Social Observatory on Development and Crime in Sardinia (OSCRIM)

The Social Observatory on Development and Crime in Sardinia (OSCRIM), directed by Professor Antonietta Mazzette, documents the evolution of the various forms of crime in Sardinia through the analysis of violent crimes.

Its main aims are: 

  • daily monitoring of crimes reported in the local press (La Nuova Sardegna, Unione Sarda);
  • the Istat data analysis on crime statistics and regional criminality levels with the final aim of comparing all the international, national, regional and provincial data;
  • the analysis of policy measures taken in order to combat crime;
  • the setting of new standards for detection which meet the information requirements by local institutions (the Questorship, the Prosecutor’s Office, local authorities, etc.), in order to obtain information to organise crime prevention/repression interventions. 

Research reports are periodically available in both paper and digital form. 

Under the coordination and supervision of Professor Romina Deriu, OSCRIM also studies and analyses the local development dynamics both from a socio-economic as well as a socio-educational point of view, following a local, national and international perspective. The analysis of the development processes is considered to be useful also in order to build the interrelationships between social phenomena, cultural elements and the environment, all aspects that influence the emergence of crime in Sardinia. 


In Youth We Trust

The OSCRIM is a partner of the ‘In Youth we trust’ project funded by the PNRR Agency for Territorial Cohesion, which aims to create a system of services in order to contrast educational poverty and to promote social inclusion of the under-age children and their families. This method is primarily based on the involvement of the social actors, on the continuity and in taking charge of the beneficiaries by a multidisciplinary team with the purpose of ensuring a more formative and social impact.

The OSCRIM coordinates the ‘Laboratories of Legality’ in the Latte Dolce and Santa Maria di Pisa secondary schools with the aim of spreading a greater knowledge and awareness in youth of criminal phenomena related to violence and drug trafficking, their importance and effects in terms of legality, compliance with the rules and coexistence. 


The project’s activities concern the promotion of the culture of legality, operational strategies to combat the drop-out and early school leaving issue and actions against cyberbullying among minors between 11 and 17 years old. 

Other participants are: Impresa Sociale Nuovi Scenari (proposing subject); Margherita di Castelvì Hish School (Sassari); Giffoni Innovation Hub; Drone Experience; Giffoni for kids; “Farina - San Giuseppe” Comprehensive School (Sassari); “La botte e il cilindro” Theater Company (Sassari); “Sapere Aude” Social Cooperative (Sassari); the Cagliar Juvenile Justice Centre (Sassari branch offices); Councillorship to “Servizi sociali e Politiche della casa” of the municipality of Sassari.




The students and the Professors of the Public Communication and Information Professions Degree Course L-20 recommend some readings on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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mercato droghe

What is the impact of the drugs market on the development of Sardinia? This is the question around which the Social Observatory on the Development and Crime in Sardinia (OSCRIM) aims to initiate a public discussion on the 16th of November at 16.00 in the Aula Magna of the University of Sassari, starting from the latest book published by the OSCRIM, “L’Isola sotterranea. Tra violenza e narcomercato” (FrancoAngeli 2022)

The volume focuses on violent criminal phenomena and the drugs market by identifying the overlapping of legal and illegal markets typical of some criminal groups operating in Sardinian territory. 

The curator of the book, Antonietta Mazzette, along with Manuela Pulina, representative of the OSCRIM economic area, will introduce the various participants’ speeches the Sassari Public Prosecutor Gianni Caria, the Coordinator of Tavolo Parti Sociali Nord Ovest Sardegna Pierluigi Ledda, jurist and President of the Special Anti-Corruption Commission of the Chamber of Deputies in the XIII Legislature Giovanni Meloni, the Minister of the Interior and President of the Bicameral Anti-Mafia Commission in the XVI Legislature Giuseppe Pisanu, and Stefano Rebechesu, Provincial Commander of the Guardia di Finanza of Sassari.

The seminar will be preceded by a debate on how to study crime with a comparison between the OSCRIM research team (Giampiero Branca, Daniele Pulino, Sara Spanu, Camillo Tidore) and Anna Maria Zaccaria and Stefano D’Alfonso, prominent members of the Mafias and Corruption Laboratory (Laboratorio su Mafie e Corruzione, LIRMaC) from the University of Naples Federico II, research centre which studies and track organised criminal phenomena in the Campania region. 


The event is a part of the “Settimana della Sociologia” national initiatives and will be coordinated by the journalist and writer Giacomo Mameli. 

Beginning with the institutional greetings of Gavino Mariotti, Magnifico Rettore of the University of Sassari, the president of the Public Communication and Information Professions Degree Course Romina Deriu, and Giuseppe Conti, President of the Council of the Bar Association of Sassari.

The attendance of the seminar students of the Public Communication and Information Professions Degree Course (L20)  will receive 1 CFU and 3 CFU on criminal law subjects by the Council of the Bar Association of Sassari.

Download the flyer of the event here

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The Social Observatory on Development and Crime in Sardinia (OSCRIM) website has been translated by Silvia Rizzi