The Osservatorio sulla criminalità organizzata (CROSS) is a new Research Institute of the University of Milan which was established in 2013. The Scientific Director of CROSS is Prof. Fernando Dalla Chiesa, who introduced the first academic course of sociology of organized crime in the Italian University.

CROSS is dedicated to research and education in the field of organized crime. CROSS endorses the study of organized crime from a multidisciplinary perspective. It is structured in two linked operative branches based in the Department of Social and Political Sciences and the Department of International, Legal, Historical and Political Studies of the University of Milan, which deal with the analysis of organized crime domestically and internationally, respectively. CROSS aims to promote conferences, workshops and seminars investigating organized crime dynamics from a broad spectrum.

It holds several educational programmes, including a post-degree Specialization Course entitled “International scenarios of organized crime”. CROSS undertakes research projects in this field, also in partnership with public and private institutions, at national and international level. Starting from 2014 Cross is involved in numerous research projects, including a study on behalf of the Italian Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry against the mafia phenomenon on the presence of the mafia-type groups in the north of Italy. Starting  from 2015 CROSS will publish a quarterly on-line scientific Journal with the aim to host multidisciplinary academic studies dealing with organized crime.

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