Miss Elena Martellozzo


Miss Elena Martellozzo
NameMiss Elena Martellozzo
Job titleDoP in Policing/Professor of Criminology
Research institute
Primary appointmentCentre for Policing
Email addressE.Martellozzo@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1249-7611
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Dr Elena Martellozzo is a Professor in Criminology and Associate Director at the Centre for Child Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS) at Middlesex University. Elena has been working in the area of cyber violence for 15 years and is now recognised as a world leading expert in the area, focusing primarily on online harms, online safety and is involved in policy debates at the intersection of technology and human behaviour. One of Elena’s key focuses is to develop innovative research and sharing her findings in international fora. She continually attracts research funding in highly sensitive areas with government departments including the police, the Internet Watch Foundation, the NSPCC, the Children Commissioner for England, the Home Office. She has acted as an advisor on child online protection and online violence against women and girls to governments and practitioners in Italy (since 2004) and Bahrain (2016) to support the development of national child internet safety policy frameworks. Elena is a lead researcher in the area and has led a number of high impact project, nationally and internationally. As a published peer-reviewed author, and well-established national and international Criminologist, she is regularly invited as a speaker by the BBC, New York Post, Sunday Times, The Guardian, Channel 4, Radio 4, ITV, The Times Radio. 

Teaching

I have twenty years of teaching experience in criminology, victimology and cyber crime. I have been invited as a guest lecturer by many universities both in the UK (Essex, City, Kingston, Leicester, Sterling, Greenwich, LSE), internationally (Universities of LUMSA, Venice, Vatican University, L’Aquila, Florence in Italy; Warsaw in Poland; Kigali in Rwanda; Dubai in the UEA; Seoul in South Korea), where I was given the opportunity not only to share my knowledge but also, in many cases, inspire students to continue their studies to a higher level, or develop them professionally. 

 

Employment

Professor in Criminology
Middlesex University
01 Sept 2009

Education and qualifications

Grants

Projects

  • Invisible risks: Combating secondary trauma to safeguard children

Prizes and Awards

Evidence to public body

Impact of online pornography on young people
Children Commissioner and NSPCC
01 Feb 2020

“Policing online harms, the complexities” Technical Workshop as part of the Digital Well- Being Week at the Headquarters of the Judiciary Police. 2023. Lisbon, Portugal. Martellozzo, DeMarco, Bradbury.

• “Protecting Children in the Digital Age”. 2023 St Mary’s SARC conference Manchester, UK. Martellozzo, Bradbury.

• “Protecting Children from Online Abuse”. 2023 International Youth and Cybercrime Summit. Valencia, Spain. Martellozzo.

• “The risk on exposure of adult content on children”. 2022 Malaga, Spain. European Society of Criminology.

• “Recognising cyber violence against women and girls. What are the challenges?” Key Note Speaker for the European Institute for gender Equality. London, UK(2022)

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Research outputs

Supporting digital key workers: Addressing the challenges faced by content moderators during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

Martellozzo, E., Bleakley, P., Bradbury, P., Spence, R. and DeMarco, J. 2024. Supporting digital key workers: Addressing the challenges faced by content moderators during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management. 24 (2), pp. 212-228. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJTPM.2024.137818

Content moderator mental health, secondary trauma, and well-being: a cross-sectional study

Spence, R., Bifulco, A., Bradbury, P., Martellozzo, E. and DeMarco, J. 2024. Content moderator mental health, secondary trauma, and well-being: a cross-sectional study. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. 27 (2), pp. 149-155. https://doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2023.0298

The psychological impacts of content moderation on content moderators: a qualitative study

Spence, R., Bifulco, A., Bradbury, P., Martellozzo, E. and DeMarco, J. 2023. The psychological impacts of content moderation on content moderators: a qualitative study. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace. 17 (4). https://doi.org/10.5817/cp2023-4-8

Moderating online child sexual abuse material (CSAM): Does self-regulation work, or is greater state regulation needed?

Bleakley, P., Martellozzo, E., Spence, R. and DeMarco, J. 2023. Moderating online child sexual abuse material (CSAM): Does self-regulation work, or is greater state regulation needed? European Journal of Criminology. 21 (2), pp. 231-250. https://doi.org/10.1177/14773708231181361

Content moderators’ strategies for coping with the stress of moderating content online

Spence, R., Harrison, A., Bradbury, P., Bleakley, P., Martellozzo, E. and DeMarco, J. 2023. Content moderators’ strategies for coping with the stress of moderating content online. Journal of Online Trust and Safety. 1 (5), pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.54501/jots.v1i5.91

Police responses to cyberstalking during the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK

Martellozzo, E., Bleakley, P., Bradbury, P., Frost, S. and Short, E. 2022. Police responses to cyberstalking during the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles. https://doi.org/10.1177/0032258X221113452

Frontline response: exploring the impact of COVID‐19 on stalking behaviours

Short, E., Bradbury, P., Martellozzo, E., Frost, S. and Bleakley, P. 2022. Frontline response: exploring the impact of COVID‐19 on stalking behaviours. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. 37 (3), pp. 540-548. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-022-09514-w

The right tool for the job: evaluating police experiences of a pilot tool for responding to stalking

Bleakley, P., Frost, S., Bradbury, P., Short, E. and Martellozzo, E. 2022. The right tool for the job: evaluating police experiences of a pilot tool for responding to stalking. Policing: a journal of policy and practice. https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paac022

