Iginio Gagliardone

Research Fellow

Iginio Gagliardone





PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science

BA/MA, University of Bologna


Iginio Gagliardone is Research Fellow in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and a member of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP). His research and publications focus on media and political change, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, and on the emergence of distinctive models of the information society worldwide. He is leading numerous research projects, from examining the role of Information and Communication Technologies in peace-building and state-building in Eastern Africa, to understanding the increasing role of emerging powers such as China in the media and telecommunication sectors in Africa, to analysing the nature and significance of hate speech online ahead of elections. He completed his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science, investigating the relationship between development and destabilization in Ethiopia. He is also Research Associate of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge and of the Centre for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania.


Core research and teaching interests


Affiliations and previous positions




Selected publications

Forthcoming Books:


Gagliardone, I. China and the African Media. New Perspectives of Engagement. (Forthcoming, 2016)

Gagliardone, I. Technology Has politics. Information and Communication Technologies and Development in Ethiopia.  (Forthcoming, 2015)


Articles, working papers, and book chapters:


Gagliardone, I. UNESCO Internet Study: Hate Speech Online. (Forthcoming, 2015)

Gagliardone, I. and Stremlau, N., Media, Conflict and Democratization in Africa, in Zielonka, J. (Ed.) Media and Politics in new democracies. Oxford: Oxford University Press (Forthcoming, 2015).

Stremlau, N., Gagliardone, I. and Fantini, E. Somalia Calls. Radio Stations, Mobile Phones, and the Construction of Authority in the Somali Media. (Forthcoming, 2015)

Gagliardone, I. “Can you hear me?” Mobile-Radio Interactions and Governance in Africa. New Media and Society (Forthcoming, 2015).

Gagliardone, I. Transnational Political Communication, in Mazzoleni, G. (Ed.) The International Encyclopaedia of Political Communication. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell (Forthcoming, 2015).

Gagliardone, I. Media Development with Chinese Characteristics. Global Media Journal, vol. 4, n.2.

Gagliardone, I. Cyber Incitement Via Social Media. UNESCO Working Paper, Paris and Tunis, 2014.

Gagliardone, I. Mapping and Analysing Hate Speech Online: Opportunities and Challenges for Ethiopia. Report published by the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP), University of Oxford. Oxford, 2014.

Gagliardone, I., New Media and the Developmental State in Ethiopia. African Affairs, vol. 113, n. 451, 2014.

Gagliardone, I., “A Country in Order”: Technopolitics, Nation Building and the Development of ICTs in Ethiopia. Information Technologies & International Development, vol. 9, n. 4, 2014.

Gagliardone, I. China as a Persuader:  CCTV Africa’s First Steps in the African Mediasphere. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, vol. 34, n. 2, 2013.

Gagliardone I. China and the African Internet: Perspectives from Kenya and Ethiopia. Index Communication, Special Issue on “New African Communication”, vol. 3, n. 2, 2013.

Gagliardone, I., Stremlau, N. and Nkrumah, D., Partner, Prototype or Persuader? China’s new media engagement with Ghana. Communication, Politics & Culture, vol. 45, n. 2, 2012.

Gagliardone, I. and Stremlau, N., Digital Media, Conflict and Diasporas in the Horn of Africa, in Dragomir, M. and Thompson, M. (Eds.) Mapping Digital Media. London: Open Society Institute, 2012.

Allen, K. and Gagliardone, I., Kenya. Case Study Snapshot of Donor Support to ICTs and Media. Report published by Internews and the World Bank Institute. Washington DC, 2012.

Gagliardone, I., Srinivasan, S. and Brisset-Foucault, F., New Communication Technologies and Citizen-led Governance in Africa. Discussion paper published by the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR), University of Cambridge. Cambridge, 2011.

Gagliardone, I., The Technopolitics of the Ethiopian Nation, in Coakes, E. (Ed.) Knowledge Development and Social Change Through Technology. Hershey: IGI Global, 2011.

Gagliardone, I., From Mapping Information Ecologies to Evaluating Media Interventions: An Expert Survey on Evaluating Media Interventions in Conflict Countries. Report published by United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Washington DC, 2010. 

Gagliardone, I., Stremlau, N. and Repnikova, M., China in Africa: A New Approach to Media Development? Report published by the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP), University of Oxford. Oxford, 2010.

Gagliardone, I., La Cina in Africa: Media e Telecomunicazioni. Inchiesta, n. 168, 2010.

Gagliardone, I., The socialization of ICTs in Ethiopia: Reshaping Technology for Nation Building. Journal of Socio- Technology and Knowledge Development, vol. 1, n. 4, 2009.

Gagliardone, I. and Stremlau, N., Public Opinion Research in a Conflict Zone: Grassroots Diplomacy in Darfur. International Journal of Communication, vol. 2, 2008.

Gagliardone, I., Virtual Enclaves or Global Networks? The Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Development Cooperation. Psychnology Journal, vol. 3, n. 3, 2005.

Gagliardone, I. and Geraci, M., La Scatola Nera e il Mantello di Arlecchino. Autonomie Culturali nelle Reti Globali. Studi culturali, vol. 1, no. 2, 2004.

Gagliardone, I., Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning and Its Prospects for Gender Equity in Classrooms. UNESCO AICT Education, vol. 7, n.1, 2005.

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