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Pier Luigi Parcu is part-time Professor at the European University Institute (EUI) from 2010. Prof, Parcu is currently Director of the ENTraNCE project- European Networking and Training for National Competition Enforcers, of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, and of the FSR Communications & Media at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the EUI. He is also Chairman of a consultancy company specialized in antitrust and regulatory issues of network industries. From 2000 to 2003, he has been CEO of the Independent System Operator running the Italian Electricity Grid (GRTN). From 1991 to 2000 he was the Director of Investigation at the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) in charge of several regulated sectors. Previously, he served as Chief Economist at the Italian Security and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) and as Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His research in the area of industrial organization and law and economics focuses on the interaction between regulation and antitrust in shaping firms' behaviour in network industries. As regards research in the media area, Prof. Parcu’s interests focus on the effects of ownership concentration and internal governance of the media enterprise on pluralism and freedom of expression. Finally, among the most recent interests of research and publication, Prof. Parcu is looking at the Internet’s effects on traditional business models and its influence on new economic developments such as the sharing economy and smart cities.

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Research Staff


Elda BrogiElda Brogi - Scientific Coordinator. Elda Brogi’s main interests span Constitutional, European and Media law. She teaches Information and Communication Law at the University of Florence, and previously taught at the University of Macerata. Elda has worked as a Parliamentary Assistant at the European and Italian Parliaments, and as research fellow at the Universities of Florence (Media Integration and Communication Centre) and Perugia. She has participated in many European and Italian research projects covering her main topics of interest. For instance, at the University of Florence, she was the coordinator of the project "Support to the reform of Serbian Media Legislation towards EU standards and strengthening of legal and technical skills of media professionals” (CARDS) and recently she has been working in the Mediadem project at the Law Department of the EUI. 
She holds a degree in Law (University of Florence), a Ph.D. in Public Law and Constitutional Law (University La Sapienza, Rome) and is an Italian qualified lawyer. In 2014 and 2015 she has been a member of the Committee of experts on protection of journalism and safety of journalists (MSI-JO) at the Council of Europe. Since December 2015 she is member of the Committee of experts on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership (MSI-MED) at the Council of Europe.

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Karidi MariaMaria Karidi holds a PhD in Media and Communication Studies and Sociology from the University of Munich (LMU), a MA degree in Media and Political Communication and a BA degree in Communication and Modern Greek Studies both from Freie Universität Berlin. Prior to joining the CMPF she worked as research and teaching associate at LMU's Department of Communication Studies and Media Research, where she also participated in a trans-disciplinary project dealing with resilience and social change (ForChange), funded by the Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Science and the Arts. In the past, Maria has worked for the European Commission, the Federal Union of German Associations of Pharmacists and for MEDIADEM at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy. Her research interests lie in the fields of comparative (news) media research, political communication and social theory.

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NenadicIvaIva Nenadic´s research focuses on media accountability, changes in journalistic practices and innovation in online communication. She is currently finishing her PhD studies in Communication Science at the University of Osijek in Croatia. Prior to joining the CMPF, Iva spent an academic year at Stuttgart Media University, where she was involved as a researcher in two international and interdisciplinary projects exploring influences of the digital age on media, education, economy and society. In 2014 she co-edited comprehensive publication “Common Media Pressing Issues in Six SEE Countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia)” and was a part of the team that developed empirically based Index on Clientelism in Media. She participated in the project Children of the media, promoting media literacy, and MEDIANE, joint Programme of the EU and the Council of Europe promoting diversity inclusiveness. Iva holds MA in Journalism from the University of Zagreb and has an extensive experience as a professional journalist and editor in various media outlets.

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Alina Ostling holds a PhD from the European University Institute (EUI) and a Master of Science in Business and Economics from Uppsala University (Sweden).

She has a strong professional background in democracy, new media and development. Alina’s experience includes coordinating project in the field of democratic governance at UNDP Belarus; working as evaluator for the Open Government Partnership and FP7 Expert Evaluator for the European Commission, and assessing the impact of the web in Sweden for the World Wide Web Foundation’s Index 2013. She has also lead the Swedish team in the framework of the online Voting Advice Application (VAA) the EU Profiler in the run-up for the European Parliamentary elections (2009), and a VAA for the Swedish 2010-elections for the newspaper Aftonbladet.

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Mario ViolaMario Viola de Azevedo Cunha holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute and an LLM in Private Law from the Rio de Janeiro State University, with extensive experience on data protection and privacy online and offline, having acted as an international consultant in these fields for International organisations, such as UNDP and UNICEF. He has also experience on Internet Governance and Regulation. Mario is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Unicef Office of Research – Innocenti working on child privacy online and a member of the Institute for Technology and Society (Brazil). Mario also takes part in the Committee on the protection of privacy in private international and procedural law of the International Law Association.

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StasiMariaLuisaMaria Luisa Stasi joined the Florence School of Regulation in May 2013. Her research interests cover a wide range of European law issues, with particular expertise in competition law and electronic communications law. From 2008, she worked as an associate lawyer in the competition law department of Bonelli Erede Pappalardo law firm, Milan. In 2012, she joined the Academy of European Law (ERA) as a course director, where she organised training, seminars and conferences in competition, State aid, public procurement and electronic communications law. She is the author of several publications in various fields of law. Maria Luisa holds a LLM in European Legal Studies (College of Europe, Bruges) and a Master's degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies (Lumsa University, Rome). She graduated in law (J.D) with honours from the University of Perugia in 2004. She is member of the Italian Bar Association since 2008.

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Past Research Associates

KONSTANTINABANIAKonstantina Bania specializes in Media, Telecommunications and Technology (TMT) Law and Competition Law. She has a solid and extensive academic background in these areas, which she acquired by successfully completing a PhD in Law (European University Institute), two LL.M. degrees in International and European Law (European University Institute and Free University of Brussels), an MSc in Business Science (University of Barcelona), a Bachelor of Laws (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and University of Salamanca), and relevant coursework at Harvard Law School and Fordham Law School. Konstantina has received numerous research grants, prizes and fellowships, which were awarded by the Getulio Vargas Foundation (BR), the European Broadcasting Union (CH), the European University Institute (IT), the Competition Law Scholars Forum (UK), the Greek Scholarships Foundation, and the Institute for European Studies (BE). Over the past years, Konstantina has worked on various EU-funded projects, including MEDIADEM and the Media Profiler, and taught courses in her fields of expertise at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Bocconi University and the University of Padova. As a practitioner (called to the Bar since 2008), she has provided legal services to a range of institutions and organizations, including the European Commission (DG Competition and DG MARKT), IT qualifications providers, broadcasters, cloud service providers, and advertising agencies. 



Lisa Ginsborg holds a Ph.D. in Public International Law from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. She has been a Teaching Fellow at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) in Venice, a Visiting Doctoral Researcher at New York University (NYU) School of Law, and a Visiting Researcher at the Sydney Centre for International Law at the University of Sydney. Before starting her doctoral studies, she worked for three years in the legal department of the International Secretariat of Amnesty International and for one year in the NGO Liaison Office of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR).She holds an LL.M in Comparative, European and International Laws from the European University Institute (EUI) and an M.Sc. in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research interests include international human rights law, international organizations and counter-terrorism.

GoriPaulaPaula Gori ‘s main interests cover European and International law. She joined the Florence School of Regulation at the EUI in 2010 and from 2012 is the Coordinator of the area Communications and Media. She also joined the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom from its establishment. Prior to joining the team, she gained extensive  experience at the European Parliament in Brussels. Paula also collaborates with the UNESCO Centre of Florence and has attained the title of Civil and Commercial Mediator, in particular for for international disputes.

She holds an MA in International Relations (University of Bologna), and an MA in International Law and BA in Law (University of Florence). She also completed the “Double Maîtrise franco-italienne en droit” and obtained a Maîtrise en Droit (Sorbonne University). 



Davide Morisi is currently completing a PhD in Political Science at the European University Institute. His research focuses on the effects of media on public opinion and political behavior, employing mostly survey and experimental methods. Davide has both academic and professional expertise in the media and communication sector. Before joining CMPF, he gained a master’s degree in media policy at the London School of Economics, with a dissertation on media pluralism and the case of News Corporation’s bid for BSkyB’s. He holds also an MA and BA in communication studies from the University of Bologna. Davide has worked as a communication assistant for the Communication Directorate-General of the European Commission, as a journalist for Italian daily newspapers, and as a campaign manager for two electoral campaigns.


Andrea CalderaroAndrea Calderaro is a Lecturer in International Relations at Cardiff University. His research centres on Internet and International Politics, with a particular focus on Internet Governance, Cybersecurity, telecom policy development, Internet and Human Rights, and the role of the EU in the global internet policy debate. He is also Fellow at the Internet Policy Observatory at the Annenberg School for Communication / UPenn and at the Centre for Internet & Human Rights (CIHR) at European University Viadrina.He serves as Editor of the “Digital Technologies and Global Politics” Book Series at Rowman&Littlefield, as Chair of the ECPR Internet & Politics standing group, and a member of the Global Internet Policy Observatory’s Advisory Group/European Commission. Previously, he has been Lecturer at the University La Sapienza of Rome in “New Technologies and International Relations”, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Internet and Society at Humboldt University, Research Associate at the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom/European University Institute, Visiting Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, and directed the “ICTs for the Global Governance of Peace and Security” Project at the University of Oslo. He hols his PhD and M.Phil in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute

