British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science
BA/MA, University of Bologna
Iginio Gagliardone is a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. His research and publications focus on the role of the media in political change, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the adaptation of international norms of freedom of expression in authoritarian regimes. His current research, developed in collaboration with the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP), explores the role of emerging powers such as China in promoting alternative conceptions of the Internet in Africa. It analyses in particular whether and how the ideas of state stability, development and community that characterize the Chinese model are influencing and legitimizing the development of a different conception of the information society. Iginio completed his PhD at the LSE investigating the relationship between Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and nation building in Ethiopia. He is also a Research Associate at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge and at 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, 2013)
Gagliardone, I., New media control and capture in Ethiopia: A media system for developmental states? Under review for African Affairs.
Gagliardone, I., Technopolitics and development: Appropriating ICTs for state and nation building in Ethiopia. Under review for Information Technologies & International Development.
Articles, working papers, and book chapters:
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.