General Profile

Dr Elena Martellozzo is a Criminologist and specialises in sex offenders’ use of the internet and online child safety.  She holds a full time lectureship at Middlesex University and offers regular expert advice to the London Metropolitan Police and Italian Police Force (Polizia di Stato). In 2012 was made an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent, Centre for Child Protection.
Elena has work extensively with children, serious offenders and practitioners. She has conducted ground breaking research for the London Metropolitan Police (2010), the National Audit Office and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Davidson, J. et al. 2009) and the Kingdom of Bahrain (Davidson, J. Martellozzo, E. 2010). She has recently completed a piece of research on behalf of the London Metropolitan Police to advance Internet investigators’ performance through the understanding of children and sex offenders’ online activities (2012).

Her work includes the analysis of online grooming, distribution of indecent images and police practice in this area.  She has also assessed police safety campaigns about use of the web aimed at children and has worked with children on their perception of the internet and looked at their safety when using it. The findings of her research on this subject are helping to inform police and other agencies strategy and practice.

She currently lectures in research methods (both undergraduate and postgraduate) and Organised Crime and Corporate offenders.



Martellozzo, E. (Forthcoming, 2011) "Online Child Sexual Abuse: Grooming, Policing and Child Protection in a Multi-Media World" (Routledge)

Book Chapters:

  • Martellozzo, E. (2011) 'Sex Offenders Use of the Internet' In Internet Child Abuse: Current Research & Practice. Davidson, J & Gottschalk, P (2011). Routledge
  • Davidson, J., Martellozzo, E., (2009) ‘Internet Sex Offenders:’ ‘Folk Devils’ and State Surveillance’ in Individual Freedom, Autonomy and the State’ Eds Johnson, M & Scalter, S (Sociol-Legal Research Group. Cambs). Hart Press
  • Davidson, J., Martellozzo, E. (2009) ‘Globalization, Urbanization & Security’ in Urbanization, Policing & Security: Global Perspectives. Cordner G, Cordner AM, and Das D. (Editors). Routledge
  • Davidson, J., Martellozzo, E. (2008) ‘Protecting Children in Cyberspace’  ‘Sex Crime’ (Eds) Letherby, G., Birch, P., Cain, M. and Williams, K. Willan Publishers.

Journal Articles

Davidson, J. Martellozzo, E. (2012) ‘Exploring young People Use of Social Networking Sites and Digital Media in the Internet safety Context: A Comparison of the UK and Bahrain’ Information, Communication and Society. Routledge

Martellozzo, E. Nehring, D. Taylor, H (2011) ‘Online Child Sexual Abuse by Female Offenders: An Exploratory Study’ Cyber Journal of Criminology Vol 4 (1&2): 592–609

Martellozzo, E. (2009) ‘Cuidado y Proteccion de Menores Contra el Abuso Online’. Cuadernos de Seguridad. 11, 151-181

Martellozzo, E. and Taylor, H. (2009). ‘Cycle of Abuse’. Index on Censorship. 38, 117-122. Routledge
Davidson and Martellozzo, E. (2008) ‘Policing the Internet: Protecting Vulnerable Children from Sex Offenders in Cyberspace’ in Police Investigations Police Practice & Research: An International Journal (PPR). Routledge

Recent media contributions

BBC1 News at 7p.m. 27, October 2012: Interview on the impact of Jimmy Savile’s allegations on his family

BBC1 News at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. 19, October 2012: Interview on the Jimmy Savile’s case;

The Huffington Post 31 October 2012 - Jimmy Saville

The Huffington Post 1 November 2012 - Jimmy Saville

Sutton Guardian, 16, October 2012 - Sutton Nursery Woker

Channel 4 13, June 2012 - EU Online Moderation

The Guardian 22, August 2012, How police investigators are catching paedophiles online 

Islam Channel, 14 May 2012, Is the media reporting cases of street grooming fairly? Politics and Media 14 May 2012 

Metro, Wednesday 31, August 2011, The courage to speak 

Mattino 5- Canale Cinque –Italian TV (21st January 2010) 

Gulf news (17th July 2010)


Recent invited national and international research presentations:

  • British Society of Criminology
  • Member of the Evidence Group Research for the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS)
  • Member of Scientific Committee of ‘Prometeo’(Italian leading charity against Child Sexual Abuse)
  • Share research findings
  • Engage in knowledge dissemination across Italy
  • Take part in press conferences-published online and broadcasted regionally

PhD Supervisions:

Eddie Thomas

A Force Within? A Review of Police Culture.

Andrew Monaghan

Exploring how Internet Pornography is used among online users and reviewing the conflicting theoretical and empirical evidence for the harm that the material may cause to those involved.

Dr Elena Martellozzo would be interested in supervising PhDs in any of her specialist areas (child sexual abuse, online grooming, policing, punishment and social control) and welcomes informal enquiries from potential doctoral students.

Languages spoken

Elena is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish.