June 21 to July 2, 2021 | University of Bologna | Virtual event



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Filippo Andreatta
Filippo Andreatta teaches International Politics and Strategic Studies at the University of Bologna, where he is currently chair of the Department of Political and Social Science.
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Giampiero Giacomello
Giampiero Giacomello is Associate Professor of Political Science. His research interests include strategic theory (mostly Clausewitz), cybersecurity and wargaming and simulation. He has extensively published on all of these topics.
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Marco Albertini
Marco Albertini is Full Professor at the University of Bologna. His research interests focus on intergenerational relations; the consequences of separation and divorce; the comparative study of income inequality and social stratification; the consequences of childlessness; long-term care policies and ageing.
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Matthew Loveless
Matthew Loveless is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Bologna. He investigates how individuals make sense of politics in Europe, focusing on public opinion, media use, and perceptions.


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Roland Adorjani
Roland Adorjani is a PhD candidate at University College Dublin in Computational Social Science, previously ESOC Sr. Research Specialist at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and also data scientist with in the domain of recruitment technology. He works on computational social science, machine learning, and cultural sociology to study the spread of fake news, trolling, and disinformation on social media.
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Abdullah Almaatouq
Abdullah Almaatouq is an Assistant Professor of Information Technology at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research focuses on the mechanisms of decision-making in networked environments where decisions are influenced by interactions with others. He holds dual MS and a PhD from MIT and a BSc from the University of Southampton.
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Gian Maria Campedelli
Gian Maria Campedelli is a postdoctoral research fellow in Computational Sociology and Criminology at the University of Trento. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminology from Università Cattolica in Milan, and from 2016 to 2019 he worked as a research fellow at Transcrime - the Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime of Università Cattolica, University of Bologna and University of Perugia. In 2018 he also held a visiting research scholar position at Carnegie Mellon University - School of Computer Science. His research interests focus on the development and application of computational methods for the study of terrorism and organized crime, with specific expertise in complex networks and machine learning.
Sönke Ehret
Sönke Ehret is currently a researcher at the Universities of Bern and Lausanne. His interests touch a number of substantive areas, among them political sophistication and extremism, and the conditions under which social norms change. He is also working on new methods for online and virtual lab experiments.
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Cesar Hidalgo
Cesar A. Hidalgo directs the Center for Collective Learning at the Artificial and Natural Intelligence Institute (ANITI) at the University of Toulouse. Prior to joining ANITI, he directed the Collective Learning group at MIT. Hidalgo holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Notre Dame, and is the author of dozens of peer reviewed papers and three books. His latest book is How Humans Judge Machines (MIT Press, 2021).
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Ridhi Kashyap
Ridhi Kashyap is associate professor of social demography at the University of Oxford and professorial fellow of Nuffield College. Her research explores questions linked to demography and human development, including topics such as population health, gender inequality, partnerships and family, and migration. In her ongoing work in the the area of digital and computational demography, she is studying how technological changes linked to digitalisation affect population and human development processes, and the role of novel digital data sources for understanding population phenomena.
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Francesco Rampazzo
Francesco Rampazzo is a Career Development Fellow in Marketing and Consumer Demography at the Saïd Business School, the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, and Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. He is a demographer with a broad range of research interests, which include digital and computational demography with applications in fertility, migration, and survey research.
Rachael Tatman
Dr. Rachael Tatman is a senior developer advocate at Rasa, where she helps developers use open source software to build great conversational AI projects. Before that she was a developer advocate at Kaggle (part of Google) and recieved a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Washington, where her research focused on computational sociolinguistics.
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Milena Tsvetkova
Milena Tsvetkova is Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science at the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She completed her PhD in Sociology at Cornell University and postdoctoral research at the Oxford Internet Institute. In her research, she uses large-scale web-based social interaction experiments, network analysis of online data, and agent-based modeling to investigate fundamental social phenomena such as cooperation, social contagion, segregation, and inequality.

