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Dr Sara Marino is a Lecturer in Communication and joined the School of Journalism, English and Communication in September 2017. She holds a PhD in Communication Science from the University of Urbino (Italy), where she worked on technology and migration. Her doctoral dissertation, “Online and offline diasporic communities. Italians in London”, examined the use and impact of Internet technology on migrants’ identity, sense of community and ideas of belonging.
She previously worked as Teaching Fellow in Digital Culture at King's College London, as Visiting Lecturer at University of Westminster, and as Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins – University of the Arts.
Her research examines the social uses of media technologies in a transnational and comparative context. A key area of inquiry is migrants’ uses of Internet and Communication Technologies (online communities, social networking sites, video chats and voice call services) in order to keep in touch with and care for their families back home; to create a new sense of transnational community and identity abroad, and to facilitate their settlement in a foreign country... Her approach is ethnographic and informed by a political economy perspective that seeks to explore how the socio-economic European scenario has affected intra- European migration, and youth migration in particular. A second strand in her research addresses the study of borders and transit zones, especially in relation to the refugee crisis and to the idea of Fortress Europe. More recently, this interest has developed into a study of ‘tech-for-good’ platforms, bottom up and grassroot digitally mediated processes, which engender solidarity in humanitarian action.more
- Marino, S., 2017. Digital food and foodways: How online food practices and narratives shape the Italian diaspora in London. Journal of Material Culture.
- Marino, S. and Dawes, S., 2016. Fortress Europe: Media, Migration and Borders. Networking Knowledge, 9 (4).
- Marino, S., 2016. What Are We Going to Do about Them? The Centrality of Borders in Fortress Europe. Networking Knowledge, 9 (4).
- Marino, S., 2015. Making Space, Making Place: Digital Togetherness and the Redefinition of Migrant Identities Online. Social Media + Society, 1 (2).
- Marino, S., 2015. Transnational identities and digital media: the digitalisation of Italian Diaspora in London. Jomec Journal.
- Marino, S., 2015. Surviving mechanisms of power in immigration strategies: embracing Otherness and pluralism. Journal of International Political Theory, 11 (2).
- Marino, S., 2013. The Role Of The Refugee And The Impact Of Fragmented Identities In Diasporic Filmmakers. A Review Of Dogville By Lars von Trier. CINEJ Cinema e-Journal, 3 (1).
- ECREA, Member (2017-)
- AoIR-Association of Internet Researcher, Member (2017-)
- Media Theory Journal, Editorial board member (2017-), http://mediatheoryjournal.org/
- Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Reviewer (2016-)
- Homelands-Hub for Migration, Exiles, Languages and Spaces, Committee member (2015-)
- Networking Knowledge Journal, Reviewer (2015-)
- Networking Knowledge Journal, Advisory Board member (2015-)
- MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, Communication Officer (2014-2017)
- Digital Crossroads conference: Media, Migration and Diaspora in a Transnational Perspective, The local and the digital. How Italian migration in UK can be studied through its Facebook community Italians of London, 20 Jun 2012, Amsterdam
- Pluralism, Inclusion and Citizenship conference, Digital Media and Brit-Italian diaspora. How technology helps immigrant’s integration processes’, 14 Mar 2014, Prague
- Multiculturalism: Where Do We Go from Here?, Brain drain and brain circulation. How digital media participate in the construction of Italian self esteem abroad., 28 Mar 2014, Sussex University
- The ‘material turn’ in migration studies: memory, emotion and identity in and cross three diasporic worlds, Ethnic Communities and Material Consumption: How food consumption and food shopping practices shape the life of Italian diaspora in London., 12 Jun 2014, London
- Creating Cultures: Postgraduate conference in Culture, Media, and the Creative Industries, Transnational identity and Digital Media. Brit-Italians in London., 12 Jun 2014, London
- Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space, Social media and the construction of Italian transnational identity in London., 18 Jun 2014, Amsterdam
- Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders, Mechanisms of power and the celebration of otherness in European migration policies, 23 Sep 2016, Athens
- The Migration Conference, Narratives of (non) deservingness and the normalization of borders in European migration policies, 23 Aug 2017, Athens
- Between Borders. Exploring spaces of Exclusion and Belonging in Global Migration., The normalization and denial of Europe’s borders in the Refugee Crisis, 09 Jun 2017, London
- Migration and communication flows: rethinking borders, identity and conflict through the digital, When solidarity meets technology. Tech-for-good platforms and transnational networking, 02 Nov 2017, Bilbao
- Networked Publics, TRANSNATIONAL SOCIAL SPACES AND DIASPORIC PUBLICS. HOW MIGRANTS ARE CHANGING TRADITIONAL CONCEPTUALISATIONS OF THE PUBLIC SPHERE, 18 Oct 2017, Tartu, Estonia
- BA (Hons) in Sociology (University of Urbino, 2006)
- MA in Sociology of Multiculturalism (University of Urbino, 2009)
- PhD in Communication Science § (University of Urbino, 2013)
- PGCE in PgCert in Higher Education (University of Westminster, 2017)