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Updated: 25 June 2012


curriculum vitae

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April 2012 -
Senior Scientist
Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)
European Commission Joint Research Centre

July 2011 - March 2012
Senior Researcher
Economics of Personal Information Project, CeDInt
Universidad Politecnica of Madrid

January 2008 - January 2011
Scientific Officer
Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)
European Commission Joint Research Centre

Visiting Research Fellow (Honorary)
University of Chester

September 2007 - January 2008
Senior Lecturer
Department of Social and Communication Studies
University of Chester

September 2005 - August 2007
Department of Social and Communication Studies
University of Chester

July 2003 - June 2005
Research Fellow
European Studies research Institute (ESRI)
University of Salford

Programme Visitor (June - August 2004)
Acspri Centre for Social Research (ACSR)
Australian National University

April 2000 - December 2003
Doctoral Research Fellow
EMTEL Network (European Media, Technology and Everyday Life)
London School of Economics

August 2001 - January 2003
Research Officer
IPOP Project (Internet, political organisation and participation), ESRI
University of Salford

Free-lance researcher
e-Democracy Programme
Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government

Other teaching experience

Spring 2003
Part-time Lecturer
BA-level ‘Methods of research in politics and contemporary history’ (Excel and SPSS in social data analysis)
University of Salford, School of ESPaCH, Politics and Contemporary History.

Summer 2001
Visiting Lecturer
‘Information Society and Electronic democracy’
University of Roehampton (Surrey), Department of Social Studies.

2000 – 2001
Teaching Assistant
MSc course ‘Methods of Research in Media and Communications’
London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Social Psychology.


Education and awards

PhD in Media and Communications
London School of Economics and Political Science.

MPhil funded with an Award of the University of Bologna for Higher Education abroad.

MA in European Political Systems and Culture
University of Bologna, Network Europaeum, 1999.

Scholarship awarded by Ser.In.Ar. Forlì-Cesena Spa, Cassa di Risparmio di Forlì Foundation and Roberto Ruffilli Foundation Forlì.

Laurea (MA) Degree in Political Science
University of Bologna, Faculty of Political Science.

Autumn and Spring 1994
Erasmus exchange visitor, University of Sussex. School of European Studies.

Scholarship awarded by the EU.

Conferences, workshops, seminars

Participant: ePractice workshop: Public Services 2.0, 16 November 2010, Brussels

Invited expert: Stakeholder consultation - Privacy, open source information & border security, 23 September 2010, The Hague

Invited expert: RAND Europe Workshop The Cloud: understanding the Security, Privacy and Trust Aspects, 10 September 2010, Brussels

Invited participant: SPOCS 2nd Industry Workshop, 15 June 2010, Brussels

Scientific Committee: Third Workshop on Identity in the Information Society (IDIS 10), 26-28 May 2010, Rome

Organiser: eID Survey Expert Workshop organised by EC JRC IPTS, 15-16April 2010, Seville

Presenter: 25th European Communication Policy Research Conference, 28-30 March 2010 Brussels

Presenter: Cost298 Final Conference, 15 March 2010, Seville

Thought Leader Keynote Speech: Gartner IAM Summit 2010, 3-4 March 2010, London

Invited speaker: Computer, Data Protection and Privacy Conference, 29-30 January 2010, Brussels

Keynote Speaker and Panellist: PrimeLife / IFIP Summer School, 7-11 September 2009, Nice

Discussant: Second Multidisciplinary Workshop on Identity in the Information Society (IDIS 09) , 5 June 2009, London

Organiser and presenter: Expert Workshop on Regulatory and legal aspects of electronic identity, 15 May 2009, Brussels

Invited speaker: International Seminar eDemocracy 2.0, organised by Regione Emilia-Romagna and Pep-Net, 8 April 2009, Bologna

Invited panellist: Roundtable - Online Data Collection, Targeting and Profiling for Commercial Purposes in Online Environments organised by DG SANCO, 31 March 2009, Brussels

Invited talk: eDemocracy e cittadinanza (eDemocracy and citizenship) organised by FONDACA, 20 March 2009, Città dell'altra Economia, Rome

Presenter: Joint COST298 - IPTS IS unit workshop 'Participation in the broadband society', 16 February 2009, Seville

Organiser: Expert Workshop on the Economics of eIdentity: Framing the issue organised by EC JRC IPTS, 2 February 2009, Seville

Participant: International Conference on Computer, Privacy & Data Protection: ‘Data Protection in a profiled world’, 16-17 January 2009, Brussels

Invited panellist: 2nd Workshop "Privacy and Trust in the Ubiquitous Information Society" organised by DG Information Society and the Media, 17 November 2008, Brussels

Invited participant: STORK Workshop, Electronic Identity: easy access to public services across the EU organised by STORK, 8th October 2008, Madrid

Participant: Expert Workshopon Socio-Economic and Legal Aspects of Search Engines, 29-30 September 2008, organised by EC JRC IPTS, 22 February 2008, Sevilla

Invited participant: Think-Trust Workshop organised by Think-Trust on behalf of DG Information Society and the Media, 9-10 September 2008, Paris

Presenter : First International Workshop on Identity in the Information Society, 28-30 May 2008, Arona, Italy

