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Dr Matteo Vergani

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

Alfred Deakin Institute

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography

Dr Matteo Vergani is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Deakin University, and Senior Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. Matteo’s research focuses on the "ecosystem of hate", which includes discrimination, micro-aggressions, hate speech, hate crime and politically motivated violence. It looks at the factors that cause and accellerate hate, as well as the factors that contribute to prevent and mitigate hate, such as social cohesion and inclusion of diverse communities in multicultural societies. Matteo has completed numerous impact evaluations of P/CVE projects in Australia and South East Asia.

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Research interests

I am interested in the associations between vastly different behaviours underpinned by hate, ranging from day-to-day micro-aggressions to terrorism and genocide. My research focuses on hate against a wide range of target groups, including religious, ethnic, racial, LGBTIQ+, people living with a disability, among others.

Publications

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2021

Examining the Relationship Between Alienation and Radicalization into Violent Extremism

Matteo Vergani, Muhammad Iqbal, Kerry O'Brien, Peter Lentini, Greg Barton

(2021), pp. 115-138, Islam and Security in the West, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Bonding Social Capital, Afghan Refugees, and Early Access to Employment

M Vergani, I Yilmaz, G Barton, J Barry, G Bashirov, S Barton

(2021), pp. 1-17, International Migration Review, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Political philosophy and Australian far-right media: a critical discourse analysis of The Unshackled and XYZ

Imogen Richards, Maria Rae, Matteo Vergani, Callum Jones

(2021), Vol. 163, pp. 103-130, Thesis eleven, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Hate Crime Reporting: The Relationship Between Types of Barriers and Perceived Severity

M Vergani, C Navarro

(2021), pp. 1-16, European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Santri with attitude: support for terrorism and negative attitudes to non-Muslims among Indonesian observant Muslims

G Barton, M Vergani, Y Wahid

(2021), pp. 1-15, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, London, Eng., C1

journal article

When and How Does Anti-Semitism Occur? the Different Trigger Mechanisms Associated with Different Types of Criminal and Non-Criminal Hate Incidents

M Vergani, D Goodhardt, R Link, A Adamczyk, J Freilich, S Chermak

(2021), pp. 1-17, Deviant Behavior, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Community-centered P/CVE Research in Southeast Asia: Opportunities and Challenges

Matteo Vergani

(2021), pp. 1-18, Researching Violent Extremism Series, Washington, D.C, A6

research report/technical paper

Countering Islamophobia in the Victorian population

Kevin Dunn, Rachel Sharples, Fethi Mansouri, Yin Paradies, Matteo Vergani, Craig McGarty, Amanuel Elias

(2021), Vol. 2, pp. 1-10, CRIS issues papers, Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on delivery of services to CALD communities in Australia

Enqi Weng, Fethi Mansouri, Matteo Vergani

(2021), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper
2020

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

(2020), Vol. 43, pp. 854-885, Studies in conflict and terrorism, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

The effects of local socio-political events on group cohesion in online far-right communities

A Bliuc, J Betts, N Faulkner, M Vergani, R Chow, M Iqbal, D Best

(2020), Vol. 15, pp. 1-18, PLoS ONE, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal article

Comparing Different Sources of Data to Examine Trends of Hate Crime in Absence of Official Registers

Matteo Vergani, Carolina Navarro, Joshua Freilich, Steven Chermak

(2020), pp. 1-16, American Journal of Criminal Justice, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Tackling Hate in Australia: Stocktake Report 2019-2020

Matteo Vergani, Rouven Link

(2020), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Barriers to reporting hate crime and hate incidents in Victoria: A mixed-methods study

Matteo Vergani, C Navarro

(2020), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper
2019

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

(2019), Vol. 40, pp. 111-124, Political psychology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Collective identity changes in far-right online communities: The role of offline intergroup conflict

A Bliuc, J Betts, M Vergani, M Iqbal, K Dunn

(2019), Vol. 21, pp. 1770-1786, New Media and Society, London, Eng., C1

journal article

United in diversity, divided in adversity? Support for right-wing Eurosceptic parties in the face of threat differs across nations

M Vergani, A Bliuc, A Stuart, C Badea, D Muntele, C McGarty

(2019), Vol. 10, pp. 1-12, Frontiers in Psychology, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2018

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

M Vergani

(2018), Singapore, A1

book

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

Women's agency and the building of social capital, cohesion and resilience in the new Afghanistan Community in Geelong, Victoria

S Barton, I Yilmaz, F Bezhan, G Barton, J Barry, M Vergani

(2018), Burwood, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Digital me, digital us: curious, critical & creative pilot project evaluation report

C Beavis, L Pangrazio, Michelle Grossman, A Keddie, T Cinque, M Vergani, C Eveley, V Trundle, C Speldewinde

(2018), [Melbourne, Vic.], A6

research report/technical paper
2017

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

journal article

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

journal article

Islamophobia Register Data 2014-2016

D Iner

(2017), Sydney, N.S.W., A6

research report/technical paper
2016

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

book chapter

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

journal article

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

journal article
2015

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

journal article

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

journal article
2014

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article
2013

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

book chapter
2011

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

journal article

Are party activists potential opinion leaders?

