Alberto Testa is a criminologist and an internationally recognised far-right expert focusing also on far-right hooliganism.

Alberto is a currently a Professor of Applied Criminology, a registered security consultant (ASC-RISC) and full member of the Association of British Investigators. He is a specialist in applied behaviour analysis (aiming to detect deception) and forensic interviewing (CFI-CISA, USA); He also specialises in Intelligence gathering and analysis and Cyber Investigations.

In all his studies, Alberto uses empirical evidence; so evidence validated by direct experience from the “field”. The aim is to understand the way each group studied, and individuals belonging to it, see the world. So speaking and interacting with participants is crucial. Albeit this approach is very challenging; it is crucial as it provided in-depth and current analyses.

Research Areas

  • Far-Right Extremism, Terrorism
  • Hate Crimes – Antisemitism & Islamophobia
  • (Far-Right) Football Hooliganism, Ultras
  • Mafia – Football, Islamophobia, Antisemitism and Racism in Football

Recent Media Contributions

For Media contributions
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Current Research Projects 

  • Guest editor for the research collection Sport radicalisation and violent extremism for Frontiers. (2021)
  • An Ethnography of Online Far-Right extremism
  • White Jihad ,Terrorism and the Far-Right in Europe
  • Through the Magnifying Glass: Mapping Extremism in the Bosnian Football Terraces. This research will contribute to the Bosnia & Herzegovina Resilience Initiative (BHRI) Programme (implemented by the International Organization for Migration -United Nations, funded and closely coordinated with the U.S. Agency for International Development -USAID) aiming to reduce the threat of violent extremism in BiH and to counter extremist efforts to deepen or exploit communal tensions. 

Esteem Indicators

  • Expert participant at the European Commission Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN);
  • UK representative at the Institute for National and International Security (INIS). INIS is an International think thank for Intelligence, National and International Security, Defense and Counter-Terrorism;
  • Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the SportComLab- Centre for Research on Sports Communication, Department Of Education Science, at the  “Alma Mater Studiorum”-Bologna University (Italy);
  • Co-Editor of the Security Science Journal.