“Lucky Boy!”; Public perceptions of child sexual offending committed by women

Bradbury, P. and Martellozzo, E. 2021. “Lucky Boy!”; Public perceptions of child sexual offending committed by women. Journal of Victimology and Victim Justice. 4 (2), pp. 160-178. https://doi.org/10.1177/25166069211060091

Exploring the removal of online child sexual abuse material in the United Kingdom: processes and practice

Martellozzo, E. and DeMarco, J. 2020. Exploring the removal of online child sexual abuse material in the United Kingdom: processes and practice. Crime Prevention & Community Safety. 22 (4), pp. 331-350. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41300-020-00099-2

Researching the affects that on online pornography has on U.K. adolescents aged 11 to 16

Martellozzo, E., Monaghan, A., Davidson, J. and Adler, J. 2020. Researching the affects that on online pornography has on U.K. adolescents aged 11 to 16. SAGE Open. 10 (1), pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244019899462

Online child sexual abuse

Martellozzo, E. 2019. Online child sexual abuse. in: Bryce, I., Robinson, Y. and Petherick, W. (ed.) Child Abuse and Neglect: Forensic Issues in Evidence, Impact, and Management Elsevier.

Online sexual grooming: children as victims of online abuse

Martellozzo, E. 2017. Online sexual grooming: children as victims of online abuse. in: Martellozzo, E. and Jane, E. (ed.) Cybercrime and its victims Routledge, Taylor & Francis. pp. 108-128

Cybercrime and its victims

Martellozzo, E. and Jane, E. (ed.) 2017. Cybercrime and its victims. Routledge.

"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

Martellozzo, E., Monaghan, A., Adler, J., Davidson, J., Leyva, R. and Horvath, M. 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. Middlesex University, NSPCC, OCC. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.3382393

Policing online child sexual abuse - the British experience

Martellozzo, E. 2015. Policing online child sexual abuse - the British experience. European Journal of policing Studies. 3 (1), pp. 32-52.

Exploring young people's use of social networking sites and digital media in the internet safety context: a comparison of the UK and Bahrain

Davidson, J. and Martellozzo, E. 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2012.701655

Exploring young people's use of social networking sites and digital media in the Internet safety context: a comparison of the UK and Bahrain

Davidson, J. and Martellozzo, E. 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2012.701655

Internet sex offenders: individual autonomy, ‘folk devils’ and state control

Martellozzo, E., Davidson, J. and Cambridge Socio-Legal Group 2009. Internet sex offenders: individual autonomy, ‘folk devils’ and state control. in: Sclater, S., Ebtehaj, F., Jackson, E. and Richards, M. (ed.) Regulating autonomy: sex, reproduction and family Oxford, UK Hart Publishing. pp. 129-146

Online child sexual abuse: grooming, policing and child protection in a multi-media world

Martellozzo, E. 2012. Online child sexual abuse: grooming, policing and child protection in a multi-media world. London, UK Routledge.

Understanding the perpetrators' online behaviour

Martellozzo, E. 2010. Understanding the perpetrators' online behaviour. in: Davidson, J. and Gottschalk, P. (ed.) Internet child abuse: current research and policy Abingdon, UK Routledge-Cavendish. pp. 104-125

Sex offenders' use of the Internet.

Martellozzo, E. 2010. Sex offenders' use of the Internet. in: Davidson, J. and Gottschalk, P. (ed.) Internet child abuse: current research and policy. Routledge-Cavendish. pp. 104-125

Online child sexual abuse by female offenders: an exploratory study

Martellozzo, E., Nehring, D. and Taylor, H. 2010. Online child sexual abuse by female offenders: an exploratory study. International Journal of Cyber Criminology. 4 (1&2), pp. 592-609.

Cuidado y protección de menores contra el abuso sexual on line

Martellozzo, E. 2009. Cuidado y protección de menores contra el abuso sexual on line. Cuadernos de Seguridad. 11, pp. 151-181.

Globalization, urbanization & security

Davidson, J. and Martellozzo, E. 2009. Globalization, urbanization & security. in: Cordner, G., Cordner, A. and Das, D. (ed.) Urbanization, policing & security: global perspectives CRC Press.

Urbanization and security: moving forward, key themes, and challenges

Davidson, J. and Martellozzo, E. 2009. Urbanization and security: moving forward, key themes, and challenges. in: Cordner, G., Das, D. and Cordner, A. (ed.) Urbanization, policing, and security: global perspectives. CRC Press. pp. 435-440

Evaluation of CEOP ThinkUKnow internet safety programme and exploration of young people's internet safety knowledge.

Davidson, J., Martellozzo, E. and Lorenz, M. 2009. Evaluation of CEOP ThinkUKnow internet safety programme and exploration of young people's internet safety knowledge. Centre for Abuse & Trauma Studies and Kingston University.

Cycle of abuse

Martellozzo, E. and Taylor, H. 2009. Cycle of abuse. Index on Censorship. 38 (1), pp. 117-122. https://doi.org/10.1080/03064220902761106

Protecting vulnerable young people in cyberspace from sexual abuse: raising awareness and responding globally

Davidson, J. and Martellozzo, E. 2008. Protecting vulnerable young people in cyberspace from sexual abuse: raising awareness and responding globally. Police Practice and Research. 9 (4), pp. 277-289. https://doi.org/10.1080/15614260802349965

Protecting children online: towards a safer internet

Davidson, J. and Martellozzo, E. 2008. Protecting children online: towards a safer internet. in: Wetherby, G., Williams, K., Birch, P. and Cain, M. (ed.) Sex as crime? Willan. pp. 338-355
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