M Vergani

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

journal article

Internet e partecipazione politica: uno studio comparato tra V-Day e No B-Day

M Vergani

(2011), Vol. 2, pp. 197-222, Comunicazione politica, Bologna, Italy, C1-1

journal article
2010

Folksonomy nel Web, tra utopia e realtà

M Vergani

(2010), pp. 115-135, Nuovi media e ricerca empirica. I precorsi metodologici degli Internet Studies, Milan, Italy, B1-1

book chapter

Media, participation and the state of democracy

Fausto Colombo, M Vergani

(2010), pp. 123-136, Media and communication studies interventions and intersections: the intellectual work of the 2010 ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School, Tartu, Estonia, B1-1

book chapter

Precari per sempre? Nuove forme di comunicazione per nuove lotte

Giovanna Mascheroni, M Vergani

(2010), Vol. 3, pp. 52-64, Historia magistra, Milan, Italy, C1-1

journal article
2009

YouTube e civic commercial engagement. Il caso Obama Girl e Barely Political

M Vergani

(2009), Vol. 40, pp. 131-144, Sociologia della comunicazione, Milan, Italy, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Mapping Social Services Provision for Diverse Communities

Prof Fethi Mansouri, Dr Matteo Vergani, Joumanah El Matrah

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2021: $101,019
  • 2020: $128,811

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

  • 2019: $21,906
  • 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

Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS)

Prof Michele Grossman, Prof Fethi Mansouri, Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Prof Anita Harris, Prof Greg Barton, Dr Amanuel Elias, A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Dr Vivian Gerrand, Prof Amanda Keddie, Prof Yin Paradies, Dr Matteo Vergani, Dr Jessica Walton, Prof Chad Whelan, Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc, Dr Philippa Collin, Dr Hass Dellal, Dr Nida Denson, Prof Kevin Dunn, Dr Liam Magee, Dr Liam McGarty, A/Prof Amanda Third, Dr Vanessa Barolsky, Dr Michael Ungar, Dr Sherene Idriss

  • 2019: $1,824,753
  • 2018: $1,065,362

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

Prof Greg Barton, Dr Matteo Vergani

  • 2019: $146,651
  • 2018: $69,007

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

Mapping Social Services Provision for Diverse Communities

Prof Fethi Mansouri, Dr Matteo Vergani, Joumanah El Matrah

  • 2021: $10,000
  • 2020: $10,000

Exploring the missing link between hate and violent extremism: building capacities to collect and share data in Victoria

Dr Matteo Vergani, A/Prof Gail Mason, Mr Daniel Goodhardt, Prof Joshua Freilich, Prof Steven Chermak

  • 2020: $13,605
  • 2019: $63,599

Dissecting lslamophobia: understanding the varied racialisation of Islam using latent class analysis, and what it means for responding

Prof Kevin Dunn, Prof Fethi Mansouri, Craig McGarty, Thierno Diallo, Rachael Sharples, Dr Matteo Vergani, Prof Yin Paradies, Dr Amanuel Elias

  • 2019: $22,000

South East Asian Network of Civil Society Organisations (SEAN-CSO) in 2019 20.

Prof Greg Barton, Dr Matteo Vergani

  • 2020: $241,329
  • 2019: $130,000

Evaluation of AASW and APS Programs.

Dr Matteo Vergani, Prof Michele Grossman

  • 2020: $144,500

Engagement of a Research and Relationships provider to support activities of the South East Asian Network of Civil Society Organisations (SEAN-CSO) in 2020-21.

Prof Greg Barton, Dr Matteo Vergani

  • 2021: $195,000

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

A/Prof Anthony Ware, Prof Matthew Clarke, Prof Greg Barton, Dr Matteo Vergani

  • 2018: $10,000

Mapping Social Services Provision for Diverse Communities

Prof Fethi Mansouri, Dr Matteo Vergani, Joumanah El Matrah

  • 2021: $5,000
  • 2020: $5,000

Systematic review of hate definitions and measurement.

Dr Matteo Vergani

  • 2021: $66,263
  • 2020: $54,997

Measuring impact of online and offline campaign for building resilience and tolerance in tackling South and Southeast Asia conflict

Dr Matteo Vergani, Prof Greg Barton

  • 2021: $12,787

The Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Survey in Australia

A/Prof Steven Cooke, Dr Donna-Lee Frieze, Prof Andrew Singleton, Dr Matteo Vergani

  • 2021: $119,399

Other Funding Sources

Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS)

Prof Michele Grossman, Prof Fethi Mansouri, Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Prof Anita Harris, Prof Greg Barton, Dr Amanuel Elias, A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Dr Vivian Gerrand, Prof Amanda Keddie, Prof Yin Paradies, Dr Matteo Vergani, Dr Jessica Walton, Prof Chad Whelan, Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc, Dr Philippa Collin, Dr Hass Dellal, Dr Nida Denson, Prof Kevin Dunn, Dr Liam Magee, Dr Liam McGarty, A/Prof Amanda Third, Dr Vanessa Barolsky, Dr Michael Ungar, Dr Sherene Idriss

  • 2020: $163,325
  • 2019: $112,204

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2020

Reem Sweid

Thesis entitled: The Governmentality of ¿Radicalisation¿ and its Discontents: A Critique of the Problematisation of ¿Radicalisation¿ in Australian and UK Policy

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences