ITSTIME’s Team

Marco Lombardi, responsible for ITSTIME research center, is associated professor at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart, where he teaches Crisis management and risk communication, Mass Communication theory and Sociology. He is member of the scientific board of the International Doctorate of Criminology, of the masters in Urban Security and in Relational Context of Emergency. He co-ordinates the activities of the research group Environment, territory and security of the Department of Sociology and his research topics are mainly focused on crisis management, strictly related with terroristic issues. He co-operates with different institutional agencies involved on security ane he is also the director of the High School of Civil Protection of the Government of Regione Lombardia.

Maria Alvanou, is a defence lawyer and a full professor of criminology at the Greek Police Officer’s Academy. She lectures at the Police Officers’ Post Educational Academy-Department of Thessaloniki on issues of National Security and Terrorism. She acquired her doctorate from the International PhD Program in Criminology of Transcrime (Joint Research Center on Transnational Crime, University of Trento & Catholic University of Sacro Cuore – Milan), where she was also an external collaborator. Her doctoral research was focused on Palestinian female suicide bombers and for this reason she conducted fieldwork in Israel. She has also obtained an LLM from the Department of History, Philosophy and Sociology of Law – Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki. Among her research interests in terrorism is aviation security- counterterrorism meaures and she is a special collaborator for 11Aviation Publications in Greece.

Gabriele Barni MBA, ASERI International Relations Management Master, graduated under the Political Sciences Faculty of “Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore” with a thesis on “Cyber Threats a National Security Issue”.  He work as Human Resource Consultant in the pharmaceutical industry and is expert lecturer in the following fields: Information Technology, Human Resource Cyber Security, HR Data Privacy, Open Source, Computer Forensic and Information Security .

Claudio Bertolotti (PhD in Sociology and Political Science) received a B.A. in Contemporary History and he is specialized in Sociology of Islam, his research has focused on “Suicide attacks” and “motivations of Armed Opposition Groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan”. He is a former NATO-ISAF Counter-intelligence analyst and Section chief. Currently, he is a NATO Humint and Info-Ops Subiect Matter Expert and senior research fellow at Italian Military Centre for Strategic Studies (CeMiSS). Since 2008, he has lectured Italian ISAF staff and military personnel teaching “History, Societies, Cultures and Conflicts of Contemporary Afghanistan”. He has authored several articles, researches and books (the latest on suicide terrorism in Afghanistan, and on “Afghan Cultural-Awareness”); he publishes on insurgency and counterinsurgency, cultural approach to contemporary small wars, geopolitical and geostrategic policy. He introduced the «triple way to read» method about insurgency offensive techniques, in particular suicide attacks. He is now assistant professor at Post Conflict Operations Study Centre of the Italian Army in Turin.

Alessandro Burato is a member of the Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues & Managing Emergencies (ITSTIME) Research Centre at Università Cattolica since 2013. He obtained a bachelor degree in Philosophy (2012), a Msc in Risk Analysis at the King’s College London (2013), and a second master in Political Science (2016). He specialized in Social Media Intelligence attending a dedicated course at King’s College London (2014) focusing on the collection and analysis of Jihad communication and its role and effects on the radicalization processes. In 2014 he was one of the organizers of a NATO SPS Programme Advanced Research Workshop focused on how to prevent the radicalization process among youths. He is member of a dedicated group of study in EENeT (European Experts Network on Terrorism) on Social Media Intelligence and he is author of several publications on the issue.

Alessia Ceresa, (PhD in Criminology, State University of Trent) has a legal and juridical background. She is a researcher at ITSTIME – Dept. of Sociology, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan and she collaborates with D.E.M.S. – State University of Palermo, Sicily. She is an expert in Urban Security Policies, Terrorism and New Technology. Her research activities are mainly focused on the impact of new technology on terrorism and the use of technology for safety/security strategies in urban contexts (national and international level). She has also developed a specific expertise on several forms of surveillance from a sociological perspective and related legal/juridical implications, even via the use of ICT devices. Among her publications: Lombardi M., Ceresa A., Fonio C., (2014) An Integrated Risk-Map of Terrorism, in Caleta D., Shemella P. “Intelligence and Combating Terrorism. New Paradigm and Future Challenges”, Institute for Corporative Security Studies, Ljubljana and Centre for Civil-Military Relations, Monterey, USA.

