Gianluca Iazzolino is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. He's currently focusing on how AI and digital platforms are reshaping governance in areas of limited statehood in Africa for the ERC-funded project ConflictNET. His research interests lie at the intersection of political economy, socio-legal studies and digital geography, with a geographic focus on East Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Somaliland in particular), where he has conducted extensive fieldwork over the past ten years. He uses ethnographic methods to explore the interplay of technology and power in the specific cases of hybrid governance, digital finance and digital platforms in the Global South. Besides working on the ConflictNET project, Gianluca is PI of the UKRI-funded Datafication and Digital Rights in East Africa, which explores how digital platforms are reshaping processes of inclusion and exclusion and instigating new forms of organisation and practices of contestation in East Africa. 

Gianluca completed his PhD in African Studies from the University of Edinburgh and was a Research Fellow at the LSE. He is a fellow of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, LSE, and of the Institute of Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI), University of California Irvine. Previously, he has worked as a consultant for NGOs and aid organisations in Senegal, Burkina Faso and Niger, and as a freelance journalist in Africa, Central and South America, the Middle East, Russia and India.



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Journal Article (6)

G. Iazzolino, 'Power geometries of encampment. The reproduction of domination and marginality among Somali refugees in Kakuma' (2020) 110 Geoforum 25
G. Iazzolino and M. Hersi, 'Shelter from the storm. Somali migrant networks in Uganda between international business and regional geopolitics' (2019) 3 Journal of Eastern African Studies 371
G. Iazzolino and N. Stremlau, 'New Media and Governance in Conflict' (2016) 10 Third World Quarterly 2242
G. Iazzolino and N. Wasike, 'The unbearable lightness of digital money' (2015) 9 Journal of Payments Strategy & Systems
G. Iazzolino, 'Digital shahid: from broadcast media to citizen journalism in Palestine.' (2010) Winter Arab Media & Society

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G. Iazzolino and N. Stremlau, 'Gateways and Gatekeepers: Social Media and the (Re)Defining of Somali Identity in Kenya’s Security Operations' in Moyo D. and Mpofu, S. (eds), Mediating Xenophobia in Africa. Unpacking Discourses of Migration, Belonging and Othering (Palgrave Macmillan 2020)
G. Iazzolino, 'Beyond Eastleigh. A New Little Mogadishu in Uganda? ' in Carrier, N. and T. Scharrer (eds), Mobile Urbanity. Somali Presence in Urban East Africa (Berghan Books: Oxford 2019)
G. Iazzolino and N. Stremlau, 'Hybrid governance, strategic communication and the quest for institutional Legitimacy' in Voltmer, K., Christensen, C., Neverla, I., Stremlau, N., Thomass, B., Vladisavljevic, N., Wasserman, H. (ed), Media, Communication and the Struggle for Democratic Change. Case Studies on Contested Transitions (Palgrave Macmillan 2019)

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Digital technologies, informality, governance, Future of Work, labour.

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