1997: Laurea cum laude in
Sociology, Faculty of Sociology, University of Trento, major in
Economic sociology, dissertation on “Polesine local development:
industrialization without autonomy?”.
2002: Phd in Sociology and social research, University of
Trento, dissertation on “Consumption and daily life in the age of
Other educational activities:
1994: one week course “La metodologia CATI nelle scienze
sociali”, Università di Trento.
1996: one week course “La ricerca quantitativa nelle scienze
sociali”, Università di Trento.
1996: 2 months course “La ricerca qualitativa nelle scienze
sociali”, Università di Trento.
1998: Master post laurea “Esperto in comunicazione e new media”,
Fondazione CUOA –Altavilla Vicentina (VI).
1999: Summer school in “Social science data analysis”
(logistic regression and latent analysis courses), University of
(4-10 February): Winter School “Fundamentals and methods for impact
evaluation of public policies”, IRVAPP – Istituto per la ricerca
valutativa sulle politiche pubbliche, Trento, – http://irvapp.fbk.eu/it - Impact
analysis fundamentals; Counterfactual analysis
2012 (13-17 August): Summer School “Internet privacy and
identity, trust and reputation mechanisms”, University of Oxford,
2014 (14-19 July): Summer School “From smart cities to engaged citizens”, University of Volos, Greece.
- May 2002 – June 2004: Fellowship in Sociology, Faculty of
Humanities, University of Bologna. Research title “Internet and
daily life: individualism or new forms of social networks? Concepts
of community, time and consumption in the age of the
- July 2004 - April 2005: Fellowship in Political and social
sciences, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bologna.
Research title “Social capital and the Internet”.
- April 2005 - October 2012: Assistant professor, Department of
Communication, University of Bologna.
- October 2012 - October 2014: Assistant professor, Political and
Social sciences department, University of Bologna.
- October 2014 - present: Associate professor, Political and Social sciences department, University of Bologna.
- Information society; Digital divide; Digital inequalities;
- Complementary currencies; Systems of mutual credit; Social meaning of money;
- Economic sociology; Social capital and local development;
- Sociology of disasters;
- Smart cities and Urban transformations;
- Open data and Open government;
- Political sociology; New forms of political participation;
- Platforms for e-participation; Processes of e-deliberation and e-consultation;
- E-inclusion; Social implications of the Internet in daily life;
- Social and political implications of Internet of Things (IoT).
Sociology; Society and Economics; Information society; Organizational sociology; Social change; Sociology of
new media; Methodology for social research.
- August 2000 - July 2001: Visiting scholar at COI (Center on
Organizational Innovation) – director Professor David Stark and
ISERP (Institute for Social and Economic Research Policies),
Department of Sociology, Columbia University, New York. http://www.coi.columbia.edu/.
- April 2007 – September 2007: Visiting professor (Marco Polo
fellowship) at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3),
Universidad Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain http://in3.uoc.edu
- April 2010 - May 2010: Visiting professor at Stanford
University, Sociology Dept., Usa.
- May 2010 - June 2010: Visiting professor at Washington
University, Communication Dept., Usa, Global Universities Program
- December 2013 - January 2014: Visiting professor at London
School of Economics (LSE), London, Uk, EINS Mobility Grant.
11-13 June 2008, Expert consultant at the Eris@ Annual
Conference 2008, "Opportunities and Rewards for Regional
Development through ICT: New Paradigms – New Challenges", Cardiff,
5-8 September 2008, Invited paper at the First International
Sociological Association Forum on Sociology, Barcelona, ES, http://www.isa-sociology.org/barcelona_2008/
4-6 February 2009, Bridge-IT Kick off meeting, European Project
on Migrants and Ict, Bridge-it Network, Universidad de Barcelona,
30 June 2009, Workshop “Study on the social impact of Ict”,
Smart Project 2007/0068, Invited evaluator, Brussels.
30 October 2009, Migrants, Ict and Labour market, Bridge-it
Network's seminars, University of Florence, Italy.
29 June -4 July 2010, Presenting a research paper with Paolo
Parigi on Italian legislative process in the 70's, at Lago di
Garda, Italy, International Sunbelt Social Network Conference
17 January 2011, Laboratorio Urbano, “Progettare la città
digitale”, Invited talk “Dal digital divide alla città digitale”,
Università di Bologna.
20-21 July 2011, Fifth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and
Social Media, Barcelona.
10-12 November 2011, Italian Internet Governance Forum (IGF),
Invited talk “Political participation in the Internet era”,
25 May 2012, Invited talk “Open data for better government”,
Province of Rome, Rome.
18-22 October 2012, Italian Governance Forum (IGF), Invited talk
“New digital divides at the European level”, Torino.
20 November 2012, A validation workshop DIGCOMP: descriptors of
Digital Competence, Ipts, Seville.
4 December 2012, Internet, Trust, Reputation, Identity and
Privacy', TRIP Workshop, Under the Eins network of excellence,
16-18 January 2013, II EINS Plenary Meeting, Thessaloniki,
10-11 April 2013, International conference on Internet Science,
Royal Flemish Academy of
Belgium for Science and the Arts , Brussels. Presentation with
Paolo Dini (LSE) of a Peer reviewed paper “Science as Social
Construction. A Dialogue between Two Internet Scientists on the
Inter-Epistemological Structure of Internet Science, Part 1.