Teaching Assistants

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Oltion Preka
Oltion Preka is a researcher and an adjunct professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Bologna. Through his course ‘Big Data for the Social Sciences’ he has involved many students of political sciences in learning how to leverage Python programming skills in their studies. He also has a long experience as a data scientist covering a broad range of areas (from data wrangling to machine learning, to natural language processing). His main interests concern the application of Deep Learning techniques, especially NLP, to make sense of text data in the social sciences.


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Andrea Marchesi
Andrea Marchesi is a PhD candidate in Political and Social Sciences at University of Bologna. His work applies quantitative methods to study voting cleavages in Western European countries and to investigate the social perception of Covid-19 pandemic. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Sociology from University of Milano-Bicocca.
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Giulia Ganugi
Giulia is research fellow at the University of Bologna. She holds a Joint PhD in Sociology from Unibo and in Geography from KULeuven. Her research interests concern social innovation, co-creation, governance and citizenship. Methodologically, she is studying how to merge qualitative research methods with social network analysis and text mining.
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Aidar Zinnatullin
Aidar Zinnatullin is a PhD student in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Bologna. He studies how political discussions evolve in the context of authoritarian politics. In the research project Aidar uses quantitative text analysis techniques and causal inference identification strategies.
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Gabriele Pinto
Gabriele is PhD student at Sapienza (Rome). He is interested in understanding the determinants and the effects of the quality of the political class. Besides, he studies the diffusion and the effect of political ideologies on individual and group behaviors. He holds degrees from Erasmus University (Rotterdam), Sapienza (Rome), and Collegio Carlo Alberto (Turin).
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Kamil Klosek
Kamil Klosek is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Security Studies at Charles University. In his research, Kamil concentrates on conflict economies and civil wars with a focus on corporate investments, central banking, arms trade, and natural resources. He previously worked on military interventions and frozen conflicts.
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Federico Pilati
Federico Pilati is a PhD student at IULM University. Previously he has been a research assistant for the Italian national project called "Media and Terrorism". He also worked as a media analyst for the Observatory of Pavia. Currently he focuses his research on the analyses of the covid-19 infodemic.
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Salsabil Mohamed Abdalbaki
Salsabil Mohamed is an Assistant Lecturer in Socio-Computing Department at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. I am a PhD student at FEPS at Socio-computing department. I am holding the Professional Diploma in Big Data and Data Science from Nile University. I am holding the Master’s degree in Socio-Computing with an excellent grade in April 2019. The thesis title is “An Extensive Survey on Social Network Analysis with An Application on Water Resources Management in Nile Basin Region”. I published a co-authored scientific paper with my supervisor from my master’s thesis in Water Policy Journal in 2019. In addition, I published another scientific paper in 2020 as a single author in the Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development. Currently, I am working on two chapters for an edited book in Springer based on an invitation from the editor. This book is bout the socio--Economic, Political, and Environmental Aspects of International Conflicts.
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Vanessa Carrión-Yaguana
Vanessa Carrión-Yaguana is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Universidad de Las Americas (Ecuador). She received her PhD from Virginia Tech. Her current research projects focus on political behavior. She also maintains a strong interest in implementing policies to alleviate poverty in rural areas.
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Tuğba Bayar
I completed my doctoral studies in Otto-Friedrich-Universitaet, Bamberg. Currently I am an instructor at Bilkent University, Ankara. I am working on an interdisciplianery project regarding international treaties.
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Riccardo Nanni
Riccardo Nanni is PhD candidate in Political and Social Sciences (International Relations) at the University of Bologna. Besides, he is in the 2020/21 cohort of the Europaeum Scholars Programme and is member to the Programme Committee of Youth Internet Governance Forum - Italy. His research interest is on Chinese stakeholders' influence in global Internet governance. Prior to his PhD, he worked as project manager at Centro Veneto Progetti Donna, a civil society organisation managing antiviolence centres in Northeast Italy, and as human rights trainee at the Political Section of the EU Delegation to China.
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Christiern Santos Rasmussen
My phd project is focused on states use of disinformation campaigns and how these use fringe-media to spread specific content on social media.
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Paride Carrara
Paride Carrara is a PhD student in Political and Social Sciences at the University of Bologna. His research interests are party competition, political communication and text analysis. He holds a MA in Political Science and a BA in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation, both from the University of Milan.

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