Dr. Elena Martellozzo is a criminologist and a senior lecturer. She is the Programme Leader for the BA Criminology and Lectures on subject’s related to Victimisation and Cybercrime. When Elena lectures she bings into the classroom her research experience which includes: exploring children and young people’s online behaviour, the analysis of sexual grooming and police practice in the area of child sexual abuse, online risks and victimisation.
In an innovative and collaborative partnership between operational policing and academic research, the first of its kind, Elena embedded herself into the newly formed London Metropolitan Police’s Paedophile and High Tech Crime Unit (2003-2009). She was given unprecedented access to documents, staff, and facilities enabling her to view and understand online predators in their ‘natural environment’. More recently (2016), she co-led a piece of research on behalf of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and Office of the he Office of the Children's Commissioner (OCC) on the impact online pornography may have on young people.
Currently Elena is co-leading a research project for the Internet Watch Foundation, evaluating key performance indicators and desired outcomes in safeguarding cyberspace from illegal content by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). Specifically, the research explores the links between the IWFs primary provisions, including Notice and Takedown (NTD) requests; the management and evolution of a URL black list; and IWFs effectiveness in and the provision of support to multi-stakeholders in securing and implementing a safe cyberspace.
The findings of her research inform her teaching, police and other agencies strategy and practice both in Italy and the UK. Elena develops and delivers training programmes for Prometeo (www.associazioneprometeo.org), an Italian leading charity who supports victims of sexual abuse, and police officers working in child protection. She works closely with the media and provides regular experts advice to a number of key agencies.
Her work is summarised here: Research impact: Case study
In 2016 Elena received the award of ‘young Italian Talent in the Untied Kingdom’ by the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Italian Embassy in the United Kingdom https://www.mdx.ac.uk/news/2016/11/criminology-lecturer-receives-international-award-for-inspiring-work
English, Italian, Spanish
Dr Elena Martellozzo is interested in supervising PhDs in any of her specialist areas (child sexual abuse, online grooming, policing and victimology) and welcomes informal enquiries from potential doctoral students.
Dr Mary Aiken (Completed in 2016) A Content Analysis Approach to the Investigation, Comprehension and Prevention of Cyber Sexualised Behaviour in Children and Adolescents. Co Supervised with Prof Julia Davidson
Dr Andy Monaghan (Completed in 2017) Self-Generated Images in Online Pornography. Co Supervised with Prof. Vincenzo Ruggiero
Waleid Alantali (Ongoing) Strengthening e-crime legislation in the UAE. Co Supervised with Prof Julia Davidson and Renu Barton-Hanson
Sam Jenkins (Ongoing) A critical evaluation of the justifications for the criminalization of virtual child pornography. Co-supervised with Prof Julia Davidson
Nicola Coleman (Ongoing) A Critical exploration of the Relationship between Family structure, Family Functioning and Youth Offending. Co-supervised with Dr David Porteous and Dr Carly Guest
Martellozzo, E. (2012) “Online Child Sexual Abuse: Grooming, Policing and Child Protection in a Multi-Media World” (Routledge)
Martellozzo, E., Jane, E. (Eds) (2017) “Cybercrime and its Victims” (Routledge)
Martellozzo, E. (Forthcoming) Online Child Sexual Abuse. In Child Abuse: Evidence, Prevention, Management, and Policy (Robinson,Y. et al. Eds). Elsevier Science
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
Journals / Articles:
Martellozzo, Elena and Jane, Emma (2017) Cybercrime and its victims. Routledge Studies in Crime and Society . Routledge. ISBN 9781138639447
Martellozzo, Elena and Monaghan, Andrew and Adler, Joanna R. and Davidson, Julia and Leyva, Rodolfo and Horvath, Miranda A. H. (2016) "I wasn’t sure it was normal to watch it…”A quantitative and qualitative examination of the impact of online pornography on the values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of children and young people. Project Report. Middlesex University, NSPCC, OCC.
Martellozzo, Elena (2015) Policing online child sexual abuse - the British experience. European Journal of policing Studies, 3 (1). pp. 32-52. ISSN 2034-760X
Davidson, Julia and Martellozzo, Elena (2013) Exploring young people's use of social networking sites and digital media in the internet safety context: a comparison of the UK and Bahrain. Information, Communication & Society, 16 (9). pp. 1456-1476. ISSN 1369-118X
Davidson, Julia and Martellozzo, Elena (2013) Exploring young people's use of social networking sites and digital media in the Internet safety context: a comparison of the UK and Bahrain. Information, Communication & Society, 16 (9). pp. 1456-1476. ISSN 1369-118X
RESEARCH PROJECTS (POST 2009)
Internet Watch Foundation, United Kingdom (Co-Principal Investigator)
An evaluation of effectiveness in safeguarding cyberspace from illegal content
Telecommunication Regulatory Autonomy, Kingdom of Bahrain (Co-Principal Investigator)
National Internet Safety Review
NSPCC, OCC, BBFC (Co-Principal Investigator)
A quantitative and qualitative examination of the impact of legal pornography on the values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviour of children and young people
Understanding sex Offenders Online Activities: Developing Research and Training for Covert Internet Investigators (Principal Investigator)
Understanding Children’s Online Activities: Developing Research and Enhancing Police Practice (Principal Investigator)
Telecommunication Regulatory Autonomy, Kingdom of Bahrain
State of the Nation Review (Co-Principal Investigator)
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
Evaluation of ThinkUKnow Internet Safety Programme (Research Assistant)
National Audit Office
Young people and Internet safety online survey (Research Assistant)