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:

  • Lesage, F., & Lusoli, A. (2021). Weaving Mediation and Embodiment: The Media Ethnographer as Figurations of Mediation. International Journal Of Communication, 15, 18.
  • Lusoli, A., & Turner, F. (2021). “It’s an Ongoing Bromance”: Counterculture and Cyberculture in Silicon Valley—An Interview with Fred Turner. Journal of Management Inquiry, 30(2), 235–242. https://doi.org/10.1177/1056492620941075.
  • Chow-White, P., Al-Rawi, A., Lusoli, A., & Phan, V. T. A. (2021). Social Construction of Blockchain on Social Media: Framing Public Discourses on Twitter. Journal of Communication Technology, 4(2), 1–31. https://doi.org/10.51548/joctec-2021-008
    • Full open access paper available here.
  • Lusoli, A. (2020). Teaching business as business: The role of the case method in the constitution of management as a science-based profession. Journal of Management History, 26(2), 277–290. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMH-06-2019-0042
  • Chow-White, P., Lusoli, A., Phan, V. T. A., & Green, S. E. (2020). ‘Blockchain Good, Bitcoin Bad’: The Social Construction of Blockchain in Mainstream and Specialized Media. Journal of Digital Social Research, 2(2), 1-27. https://doi.org/10.33621/jdsr.v2i2.34
  • Chow-White, P., Struve, S., Lusoli, A., Lesage, F., Saraf, N., & Oldring, A. (2018). ‘Warren Buffet is my cousin’: shaping public understanding of big data biotechnology, direct-to-consumer genomics, and 23andMe on Twitter. Information, Communication & Society, 21(3), 448–464. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2017.1285951
  • Lusoli, A., & Sardo, S. (2017). Build it and They will Come: Analysis of an Online Deliberation Initiative. PlaNext – next Generation Planning, 4, 41–57. https://doi.org/10.24306/plnxt.2017.04.004

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:

  • Design Thinking and Digital Media Production
    July 2021, IAMCR Nairobi 2021, Virtual Conference.
  • Occupational Communities and the Democratization of Startup Labor
    Feb. 25 2021, IV ISA Forum of Sociology, Porto Alegre + Virtual. Slides.
  • Figurations of Mediation: Social Movements, Collective Actions and Social Change in the Media Manifold
    Feb. 25 2021, IV ISA Forum of Sociology, Porto Alegre + Virtual. Slides.
  • ‘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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