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Alberto Testa

Alberto Testa

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I am a Behavioural Sociologist, academic and author. I have achieved Certified Sociological Practitioner status (C.S.P.), which is granted by the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS) and recognized by the USA Commission on the Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology (CAPACS) and the American Sociological Association. My main research interests are social behaviourism and the sociology of deviance and crime.

Currently I am engaged in two international collaborative projects: one is an evaluation focusing on European Counter-Hooliganism Models and Policing and the other one is researching Muslim Youth, Sport and Social Inclusion.

I welcome the opportunity to work with Ph.D. students, and I am interested in receiving informal inquiries from prospective research students in any of my research areas.


1) European/Italian Neo-Fascist and Neo-Nazism Activism
2) Hooliganism
3) Socio-legal issues in Sport (deviance, racism, violence)
4) Crowd Disorders & Policing
5) Italian Society
6) Islam and Islamophobia

For more information

Member of the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology
Member of the American Society of Criminology
Member of the Society of Evidence Based Policing
Alberto is a regular contributor to magazines (online), radio programmes, and online social media.

Recent Media/Radio Interviews

BBC Radio Scotland-Good Morning Scotland as an applied sociologist. Topic: Racism in Italian Society and Football (January, 2014)

DirecTV Latin America (SKY Latin America); Premier Plus; Topic: Chelsea FC and Hooliganism (July 2013)

CBC Radio (Canada); 'The Current' (hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti) as an applied sociologist. Topic: Italian Neofascism and Football & politics. (April , 2013)

BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast (hosted by Nicky Campbell) as an applied sociologist and fascism expert. Topics: Paolo Di Canio defends his appointment as Sunderland boss and my research on Italian ultras and the book: Football, Fascism and Fandom: The UltraS of Italian Football . (April 2013)

CNN International Edition, 3rd April 2013: ‘'Fascist' Di Canio polarizes opinion. (Journalist Ravi Ubha).

Alberto is available for media and consultancy work on:

1) European/Italian Neo-Fascist and Neo-Nazism Activism

2) Italian Society and Politics

3) Crowd Disorders & Policing

4) Hooliganism

4) Policing

5) Islam and Islamophobia

6) Socio-legal issues in sport (Racism, violence, deviance)

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Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity
  • Sociology, Social Networks

Research Group or Laboratory:


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., & Armstrong, G. (2008). Words and actions: Italian UltraS and Neo-Fascism. Social Identities, 14(4), 473-490.
  • 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., & 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. (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.

Other Publications:

  • 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. (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). 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.
  • 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). 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. (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. (2009). The importance of Ethnography in making sense of sport. 16th Erasmus-Socrates Sociology Intensive Course. Barcelona-Spain.

Courses Taught:

  • Sociology of Sport (Social theory and deviance)
  • Work Placement

Alberto Testa
School of Sport and Education
Heinz Wolff Building
Brunel University
Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
United Kingdom

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