Sara Marino

Dr Sara Marino

  • smarino at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Lecturer in Communication
  • Weymouth House W333, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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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...


Journal Articles



  • Marino, S., 2014. Digital Media and British-Italian Diaspora: How Technology Helps Immigrant’s Integration Process. In: Marino Sara, ed. Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Trajectories on Pluralism, Inclusion and Citizenship. Interdisciplinary Press.

External Responsibilities

  • ECREA, Member (2017-)
  • AoIR-Association of Internet Researcher, Member (2017-)
  • Media Theory Journal, Editorial board member (2017-),
  • 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)

Conference Presentations

  • 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


  • 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)


  • Association of Internet Researchers, Member,
  • European Communication Research and Education Association, Member (2017-2019),
  • MeCCSA, Member (2017-),
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