Giuseppe Lugano

Current positions

Professional profile

I was born in Camerino (MC), Italy, on March, 26th 1977. From September 2003 till July 2011 I've lived in Helsinki, Finland. Currently, I am living in Brussels, Belgium. I received a Master's degree from the University of Bologna (Italy) in 2003 with the thesis Finnish and Italian technology in the global environment of EU: a comparison of ICT strategies in education.

In September 2003, I started my research journey by joining the Cosco-Edutech research group at the Helsinki Institute of Information Technology (HIIT). Later on, I shifted my interest from CSCL to the social aspects of mobile communication by joining, from 2004 till 2008, the Sonera Information Society Unit of TeliaSonera Finland, the leading mobile operator of the nordic countries.

In June 2005, I started a doctoral degree in Cognitive Science at the University of Jyväskylä. My doctoral thesis, titled Digital community design:exploring the role of mobile social software in the process of digital convergence discusses, from an academic viewpoint, some of the early ideas that I introduced in my first book, Comunicazione Mobile, which I published in 2007 for the Italian editor Cierre.

In July 2010, I earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at the University of Jyväskylä by defending my doctoral thesis "Digital community design: exploring the role of mobile social software in the process of digital convergence". The Opponent was Prof. Matthias Rauterberg (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands). During 2010, I contributed to the Sustainability Research conducted at the Nokia Research Center in Helsinki. In May 2010, I co-authored a paper titled "Resilience thinking: from challenges towards solutions in a disrupted world", which was presented at the 4S - Summer Symposium on Sustainable Systems .

Since 2011, I am supporting as a Science Officer a large number of research communities involved in a number of highly interdisciplinary COST Actions. My areas of research interest include, among others, educational technology, social network analysis, computer and mobile mediated communication, sustainability research.