Organiser: Expert Workshop on the Methodology for Conducting a Survey on needs and requirements on future electronic identification (eID) services, organised by EC JRC IPTS, 17-18 April 2008, Seville

Participant: Expert Workshop on the Socio-Economic Impact of Social Computing (SC): validation and policy options workshop, organised by EC JRC IPTS, 26-27 February 2008, Sevilla

Organiser: Charting the legal aspects of eID: current regulatory framework and pitfalls, organised by EC JRC IPTS, 22 February 2008, Sevilla

Invited paper: OII Digital Parliaments Workshop, 14-15 June 2007, University of Oxford
powerpoint presentation
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Presenter: ICA Conference 2007, 24-28 May 2007, San Francisco
powerpoint presentation
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Invited panelist: Book launch of The Internet & Politics: assessing the claims and reviewing the evidence, 14 May 2007, Stanhope Centre, City University, London

Invited lecture: Seminar La Comunicazione della politica, 16 April 2007, IULM Milan
powerpoint presentation [in italian]

Invited expert: Expert Workshop on Future scenarios of Government in 2020 and emerging ICT research challenges, 13-14 November 2006, JRC IPTS Seville

Speaker: Symposium - The Social Impact of Nanotechnology, 31 July - 4 August 2006, Australian National University
powerpoint presentation

Speaker: Italian Elections Conference. An analysis of election results and their systemic consequences, 15-16 June 2006, University of Pisa
powerpoint presentation: the realignment of the Italian media system at the 2006 general election [english / italian]

Presenter: Strumenti della democrazia Conference 25 November, University of Bologna
download paper: e-democracy [italian]

Speaker: Conference - Poverty: malaise of development?, 21-23 November, Chester
download powerpoint presentation: new media and poverty relief

Panel co-chair : e-Democracy '05 Conference, November, London
download powerpoint introduction
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Invited expert: Parties and and Election Campaigning Online - International Workshop, 20-21 October, Oxford
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Invited panellist: Re:activism Conference, October, Budapest – (New media and elections)

Departmental Talk: University of Chester Open day, October 2005, Chester
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Presenter:3rd ECPR Annual Conference, 8 - 11 September 2005, Budapest
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Co-presenter: Spinning the Web Report launch event, June, London
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Delegate:First International Conference on e-Social Science, 24-25 June, Manchester

Invited presentation: Department of Politics seminar, 17 April 2005, Glasgow University
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Presentation: Political Studies Association 2005 Conference, 5-7 April 2005, Leeds
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Presentation: MMU Politics Research Seminar 9 March 2005, Manchester
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Presentation: London School of Economics MC500 Seminar, 3 March 2005, London
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Delegate: National Centre for e-Social Science Workshop, 19 November 2004, Manchester

Presenter: e-Society 2004 Conference, 11-12 November 2004, London
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Chair, Presenter: Association of Internet Researchers 2004 Conference, 19-22 September 2004, University of Sussex
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Presenter: American Political Science Association 2004 Annual Conference, 31 August – 4 September 2004, Chicago
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Invited lecture: Seminar @ Victoria Parliament, August 2004, Melbourne

Seminar presentation: Australian National University ACSR Seminar, July 2004
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Invited lecture: Workshop @ Queensland Parliament, July 14 2004, Brisbane
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Delegate: e-Society 2004 Workshop, April 29 2004, Loughborough
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Presenter and discussant: Political Studies Association 2004 Conference, 6-8 April 2004, Lincoln
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Workshop: Internet and Elections 2004, Singapore March - Delegate

Conference: Democracy & Participation Conference 2003, London, September - Presenter
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Presenter and discussant: American Political Science Association 2003 Annual Conference, 28-31 August 2003, Philadelphia
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Presenter and discussant: European Consortium for Political Research 2003 Joint Sessions, 28 March-3 April 2003, Edinburgh
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Co-organiser, member of the Scientific Committee: EMTEL High Level Scientific Conference, April 23-26 2003, London
conference programme and papers

Presenter: American Political Science Association 2002 Annual Conference, Boston, August
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Presenter: EURICOM 2002 Conference, October 2002

Presenter: Political Studies Association 2002 Conference, 4-7 April 2002, Aberdeen
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Presenter: PSA/BSA Media Groups' Conference on Media and Democracy, September 2001, Loughborough

Presenter: British Film Institute Biannual Conference 2001, July 2001, London


Professional service

Member of

  • Political Studies Association (PSA), 1999-
  • American political Science Association (APSA), 1999-
    Outreach activity for Information Technology and Politics section
  • Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), 2000-

Editorial Board

Reviewer for

  • Scandinavian Journal of Political Science, 2006-
  • Science, Technology and Human values, 2004-
  • New Media and Society, 2004–
  • AoIR Conference, 2004-2005-2006
  • Information Polity, 2006-
  • Routledge, 2005-

English-Italian translation for the Istituto Cattaneo, Bologna (2005, 'Politics in Italy', London: Berghahn Books – 'Politica in Italia', Bologna: Il Mulino).


Languages [natural and otherwise]

Italian: Mother tongue
Spanish: Good
French: Read

Good command of SPSS 13, use of STATA, use of ATLAS-ti and other CAQDAS software

Knowledge of HTML 4.0, designer and webmaster of various academic and research websites: