PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science
BA/MA, University of Bologna

Iginio's research and publications focus on media and political change, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, and on the emergence of distinctive models of the information society worldwide. He is leading numerous research projects, from examining the role of Information and Communication Technologies in peace-building and state-building in Eastern Africa, to understanding the increasing role of emerging powers such as China in the media and telecommunication sectors in Africa, to analysing the nature and significance of hate speech online ahead of elections. He completed his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science, investigating the relationship between development and destabilization in Ethiopia. He is also Research Associate of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge and of the Centre for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

Affiliations and previous positions

  • Centre of Governance and Human Rights, University of Cambridge – Research Associate
  • Centre for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania and Stanhope Centre for Communication Policy Research – Research Associate
  • United Nations Educational Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Addis Ababa – Project officer


  • Rotary Foundation, Ambassadorial Scholar (2007-2008)
  • Università Statale di Milano, Doctoral Research Award (2008)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, PhD Scholarship (2006-2010)
  • United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs, UNDESA Fellowship (2005)


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  • Gagliardone and Stremlau, N., 'Media, Conflict and Democratization in Africa' in Zielonka, J. (ed), Media and Politics in new democracies (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2015) (forthcoming)
  • Stremlau, N., Gagliardone and Fantini, E, 'Somalia Calls. Radio Stations, Mobile Phones, and the Construction of Authority in the Somali Media' (2015) (forthcoming)
  • Gagliardone, 'Transnational Political Communication' in Mazzoleni, G. (ed), The International Encyclopaedia of Political Communication (Malden: Wiley-Blackwell 2015) (forthcoming)
  • Gagliardone, 'UNESCO Internet Study: Hate Speech Online' (2015) (forthcoming)
  • Gagliardone, '“Can you hear me?” Mobile-Radio Interactions and Governance in Africa' (2015) New Media and Society (forthcoming)
  • Gagliardone, 'Cyber Incitement Via Social Media' (2014) UNESCO Working Paper, Paris and Tunis
  • Gagliardone, Mapping and Analysing Hate Speech Online: Opportunities and Challenges for Ethiopia (Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP), University of Oxford 2014)
  • Gagliardone, 'Media Development with Chinese Characteristics' (2014) Global Media Journal, vol. 4, no.2
  • Gagliardone, 'New Media and the Developmental State in Ethiopia' (2014) African Affairs, vol. 113, no. 451
  • Gagliardone, '“A Country in Order”: Technopolitics, Nation Building and the Development of ICTs in Ethiopia' (2014) Information Technologies & International Development, vol. 9, no. 4
  • Gagliardone, 'China and the African Internet: Perspectives from Kenya and Ethiopia' (2013) Index Communication, Special Issue on “New African Communication”, vol. 3, no. 2
  • Gagliardone, 'China as a Persuader: CCTV Africa’s First Steps in the African Mediasphere' (2013) Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, vol. 34, no. 2
  • Gagliardone and Stremlau, N., 'Digital Media, Conflict and Diasporas in the Horn of Africa' in Dragomir, M. and Thompson, M. (eds), Mapping Digital Media (London: Open Society Institute 2012)
  • Allen, K and Gagliardone, Kenya. Case Study Snapshot of Donor Support to ICTs and Media (Internews and the World Bank Institute, Washington DC 2012)
  • Gagliardone, Stremlau, N. and Nkrumah, D., 'Partner, Prototype or Persuader? China’s new media engagement with Ghana' (2012) Communication, Politics & Culture, vol. 45, no. 2
  • Gagliardone, Srinivasan, S and Brisset-Foucault, F, 'New Communication Technologies and Citizen-led Governance in Africa' (2011) Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR), University of Cambridge
  • Gagliardone, 'The Technopolitics of the Ethiopian Nation' in Coakes, E. (ed), Knowledge Development and Social Change Through Technology (Hershey: IGI Global 2011)
  • Gagliardone, N. Stremlau and M. Repnikova, China in Africa: A New Approach to Media Development? (Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP), University of Oxford 2010)
  • Gagliardone, From Mapping Information Ecologies to Evaluating Media Interventions: An Expert Survey on Evaluating Media Interventions in Conflict Countries (United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Washington DC 2010)
  • Gagliardone, 'La Cina in Africa: Media e Telecomunicazioni' (2010) Inchiesta, no. 168
  • Gagliardone and Nicole Stremlau, 'Public Opinion Research in a Conflict Zone: Grassroots Diplomacy in Darfur' (2008) 2 International Journal of Communication
    ISBN: 1932-8036
  • Gagliardone, 'Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning and Its Prospects for Gender Equity in Classrooms' (2005) UNESCO AICT Education vol. 7, no.1
  • Gagliardone, 'Virtual Enclaves or Global Networks? The Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Development Cooperation' (2005) Psychnology 3
  • Gagliardone and Geraci, M, 'La Scatola Nera e il Mantello di Arlecchino. Autonomie Culturali nelle Reti Globali' (2004) Studi culturali, vol. 1, no. 2


Research projects

Research Interests

International communication; New media and public participation; Freedom of expression; Politics of technology; Media and governance in Sub-Saharan Africa; ICTs for development; Media and peace-building; China-Africa relations

Research projects