on the wrong foot can doom a relationship before it begins: An evaluation of first year sport sciences university students’ attitudes towards the use of the online virtual learning system. 9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences. Hawaii-USA
  • Testa, A. (2010). Using Moral panic to shape the Padania identity: The Italian Lega Nord and the Islam Invasion. Moral Panics in the Contemporary World. International Sociological Conference. Brunel University-London, UK.
  • Testa, A. (2009). The importance of Ethnography in making sense of sport. 16th Erasmus-Socrates Sociology Intensive Course. Barcelona-Spain.
  • Testa, A. (2007). Revolution from the right? Neo-Fascism in the 21st century Italian football stadia and society, local sport in Europe. In D. Jutting, B. Schulze, and U. Muller (Eds.), Proceedings of the 4th EASS Conference of the European Association for the Sociology of Sport (pp. 142-144). Munster-Germany.
  • Testa, A. (2006). Sport e Doping: un analisi sociologica e alcune raccomandazioni (Sport and Doping: a sociological analysis and some recommendations). Programma di formazione/informazione per la tutela della salute nelle attivita’ sportive e prevenzione doping. [Program of Scientific Information to safeguard the health in sports and to prevent doping use]. Ministero della Salute-Istit. Super. di Sanita. Italy CVD 9-9.2, pp. 32-37.
  • Testa, A. (2006). The Italian Ultras and Nationalism. Sport, Nation and Nationalism, Proceedings of 3S International Conference on Social Science in Sport and 8th ISHPES Seminar. (International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport and the International Sociology of Sport Association). Slovenia.

Courses Taught:

  • Contemporary Sociological Theory (2nd year students)
  • Penal Theory (3rd year students)
  • Policing and Police Powers (2nd year students)
  • Research Methods (Master level)

Professor Alberto Testa
London W5 5RF
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