1 May 2013: “A two cultures dialogue”, Eins workshop on Internet
science and web science synergies, Palais des Congres, Paris,
23 May 2013: “Digital Agenda and gender divide: where is the
link?”, WISE Forum meeting Europe Conversation's series - http://www.comune.bologna.it/europedirect/
28 May 2013: “How to liberate women's resources for innovation”,
Forum PA, Palazzo dei Congressi, Roma, http://portal.forumpa.it/
9 July 2013: Invitation to the “Online Manifesto”
Discussion, European Commision, DG INSFO, Brussels, http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/onlife-initiative
4-7 September 2013: ECPR Bordeaux General Conference,
accepted paper: "Online and offline activists: are there more
similarities tha differences? Some empirical evidences from the
Italian context" in the Panel "Offline and Online Political
participation: comparing forms and logics".
12-14 September 2013: SISP General Conference, Florence,
accepted paper "Né tempo né voglia? La partecipazione politica
delle donne tra condizionamenti strutturali e culturali" in the
Panel "Genere e partecipazione", Section 6 "Partecipazione e
10-14 September 2014 (with Paolo Dini), From an idea to a scalable
working model: merging economic benefits with social values in
Sardex, Conference paper,http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/59406/,
Winir Inaugural Conference www.winir.org (World
Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research)
4-5 December 2014, with Marco Prandini, Why electronic
voting?, CedemASIA, Hong Kong, Conference Proceedings,
10-12 December 2014, with Marco Prandini, Research directions in
E-voting, Peer reviewed accepted short paper at 5th Internet
Technologies & Society 2014 Conference (ITS 2014), http://www.its-conf.org.
26 February 2015, Rethinking the role of SSH in Horizon2020,
International Workshop, EU-persperctive, organized by the
University of Bologna, Bruxells,
27-30 March 2015, Sociological insights for complementary
currencies, ETH, Zurich, COMPARE Symposium for
27-29 May 2015, Internet Science International Conference, TPC
Chair, Bruxelles, http://internetscienceconference.eu/
2-4 July 2015, Sardex, from parallel currency to institution: a
micro-macro case study, SASE Annual conference, LSE, London,
19-20 May 2016, Societies in Transition. Social and Solidarity Economy, the Commons, Public Action and Livelihood, EMES Network, Paris.
7-9 July 2016; EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies). Conference Paper ‘Sardex, a Complementary Currency that Shapes a New Financial Space’, SubTheme ‘Organizing in the Shadow of Financial Power’, General Theme ‘Organizing in the Shadow of Power’, University of Naples, www.egosnet.org
5-7 September 2016, ISIRC (Interdisciplinary Social Innovation Research Conference), Conference Paper ‘Self-Funded Social Impact Investment: An Interdisciplinary Analisys of the Sardex Mutual Credit System, with Paolo Dini (LSE) and Wallis Motta (LSE), Glasgow, Uk, www.isircconference2016.com
12-14 September 2016, 3rd Internet Science International Conference. Conference Paper ‘Public Transportation, IoT, Trust and Urban Habits’, General Theme ‘Openness, Collaboration and Collective Action’, University of Florence, http://insci2016.complexworld.net
2017 2-4 February Panel Discussant, ‘Usi e abusi del femminismo’ coordinato da Sveva Magaraggia (UNIMIB), VII Congresso della Società Italiana delle Storiche, Pisa.
2017 10-14 May, Paper presentation ‘Sardex, a complementary currency that shapes a new financial space through trust and coordination’, IV International Conference on Social and Complementary Currencies: Money, Consciousness and Values for Social Change, Universidad Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona.
2017 23 May, ‘Innovation, social innovation and digital social innovation: what is new?’, at Digital Social Innovation Manifesto – CAPSSI, Rimini, Italy, https://www.dsimanifesto.eu/workshop/agenda
2017 2-4 November, Paper presentation ‘The social roots of the gender gap in political participation’, International conference on ‘Trends in inequality: social, economic and political issues’, Fondazione Istituto Cattaneo, Bologna, with Dario Tuorto and Rossella Ghigi (Unibo).
Affiliations and ongoing research
2014-2016: Expert Sociologist in the funded Project on 2012 Emilia Earthquake, 'Energie. Studiare il terremoto per ricostruire meglio', coordinated by the Dipartimento di Economia, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, www.energie.unimore.it .
2014-2015: Eu funded project COMPARE (Interdisciplinary explorations of self-organization in practice: the case of complementary currencies).
2012 - 2015: EINS (Emerging Internet Science) Partner in the Network of Excellence ; Co-leader for JRA8 - Internet for Sustainability.
2013 - 2014: Reviewer For Eu Project on Healthy Ageing SEACW - www.seacw.org
2013: Invited Expert for the launch of "Onlife Manifesto" - DG CNECT Brussels
2012: Invited Expert for "DIGICOMP" - A framework for measuring digital competences - IPTS Seville.