Leopoldina Fortunati#

Leopoldina Fortunati
Membership Number:4332
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:ITALY

Present and Previous Positions

  • Professor of Sociology of Communication and Culture, University of Udine
  • Director of the Research Laboratory for the New Media, NuMe (nume.uniud.it)
  • 2012-2016 Director of the PhD Programma in Multimedia Communication
  • In 2010 appointed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Udine as her representative for academic relations with China and countries of South East Asia.
  • From 2009 to 2011 Chair of the Degree Course in Multimedia Sciences and Technologies.
  • 2005 - Associate professor in Sociology of Culture and Communication at the Faculty of Education of the University of Udine.
  • 2002 - Researcher at the Faculty of Education of the University of Udine.
  • 1994 - 2002 Adjunct Professor at the University of Trieste, Udine and Venice.

Fields of Scholarship
  • Gender studies
  • Cultural processes
  • Communication and information technologies
  • Mobile media
  • Social robotics
  • Mass communication
  • Journalism studies

Honours and Awards
  • 2001 - Outstanding Research Award from Rutgers University
  • From 2002 until 2014, Italian representative in the Technical Committee of Social Sciences and then in the COST Domain Committee (ISCH, Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health)
  • Co-chair of the International Association "The Society for the Social Study of Mobile Communication" (SSSMC)
  • Over the past 10 years, Italian representative in 5 COST Actions: 1) COST 248 "The Future European Telecommunications User"; 2) COST 269 "User Aspects of ICTs" (I was the vice-chairperson); 3) COST A20 "The Impact of Internet on the Mass Media in Europe"; 4) COST 298 “Participation in the Broadband Society” (I was the chair of a working group); COST FP 1104 “New Possibilities for Print Media and Packaging- combining digital with print” (this is currently running)
  • Rapporteur and chair of the evaluation committee of the COST Action A17 “Small and medium enterprises, economic development and regional convergence in Europe”; COST A30, entitled ‘East of West: Setting a New Central and Eastern Media Research Agenda”; of COST IS0901 “Women Writers in History: Toward a New Understanding of European Literary Culture” and of COST IS0906 “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies”
  • Associate editor of the journal The Information Society
  • For 15 years , in the advisory board of the journal New Media and Society
  • In the Advisory Board of the journals European Journal of Futures Research and Mobile media and communication
  • Since 2013, co-editor with Richard Ling and Gerard Goggin of the series Studies in Mobile Communication at the Oxford University Press.
  • Since 2009, first editor of a peer-review series “Participation in the Broadband Society” (Peter Lang, Berlin)

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