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Research Biography

Prof Marmo holds a PhD in Applied Social Science (University of Lancaster, UK) and an LLB (Honours) (Università di Salerno, Italy). She joined the Flinders Law School in 2005, after having held positions in the UK (University of Leicester and the Liverpool John Moores University).

Prof Marmo is a leading expert on human mobility, human rights and gendered criminology. Her research has been cited by academics and senior policymakers worldwide, profiled by several prominent international and national media outlets, formed the base for a British Parliamentary Q&A session and used to inform a documentary in Britain. She is an active contributor to national and state inquiries.

Prof Marmo has published/co-published extensively in the area of transnational criminal matters, including books such as: 'A research agenda for a human rights centred criminology'; 'Narrating Injustice Survival'; 'Transnational Crime and Criminal Justice'; 'Race, Gender and the Body'; and 'Crime, Justice and Human Rights'. Over the years, she authored over 40 articles and book chapters in top quality academic journals and distinguished book publishers.

She has attracted external funding from a number of sources, including the joint initiative EU-Australian Government, the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), the Ian Potter Foundation and the South Australian Law Foundation.

At present, she is Chief Investigator in mutliple research projects on contemporary forms of modern slavery in Australia and South Australia, including Forced Marriage and contributes to shape local and national policies (@stopslaverysa).

Prof Marmo is a multiple award-winning tertiary education academic, with the latest award received in 2023 (BGL Team Teaching Award) for leading the Flinders Criminology team in its curriculum renovation. She was the first-ever recicient at national level of the ANZ Society of Criminology Excellence in Teaching Award, demonstrating leadership and academic distinction in the field.

Research Interests

Marinella researches in the areas of international criminal justice, transnational crime and human rights. Currently, she works in the area of migration, border control and trafficking in human beings.
She is also interested in the judiciary's role and their involvement in the approximation and harmonising process in human rights and criminal justice.

In collaboration with the Victim Support Service, she has worked on the self-medication of crime victims from 2011 to 2017.

She has been leading research projects on contemporary forms of modern slavery

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Modern Slavery
  • Gig economy and exploitation of workers
  • International criminal court and geo-politics (1)
  • Night time economy in Adelaide, young people and drugs (1)
  • white collar / corporate crime and pharmaceutical regulation (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • International law and State Crime
  • Gendered and raced lens to improve support services
  • Labour rural-urban migration and exploitation (1)


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Research Areas

  • Criminology

Supervisory Interests

  • Human trafficking
  • Gender and human rights
  • International criminal court
  • Corporate and transnational crime
  • State crime


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