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Criminology lecturer receives international award for inspiring work

Dr Elena Martellozzo from the School of Law awarded ‘Talented Young Italians’ prize for contributions in research in both UK and Italy

Elena receiving her award Dr Elena Martellozzo (pictured in the middle) receiving her award at the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK

The Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK awarded Dr Elena Martellozzo, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, the ‘Talented Young Italians’ prize at Church House in Westminster on Thursday 10 November.

The award brings public attention to Italian nationals who hold a role of high visibility and responsibility in their fields in the UK, keeping at the same time a link with Italy and fostering positive exchanges between the two countries.

“Working in the area of child sexual abuse can be upsetting, but seeing my work now recognised internationally is incredibly humbling,” said Dr Martellozzo.

“After 20 years of working with groups including police forces, national governments, universities and charities in Italy, the UK and further afield, it is such an honour that my own country is recognising the work I am doing through this prestigious prize.”

Dr Martellozzo was selected for the award by a committee of senior representatives, coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce with the aid of Italian professional and academic associations in the UK, and with the input of the Italian community.

In a statement about the award, the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK highlighted the importance of recognising Dr Martellozzo’s achievements.

“Being talented is important, but even more important is to be able to transmit the enthusiasm, the knowledge and the skills to others. That’s the reason why we want to acknowledge talented young Italians, who excel in their careers working in the UK, and who are not only leaders but an example of leadership to other young people.”

In addition to teaching at Middlesex University, Dr Martellozzo, who specialises in sex offenders’ use of the internet and online child safety, offers regular advice to the London Metropolitan Police and the Italian Police Force.

“I arrived in the UK nearly 20 years ago, fresh from high school, and I could hardly speak any English. In those 20 years I worked very hard and met many professionals who believed in me and who’ve helped me become who I am today.”

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