Laris Gaiser graduated, after a period of study at Anglia Polytechnic University of Cambridge, in Law at the University of Verona in 2002 with a final dissertation on “The consequences of the devolution of power in United Kingdom and the new role of the State in public economy”. He earned his Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) of Milano and after a specialization in crisis management and humanitarian action at UN Staff College he obtained a Ph.D. in Geopolitical Economy at University Guglielmo Marconi of Rome. His area of specialization are Economy Intelligence Strategic Studies, and Geoeconomy.  From 2012 until 2014 he was Vice President acting as President of Euro Mediterranean University – EMUNI, serving at the same time as a member of the Strategic Council at Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Laris is involved in political and business advising, writes as a columnist for several european newspapers and is a visiting lecturer at Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (Austria). He is member of the Paneuropean Union presidency in Strasbourg.

Giovanni Giacalone, islamologist, MA in Islamic Studies at Trinity Saint David University of Wales with a thesis on the development of Islam in Italy. Bachelor degree in Sociology from the University of Bologna. Member of Associazione Italiana Sociologia religion branch.  His research interests and activities are focused on three areas: the study of Islamic communities in Italy, the analysis of Islamic radicalism in the Balkans and in the northern Caucasus.

Barbara Lucini is phd in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan. Her research interests and activities are oriented to disaster resilience (especially from a sociological perspective), crisis and disaster management (national, international and European levels), disaster relief, disaster risk reduction, civil protection systems with particular attention on voluntary associations, civil defence systems, emergency volunteers’ management, risk perception and crisis communication.

Marco Maiolino earned a Master in International Relations (MIR) at ASERI, with a Project Work titled: “A New Generation of Conflicts and Threats: Adapting to Hybrid Environments”, he previously graduated under the Faculty of Sociology and Political Science at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, receiving a Bachelor degree in Media and Communication. Marco Maiolino’s topics of research are centered over Hybrid Warfare, Strategic Communication, the strategic use of counter and alternative narratives, and Sociocultural Intelligence (SOCINT).

Mauro Pastorello, graduated in Social and Political Sciences for security and a bachelor in legal sciences, with a past in the Italian Army. He studied the state of play of critical infrastructures protection and resilience in Italy and their interdependencies. His research interests and activities are focused terrorism, on the use of cyber space by terrorist organizations and on the development of their technologies to attack our business process.

Giovanni Pisapia has over thirteen years experience in planning security operations, managing crime prevention and administration of justice projects, and conducting risk assessments in Azerbaijan, Italy, South Africa and the United Kingdom.  He obtained a degree in political science with a thesis on violent crime in South Africa and a Ph.D. in criminology with a thesis on risk assessment/management of critical infrastructure facilities, both from the Catholic University of Milan. He designed, managed and implemented security plans for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa for the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), and was part of the local organizing committees (LOCs) for the 2006 Winter Olympic/Paralympic Games in Turin, Italy, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.  He recently conducted a security review of major sport events for the Tokyo Municipal Government in preparation for their 2020 Olympic/Paralympic Games. He has experience in conceptualizing and implementing projects related to situational crime prevention, including crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), and social crime prevention approaches (e.g. youth at risk, community safety) targeting reduction in crime and violence, including the establishment of community policing, problem-oriented policing and hot-spots techniques strategies in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He is also skilled in the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology for crime mapping and analysis, traffic management and security planning purposes.

Davide Scotti is psychologist, specialized in psychology of emergencies at University of Padua and in crisis management at the Catholic University. Along with a specific theoretical background he has been involved as a fireman at the Regional Center of Fireman – Regione Lombardia. He has been teaching psychology of emergencies, victims’ and operator’s traumatic deseases, social networks coping with traumatic events at Catholic University, Italian Red Cross, Civil Protection and Police. In particular he is in charged of fireman psychological support (Lombardia Regional Center) where started the project on Dispositivi di Protezione Relazionale. He was part of the security activities project in Sri Lanka promoted by Catholic University after 2005 tsunami.

Matteo Vergani has a PhD in “Sociology and Methodology of Social Research” (2011, Catholic University of Milan), with a thesis on activism and participation in political movements. After a second PhD in Political Science at Monash University, Melbourne (Global Terrorism Research Centre), Matteo is now reasearching at Deakin University – Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Australia. His current interests focus on violent extremism in the digital media, Terror Management Theory and hybrid criminal-political groups. Twitter: @teoverga. Recent publications: Vergani M. and Zuev D. (2015) ‘The visualizations of militant Islam: comparing visual representations of Uyghur and Chechen neojihadist militants in YouTube’, Asian Studies Review. (forthcoming); Vergani, M. (2014) ‘Neojihadist prosumers and Al Qaeda single narrative: the case study of Giuliano Delnevo’, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. 37(7); Vergani, M. (2014) ‘Neojihadism and Muslim-Christian Relations in the Mindanao Resistance Movement: A Study of Facebook Digital Narratives’, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. 25(3).