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Along with being part of the department of sociology, I am a member of the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis, where I organise the weekly seminar series. I teach introductory and advance workshops in social network analysis and egonetworks, and on mixed methods in SNA. Before arriving in Manchester in 2008, I worked as research fellow at University of Turin and University of Bozen, Italy. I completed my Ph.D in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research in 2006 at Catholic University of Milan.

Research interests

I study social networks and how they shape and are shaped by our social environment. Topics I commonly investigate are gender, science, criminal networks, personal relationships, mixed methods. Previously I also studied consumption, and I am developing an interest in health networks. 
I believe that by looking at social networks, at whom we interact with and how these relationship influence us, we can better understand how societies work and cultures emerge. I adopt the stance of relational sociology and I am interested in how it merges with other mainstream sociological theories. I strongly advocate the use of a variety of qualitative and quantitative tools that can be mixed to adjust the lenses through which we observe and explain the social world.


Phd supervision and research collaborations

I am interested in supervising Phd students and establish research collaborations on applications of social network analysis in substantive sociological fields. I supervise  students in theoretical and methodological aspects of social networks, and in various areas of social network research including personal relationships, community studies, sociology of science, sociology of consumption, sociology of health, intra and interorganizational networks. I am particularly interested in mixed methods, and how to merge social network analysis with either quantitative or qualitative methods.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Science, Phd in Sociology and Methodology for social research, Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore

Award Date: 1 Mar 2006

Bachelor of Literature or Bachelor of Letters, Master degree in Italian language and literature, Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore

Award Date: 1 Oct 2001

Areas of expertise

  • HM Sociology
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Mixed methods
  • Sociology of Science

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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