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Research interests

Sappho’s research primarily focuses on the relationship between state power and the international transfer of law enforcement values and practices, especially as regards organised crime and political violence. Drawing on fieldwork carried out in the UK, the US, France, Greece and Turkey, her work explores the mechanisms and effectiveness of foreign influence in domestic security policy.

Sappho also pursues research, both individually and in partnership with other European scholars, on corruption and punitiveness. With regard to corruption, her work examines the relationship between perceptions and practices of corruption from comparative, transnational and national perspectives. Her work on punitiveness analyses comparative and domestic trends in state and public punitiveness from a political economy perspective.

Some of Sappho’s published and forthcoming work is available on her webpage at