Hi, nice to meet you…

…Alberto here, I am PhD candidate Simon Fraser University, School of Communication. As you might have already read on these pages, in my research project Labora I am investigating the discourse and the praxes of the startup economy. As a first time ethnographer, I spent nearly two years observing and interviewing the people working in Vancouver’s digital and new media industries.

Throughout my PhD journey, I also worked as Research Assistant at SFU’s GenaLab, where I conducted research on social media’s role in the formation of public opinion about emerging technologies (Direct to consumer genetic tests and blockchain).

Since 2018, I am the editor in chief of Stream, SFU School of Communication graduate journal.

Prior to starting my PhD, I was a Research Fellow at the European Centre for Living Technology at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. There, I was involved in two European projects on innovation and sustainability: Insite and Emergence by Design.

What follows is a list of my academic contributions.

Peer-reviewed papers:

Book reviews:

  • Lusoli, A. (2020). The platform economy. How Japan transformed the consumer internet. Information, Communication & Society, 23(1), 155–156. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2019.1668041

Free & open source software:

Conference presentations:

  • ‘Blockchain Is Out of Beta’: The Social Construction of Blockchain in Mainstream and Specialized Media
    May 20-26 2020, 70th Annual International Communication Association Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, Virtual Conference. Video Presentation.
  • From Praxis to Knowledge: A Retrospective on the Diffusion of the Case Method Pedagogy in Business Education
    May 20-26 2020, 70th Annual International Communication Association Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, Virtual Conference. Video presentation
  • “Talking about business: The role of occupational communities in the democratization of labour in startup companies”
    September 2019, Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA. Video presentation.
  • “The role of occupational communities in Vancouver’s digital media industry”
    June 2019, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) 2019 Congress, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Slides
  • Poster presentation: “Ethnography of/in/through digital platforms: opportunities and challenges”
    May 2019, 69th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Washington, DC, USA
  • “Teaching Business as Business: the role of Harvard’s Case Method in the Construction of the Modern Manager”
    July 2018, XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • “The Role of Occupational Communities in the Democratization of Labour in Startup Companies. a Data-Driven Ethnographic Approach”
    July 2018, XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • “Understanding labor in startup ventures: a data-driven ethnographic approach”
    Feb 26th 2018, Work in the 21st Century: Innovations in Research, Vancouver, BC. Canada. Slides
  • “The social shaping of DTC genetic testing. Sentiment analysis of 23andMe on Twitter”
    May 27th 2017, International Communication Association. 67th Annual Conference, San Diego, USA. Slides
  • “Innovation in Civic Engagement: Analysis of and e-deliberation project”
    Aug. 5th 2015, Connectados por la Paz, Bogota, Colombia. Slides
  • “Contextualizing Technology: a Study on Emerging Functionalities in Digital Artifacts”
    May 5th 2015, Mediacity 5, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK.
  • “ICT and emerging functionalities: analysis of an e-deliberation experiment”
    June 2014, 5th, Conference of the Italian Society of Science and Technology Studies, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. Slides
  • “E-deliberation in Cesena: a very serious game”
    April 2014, Narrations and communities: building communities for making citizenship, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy. Slides
  • “Fostering sustainability through civic engagement”.
    October 2013, Games, Science & Society, International Institute Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria. Slides
  • “Games and Gamification”
    March 2013, Visions in Global Systems Science: Narratives as a Communication Tool for Scientists, DG CONNECT, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium. Slides
  • “Videogames, a new kind of narrative”
    October 2012, Envisioning a Socially Sustainable Future: Models, Narratives, Art, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy. Slides

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