Principal Investigators:

s200_cristian.vaccariCristian Vaccari is Reader in Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London and Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Bologna. He studies political communication in comparative perspective. His latest book is Digital Politics in Western Democracies: A Comparative Study (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). He tweets as @25lettori. Download Cristian’s CV.

mainLorenzo Mosca is Associate Professor at the Institute of Human and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore. Previously, he has been an assistant professor at the University of Roma Tre He has taught in American Universities in Florence and Parma. His research interests focus on political participation and social movements, political communication, and online politics. On these topics he has published extensively in international journals, edited books and books.

Italy_GiovannaMascheroniGiovanna Mascheroni, PhD in Sociology, is a Lecturer in Sociology of Communication and Culture in the Department of Sociology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. She is the project director of Net Children Go Mobile and the national contact of the EU Kids Online network. She is a senior researcher at OssCom, a research centre on media and communication based at Università Cattolica. Her research interests are devoted to: young people and the internet, use of social networking sites, online participation, digital literacy and citizenship.

Bologna Unit:
5893704596_ca146796c7_b Augusto Valeriani,
PhD in Media and Public Sphere, is assistant professor at Università di Bologna where he lectures in Media and International Politics. He is also Fellow of the Center for Global Communication Studies at Annenberg (Upenn) and of the Arab Media Centre at University of Westminster. Augusto has published articles  and monographs on mass media and international politics, journalistic culture, digital media and social movements.

Claudius 8Claudius Wagemann is full professor of social science methods in the political science institute of the Goethe University Frankfurt. Before, he worked at the European University Institute, the doctoral program of the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM) and at New York University Florence. He has published on methodology, above all Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Fuzzy Sets; on Private Interest Governance; on Right Wing Extremism; and on Political Parties. His recent research interests also extend to questions of the Quality of Democracy and  the future of trade unions in changing environments.


Stefano Rizzi, Ph.D. in Computer Science, is Full Professor at the University of Bologna, where he is the head of the Data Warehousing Laboratory and teaches Business Intelligence and Software Engineering. He has published mainly in the fields of data warehousing, business intelligence, and pattern recognition, and in 2009 he co-authored the book Data Warehouse Design: Modern Principles and Methodologies. He is member of the steering committee of DOLAP and ER. His current research interests include data warehouse design and business intelligence, in particular multidimensional modeling, OLAP preferences, and collaborative business intelligence.

FotoMatteo2Matteo Golfarelli (Ph.D) is Associate Professor at the University of Bologna teaching Information Systems, Database Systems and Data Mining. He has published over 80 papers in refereed journals and international conferences in the fields of pattern recognition, mobile robotics, multi-agent systems, and business intelligence that is his main research field. His researches in this area covered most of the design issues related to Data Warehouse systems. In particular, he proposed a complete design methodology hinging on a graphical conceptual model, called Dimensional Fact Model. He is co-author of the book Data Warehouse Design: Modern Principles and Methodologies. His current research interests include Social BI and Data Mining applied to Data Warehousing Systems.


Enrico Gallinucci is a PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Bologna. His research interests mainly focus on data-warehouse design and collaborative business intelligence, OLAP preferences and semantic web.


Matteo FranciaMatteo Francia is a researcher at University of Bologna and a tech passionate. His research interest and activities are mainly focused on Social Business Intelligence, Sentiment Analysis, Text Analytics, Social Intelligence, Database Design, unstructured and semistructured data extraction and integration.


Roma Unit:

22122011202Sveva Magaraggia, PhD in Applied Sociology and Research Methods (University of Milan-Bicocca), is Lecturer at the University of Roma3. In 2012 she was awarded with the “Endeavour Research Fellowship” (Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations), and conducted research on gender relations and parenthood in Sydney. From 2008 to 2012 she was post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milan-Bicocca. The themes that characterize her research relate to areas of Sociology of Culture, with a particular focus on Social Theory of Gender, Youth Condition and Social Movements.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAEdoardo Novelli is Assistant Professor at the University of Rome Roma Tre, where he teaches Political Communication and Media Sociology. His research interests focus on political communication, history of propaganda, electoral campaigns and more in general on the relationship between politics, media and images. On these topics he has published books, journal articles and Tv programs. He is the responsible of the digital archive of Italian political commercials:

Photo webMario Quaranta obtained a PhD in Political Science in 2013 from the ‘Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane’ (now ‘Scuola Normale Superiore’) in Florence, and is currently a Post­doctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at LUISS ‘Guido Carli’ in Rome. He is also a member of the International Center for Democracy and Democratization at the same University. He was a Visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Democracy of the University of California, Irvine. He has published articles on a variety of journals on topics concerning political participation, public opinion, and democracy.

Milano Unit:

MariaFrancescaMurruMaria Francesca Murru PhD, is a Post-Doctoral researcher at Catholic University of Milan, Political Science Faculty. She is currently working as a researcher at OssCom, an academic research centre for media and communication. She teaches “Media Analysis” at  the Inter-Faculty of Sociology/Economy/Humanities, Catholic University of Milan and she is teaching assistant at the course of “Media and Politics” at the Faculty of Political Science in the same university. Her research fields include civic participation in online public spheres, social shaping of media technologies and quality provisions for children’s media.

fotoFabio Introini is Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. and researcher at ARC (Centre for the anthropology of religion and cultural change). His research activities and publications deal with theoretical and epistemological issues in social sciences, with a particular focus on “complexity theory”. These theoretical tools are then emplyed in the following empirical areas: globalisation, transational civil society, Europeisation, media and communications, younger generations.

foto-1Martino Mazzoleni is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science of the Catholic University of Milan, where he teaches Political Parties. He has published on parties and regionalization in Italy and Europe.