I joined Abertay in 2013 as Lecturer in Sociology, becoming a Senior Lecturer in August 2016. I’m also the Abertay University Security Research Theme Leader.
Previously, I worked at Fondazione Ahref, Italy as a Research Fellow and Team Leader and at Maynooth University in Ireland, as a Post-Doctoral researcher. I hold a PhD in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Trento in Italy.
My research interests include digital sociology – for example, reputation and the internet – , Science and Technology Studies and User Research. I’m currently carrying out social research on Social Innovation, Cybersecurity and e-Participation. I am involved in research projects funded by the H2020 research programme.
My work on reputation and the internet has attracted media attention both in Italy and in the UK and I’ve been interviewed about this on Italian National Radio.
I presently teach on the subjects of Digital Sociology, Cybercrime and Surveillance
I am interested in surpevising dissertations in the following areas:
My current research interests (broadly defined) are:
Specifically I am currently working on research projects on Social Innovation and User Research in the field of e-Participation. This research is funded by the H2020 research programme. I also am working on social research on Cybersecurity, with funding coming from Abertay University (R-Lincs) and the Scottish Institute for Police Research.
Project PIE News (Collective Awareness in Commonfare) Project Nr. 687922
European Commission (Horizon2020). Funding: 190200 Euros
Project STEP (Societal engagement of young Europeans in environmental issues / e-participation) Project Nr. 649493
European Commission (Horizon2020). Funding: 201875 Euros
“Come Costruirsi una Reputazione Online. E quali sono le conseguenze per la governante di internet” (How to Build an Online Reputation). Communication at the Internet Governance Forum Italia, 2011. Trento (Italy), 11 November 2011. (Talk on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY0sviMg95Y - in Italian)
“Social Network e Relazioni Sociali” (Social Network and Social Relations). Communication at the Azienda Sanitaria Emilia Romagna, 01 March, 2012.
Social networks and digital media: enhancing local participation. Presentation at OECD Trento as part of the Capacity Building Seminar DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING E-GOVERNMENT POLICIES: THE CASE OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY
De Paoli S. “Reputazione e Manipolazione” (Reputation and its manipulation). Communication at Internet Festival Pisa, 6 Ottobre 2012.
Invited papers and international translations
Kerr, A. , De Paoli S. & