British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
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
- International communication
- ICTs for development
- New media and public participation
- Freedom of expression
- Politics of technology
- Media and peace-building
- Media and governance in Sub-Saharan Africa
- China-Africa relations
Affiliations and previous positions
- Centre of Governance and Human Rights, University of Cambridge – Research Associate
- Centre for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania and Stanhope Centre for Communication Policy Research – Research Associate
- United Nations Educational Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Addis Ababa – Project officer
- Rotary Foundation, Ambassadorial Scholar (2007-2008)
- Università Statale di Milano, Doctoral Research Award (2008)
- London School of Economics and Political Science, PhD Scholarship (2006-2010)
- United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs, UNDESA Fellowship (2005)
Gagliardone, I. and Stremlau, N., The politics of communication in Africa (Forthcoming, 2014)
Articles, working papers, and book chapters:
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, 2014).
Gagliardone, I. Transnational Political Communication, in Mazzoleni, G. (Ed.) The International Encyclopaedia of Political Communication. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell (Forthcoming, 2014).
Gagliardone, I., “A country in order”: Technopolitics, nation building, and the development of ICT in Ethiopia. Information Technologies & International Development, vol. 10, no.1, 2014.
Gagliardone, I., New media and the developmental state in Ethiopia. African Affairs, vol. 113, no. 450, 2014.
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., China as a persuader: CCTV Africa’s first steps in the African mediasphere. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, vol. 34, no.3, 2013
Gagliardone, I., Stremlau, N. and Nkrumah, D., Partner, Prototype or Persuader? China’s new media engagement with Ghana. Communication, Politics & Culture, vol 45, no. 2, 2012
Gagliardone, I. and Stremlau, N., Digital Media, Conflict and Diasporas in the Horn of Africa, in Dragomir, M. and Thompson, M. (2012) Mapping Digital Media. London: Open Society Institute, 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, no. 168, 2010.
Gagliardone, I., The socialization of ICTs in Ethiopia: Reshaping technology for nation building. Journal of Socio Technology and Knowledge Development, vol. 1, no. 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, no. 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, no.1, 2005.
Gagliardone, I., Tecnologia e società, in Nardi, J. and Padovani, C. (Eds.) Diritto a Comunicare e Accesso ai Saperi. Modena, Yema 2004.Gagliardone, I., Possiamo ridare vita alle macchine? Comunicazione Pubblica, no. 85, 2004.
Gagliardone, I. and Geraci, M., Come collegare le tecnologie al territorio. Inchiesta, n. 144, 2004.