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Dr Matteo Vergani



Associate 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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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


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

(2017), pp. 1-16, Journal of science and medicine in sport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 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

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

  • 2017: $69,712

Industry and Other Funding

Google CVE Effectiveness Audience Research Australia

Dr Matteo Vergani

  • 2017: $18,260


No completed student supervisions to report