Francesca is a researcher working on the Covid-19 No-Fault Compensation Schemes project at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.
She holds a PhD in Law (Socio-Legal Theory) from the London School of Economics, where she was in receipt of the ESRC - Rena Field Scholarship. Her doctoral research, titled 'Vaccine Opposition in the Information Age: A Study on Online Activism and DIY Citizenship' explored the phenomenon of mediated vaccine-critical activism, and particularly how online vaccine critics engage with, invoke and re-interpret the law in ways which support their claims. Francesca has a background in law and anthropology, holding degrees from Bocconi University (Milan) and the LSE, where she read the MSc in Law, Anthropology and Society. Her research interests span from mediated participation and citizenship in the information age, media and social theory, qualitative methodologies, digital activism, healthcare law and policy, and the interconnections between accountability, trust and transparency in late-modern social contexts.
In addition to her research work Francesca also enjoys teaching, having previously taught Introduction to the Legal System and Legal Research and Writing seminars at the LSE, where she is currently also teaching Medical Law and Ethics.