Alina DobrevaAlina Dobreva after working for three years at the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom at the EUI, Dr Alina Dobreva joined the European Parliamentary Research Service at the European Parliament as a Policy Analyst. Her research interests focus in the areas of political communications, relations between media and political players, media economy and democratisation, public opinion and elections. She has extensive research experience ranging from academic and NGO research projects to partisan and market research, including plenty of international comparative studies, e.g. Media Pluralism Monitor, Comparative Study of Electoral Systems, British Academy funded “Political Communications in New Democracies. Government-Media Relations in Transition”. Alina also had been teaching at the University of Leeds and had been involved in various electoral campaigns planning and execution. At the CMPF, Alina co-authored the report “Freedom of Media in the Western Balkans” and had key contribution to the first and partially the second pilot stages of the Media Pluralism Monitor (methodology and social-political indicators). She holds a PhD in Political Communications from the University of Leeds, UK and MA degrees in Political Science (Central European University, Budapest) and Psychology and a BA in Public Relation (Sofia University, Bulgaria).

Gangemi GiovanniGiovanni Gangemi  is a media expert with a ten years’ experience in the international media industries. He has worked since 2003 for the most important media consulting institutes such as e-Media and IsICult, of which he became associate director in 2006. He’s MD of the Italian office of Headway International, a Paris based media consulting company, and Director of the Communication Area of I-Com, Istituto per la Competitività. His works focused on markets and players business and strategies, content and developments, mostly based on international comparative approaches.

Giovanni graduated in Communications from La Sapienza University of Rome, and has a Master degree in Cinema and Televisions Financing. He has been assistant professor of Media Strategies within the Luiss-Guido Carli University of Rome and wrote several essays on TV and media.

Maja-SimunjakMaja Šimunjak’s research focuses on the media, journalism and political communication trends and practices, particularly in authoritarian and transitional societies. She holds a PhD in Political Communication from the University of East Anglia and an MA in Journalism from the University of Zagreb. Research projects she participated in over the last decade range from analyses of media reporting and journalistic cultures, to analyses of news management practices and hidden advertising. Most recently she was involved in the international research projects Varieties of Democracy and European Elections 2014, in which she participated as a country expert analysing media and news management practices in Croatia. Maja’s publications include ‘Media portrayals: from leadership cults to celebrity politicians’ (Routledge, forthcoming), ‘The first time for everything: Political advertising in a new member state’ (Palgrave, forthcoming), ‘The private life as part of Croatian politicians' communication strategies: The 2009-2010 presidential elections’ (Media Studies, 2012), and ‘Americanization Without Trivialization: Analysis of Newspaper Reporting about Vesna Pusić's 2009 Presidential Campaign’ (Journal for General Social Issues, 2012). Before joining CMFP, Maja taught a range of modules at the University of East Anglia, including Politics and Mass Media, Studying Media, Media and Society, Media Society and Power, and Media Regulation. Previously, she worked as an editor at a Croatian national television station Sports television. She was also a night desk editor at a Croatian national daily newspapers Jutarnji list, a radio anchorman at a local radio station, and she wrote feature articles for women’s magazine and an online news portal.

Past collaborators

MatteoCernisonMatteo Cernison 
focuses his research on digital technologies, online activism, and digital methods of research. During his PhD he investigated the online communication sphere that characterized the 2011 Italian referendum campaign against the privatization of water, under the supervision of Donatella della Porta. He graduated in Communication at the University of Padua in 2006. Since then, he participated to a national research project regarding the online debate on Communication Rights (Universities of Trento and Padua, 2007/2008), to the ERC funded project “Mobilizing 4 Democracy” (EUI – Cosmos, Centre on Social Movement Studies – 2012/14), and to a research on framing in international campaigns (LUISS University, 2014). In this last research, he experimented methods of data analysis through Python, and new ways of visualising data. He is an expert in Social Network Analysis, Digital Methods (in particular digital ethnography), and computer programming for social science. Research interests :Online communication, digital methods, data analysis through Python, visualisations


Virginia SilvestriVirginia Silvestri's field of research is Industrial Organisation, with particular focus on competition and regulation issues in Telecommunications and Media markets. Virginia studied Economics at Tor Vergata University in Rome, where she graduated in 2007. She then continued her studies at PhD level at IMT Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies and spent the academic year 2009-2010 as a visiting research student at University College London. She obtained her PhD in 2012, with a dissertation on investment and network regulation in broadband markets. She has several work experiences in the field of telecom regulation and antitrust consultancy. Virginia joined the Florence School of Regulation in November 2011.Virginia holds a PhD in Economics from IMT Lucca and a Degree in Economics and Social Sciences from Tor Vergata University in Rome.  


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