Christina Jerne

Christina Jerne


Broadly speaking my research focuses on organisational aspects of economy. Thematically I have worked with different forms of organised crime, social movements and experience economies with a focus on ethical and political dimensions.

Primary fields of research

I have carried out extensive fieldwork with different types of organised crime enterprise in Italy. In particular I explored diverse collective efforts to oppose and prevent the success of mafia-type relations, for example, through anti-mafia food production, tourism initiatives and the social reuitilisation of confiscated businesses and property. This work developed a theoretical connection between social movement theories, and economic philosophy and cultural studies.

Current research

Currently I am working on the transnational and global dimensions of gangs in Northern Europe. The project is part of Criminal Entanglements (CRIMTANG), funded by the European Research Council and headed by Henrik Vigh. The project is carried out at the  'Centre for Global Criminology'. At the centre, we aim to develop a novel and ethnographically oriented approach to the study of criminal developments in our contemporary world where crime increasingly travels across national borders.


My teaching and supervision seek to inspire diverse ways of conceptualising and doing economy and politics across scales and sectors. I have also worked as a consultant in critical experiential design for different contexts (E.g. museums, political campaigns, tourism sites and itineraries, libraries, commercial events, video games, difficult heritage sites, public urban space).

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