"Oxford offers you all the possibilities" - Professor Giovanna Truda visits the Department

"Oxford offers you all the possibilities" - Professor Giovanna Truda visits the Department


Giovanna Truda attends formal dinner at Christ Church

Giovanna Truda attends formal dinner at Christ Church

We were pleased to welcome Professor Giovanna Truda to the Department of Sociology this term. Giovanna is an Associate Professor of the Sociology of Law and teaches Sociology of Deviance and Sociology of Gender at the University of Salerno, Italy.

Professor Truda's work focuses on the socio-legal aspects of social phenomena. Her research interests include legal sociology, corruption, crime, deviance, and social change, particularly with regards to the study of rights, gender, and sustainable development.

We spoke to Giovanna about her work and experiences while an Academic Visitor at Oxford.

What is your current research about?

My current research concerns the concept of 'corrupt thinking'.

My work dwells on the concept of 'frame of mind corruption', analysing the issues of corruption and criminal thinking in the legal and sociological fields; the dynamics and the public and private contexts within which 'corrupt thinking' has developed and has continued to thrive; and the modalities of the recurring relationships between such subjects in daily life. 

How did you get involved in this research area?

First of all, my curiosity prompted me. There are some behaviours that are illegal or borderline legal that society and people often tolerate; yet these are behaviours that will have consequences for the whole of society in the social, economic and political spheres. Why does this happen? What are the motivations and social dynamics that are activated?

How has your research progressed during your time at Oxford?

During my visit to the Sociology Department, my work progressed very well. An ideal context for research and academic support is crucial.

Seminars by colleagues from all over the world on topics related to my research, and the ongoing exchange of opinions and studies, allowed me in a short time to have a global view of the topic of my work.

Have you enjoyed living in Oxford? 

Yes, I really enjoyed living in Oxford. My feeling is that the city as a whole is a large university campus and is student and scholar friendly. It is the ideal environment for doing research, but at the same time there is the availability of all the amenities necessary for living and having fun.

Was anything surprising?

I believe that Oxford, for any scholar, is a dream to be fulfilled, and I have fulfilled it.

The ways of working at Oxford surprised me, including the support for research, but above all the tranquillity with which people work. It was great to work within a group that supports you and helps you to proceed with your research.

So there was nothing surprising - I expected a lot from Oxford and the University didn't let me down!

Do you have any advice for Sociology students?

The advice I would like to give to emerging sociologists is to be curious and look around. Our work begins by reflecting on what is happening around us and in the world.

Above all, I would tell them to take advantage of the years of study here in Oxford because this University will train you to be able to do well.

Oxford offers you all the possibilities - don't miss any.