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Dr Matteo Vergani



Senior Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


I have two PhDs in the social and political sciences, one in political psychology from Monash University (2016) and the other PhD in political sociology from the Catholic University of Milan (2011).

I am a full-time postdoctoral researcher at Deakin University where I conduct both quantitative and qualitative research on political violence, conflict and intercultural relations.

I have teaching experience in the areas of research methodology (quantitative and qualitative), political sociology, political psychology, Australian politics and international relations.

I am a regular contributor on the SBS Italian radio program, providing weekly political commentary and analysis.

I have conducted research in Australia, Europe, Southeast Asia (Indonesia and Malaysia), Latin America (Brazil and Nicaragua), in Middle East (Palestine), Central Asia (Afghanistan, Uzbekistan).

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Research interests

Why do people engage in political violence? How can we prevent political violence? How can we evaluate whether CVE prevention programs and policies are effective? What is the impact of the perceived threat of terrorism on the public opinion? How can we measure intercultural relations and intercultural conflict?


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Alcohol consumption, masculinity, and alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour in sportspeople

K O'Brien, W Forrest, I Greenlees, D Rhind, S Jowett, I Pinsky, A Espelt, M Bosque-Prous, A Sonderlund, M Vergani, M Iqbal

(2018), Vol. 21, pp. 335-441, Journal of science and medicine in sport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Does the awareness of mortality shape people's openness to violence and conflict? An examination of terror management theory

M Vergani, K O'Brien, P Lentini, G Barton

(2018), pp. 1-14, Political psychology, Chichester, Eng., C1


Intercultural contact, knowledge of Islam, and prejudice against muslims in Australia

F Mansouri, M Vergani

(2018), Vol. 66, pp. 85-94, International journal of intercultural relations, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


How is terrorism changing us?: Threat perception and political attitudes in the age of terror

M Vergani

(2018), Singapore, A1


The language of new terrorism: differences in psychological dimensions of communication in Dabiq and Inspire

M Vergani, Ana-Maria Bliuc

(2018), Vol. 37, pp. 523-540, Journal of language and social psychology, London, Eng., C1


The three Ps of radicalization: push, pull and personal. A systematic scoping review of the scientific evidence about radicalization into violent extremism

M Vergani, M Iqbal, E Ilbahar, G Barton

(2018), Studies in conflict and terrorism, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Examining Islamic religiosity and civic engagement in Melbourne

M Vergani, A Johns, M Lobo, F Mansouri

(2017), Vol. 53, pp. 631-78, Journal of sociology, London, Eng., C1


Beyond social relationships: investigating positive and negative attitudes towards violent protest within the same social movement

M Vergani, G Barton, M Iqbal

(2017), Vol. 53, pp. 445-460, Journal of sociology, London, Eng., C1


When Catholics turn right: the effects of the Islamic terrorism threat on the fragmented Catholic Italian voters

M Vergani, E Tacchi

(2016), Vol. 42, pp. 1885-1903, Journal of ethnic and migration studies, London, Eng., C1


Death reminders increase agreement with extremist views but not violent extremist action in Indonesian Muslims

M Iqbal, K O Brien, A Bliuc, M Vergani

(2016), Vol. 47, pp. 891-897, Journal of cross-cultural psychology, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1


Risk and benefit perceptions: Resistance, adoption and uses of ICT among the Italian elderly

S Carlo, M Vergani

(2016), Vol. 9754, pp. 155-166, Human aspects of IT for the aged population. Design for aging, New York, N.Y., B1


Radical criminals in the grey area: a comparative study of Mexican religious drug cartels and Australian outlaw motorcycle gangs

M Vergani, S Collins

(2015), Vol. 38, pp. 414-432, Studies in conflict & terrorism, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Neojihadist visual politics: comparing YouTube videos of North Caucasus and Uyghur militants

M Vergani, D Zuev

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 1-22, Asian studies review, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Neojihadism and Muslim-Christian relations in the Mindanao Resistance Movement: a study of Facebook digital narratives

M Vergani

(2014), Vol. 25, pp. 357-372, Islam and Christian?Muslim relations, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Rethinking grassroots campaigners in the digital media: The 'grassroots orchestra' in Italy

M Vergani

(2014), Vol. 49, pp. 237-251, Australian journal of political science, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Neo- jihadist prosumers and Al Qaeda single narrative: the case study of Giuliano Delnevo

M Vergani

(2014), Vol. 37, pp. 604-617, Studies in conflict & terrorism, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Local political subcultures and party activism in Italy: The case of the Democratic Party

M Vergani

(2014), Vol. 20, pp. 381-390, Party politics, London, Eng., C1-1


Production of solidarities in YouTube: a visual study of Uyghur nationalism

M Vergani, D Zuev,

(2013), pp. 83-107, Sociology of the visual sphere, Abingdon, Eng., B1-1


Analysis of YouTube videos used by activists in the Uyghur nationalist movement: combining quantitative and qualitative methods

M Vergani, D Zuev

(2011), Vol. 20, pp. 205-229, Journal of contemporary China, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Are party activists potential opinion leaders?

M Vergani

(2011), Vol. 18, pp. 71-82, Javnost - the public, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Research and Relationships Partner for the South East Asian Network of Civil Society Organisations.

Prof Greg Barton, Dr Matteo Vergani

Department of Home Affairs

  • 2018: $69,007

Other Public Sector Funding

Evaluation of Creating Change and Enhance projects

Dr Matteo Vergani

  • 2016: $6,818

Understanding Contemporary Terrorism & Developing Policy Responses

Prof Greg Barton, Dr Matteo Vergani, Prof Michele Grossman

  • 2018: $188,491
  • 2017: $69,712

SEAN-CSO on countering violent extremism - 17/11076-03

Dr Matteo Vergani, Prof Greg Barton

  • 2018: $165,041
  • 2017: $18,181

Preventing violent extremism and building youth cohesion through creative production of grassroots online counter-narratives: a pilot intervention and impact evaluation

Dr Matteo Vergani, Dr Vanessa Barolsky

  • 2018: $51,906

Development and delivery of the Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship Pilot Program

Prof Catherine Beavis, Prof Michele Grossman, Prof Amanda Keddie, Dr Toija Cinque, Dr Luci Pangrazio, Dr Matteo Vergani

  • 2018: $166,889

GCTF Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Working Group - Workshop on Gender and P/CVE: the role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)

Prof Greg Barton, Dr Matteo Vergani

  • 2018: $100,000

Industry and Other Funding

Google CVE Effectiveness Audience Research Australia

Dr Matteo Vergani

  • 2017: $18,260

Measuring Impacts of Countering Violent Extremism Programs: Implications for Australia

Prof Michele Grossman, Dr Matteo Vergani

  • 2018: $4,200

Investigating the need for current practices around countering/preventing violent extremism and the work of Plan International in the Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar

Dr Anthony Ware, Prof Matthew Clarke, Prof Greg Barton, Dr Matteo Vergani, Deakin Research Giving

  • 2018: $10,000


No completed student supervisions to report