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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 Italian Muslim Youth, Social Inclusion and Islamophobia.


Sport in Islam and in Muslim Communities (Routledge)


Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology. The official Peer review Journal of the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (USA)
I welcome the opportunity to work with students who wish to enrol in a PhD program and I am interested in receiving informal inquiries from prospective Ph.D. research students in any of my research areas:

1) European/Italian Neo-Fascist , Neo-Nazism Activism, Extremism
2) Hooliganism
3) Sociology of Sport: Deviance /Racism/Violence
4) Crowd Disorders -Policing
5) Italian Society (Deviance/violence/political corruption)
6) Islam -Islamophobia- Radicalisation

I am available for MEDIA consultancy on my research areas


THE VOICE OF RUSSIA (Dmitry Babich) as Neo-Fascism and Nazism Expert. Topic: The rise of Far-right movements and political parties in Europe. (October,2014)

BBC Radio 5 Live-Sunday Breakfast (hosted by Sam Walker and Chris Warburton) as an applied sociologist and Hooliganism expert. Topic: UltraS violence-Fiorentina vs Naples. Naples fans and police officer left with gunshots wounds as four are injured after violent clashes ahead of the Coppa Italia final. Policing issues (May, 2014)

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

BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast as an applied sociologist and Fascism expert. Topics: Paolo Di Canio defends his appointment as Sunderland boss . (2013)

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

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

For Media contributions

Mobile n: +44(0)7585448201

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. (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:

  • Penal Theory (Level 3)
  • Policing and Police Powers (Level 2).
  • Work Based Learning (Criminology related work placements)

Alberto Testa
London W5 5RF
United Kingdom

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