Maria Nizzero is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Finance and Security at RUSI. Her research examines the UK, EU and global financial crime landscape, asset recovery and sanctions, and the foreign policy dimension of illicit finance. Her other research interests include the serious and organised crime-terror nexus and financial crime involving high value goods.

Prior to joining RUSI in 2021, Maria worked for a London-based agency specialising in financial crime and previously for financial news company Dow Jones.

Maria holds a PhD in International Public Law and International Relations from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, where she was also Associate Professor for four years, teaching the class of EU Politics and Institutions. She holds a LLM in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy from the University of Barcelona, and a MA in International Relations from the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).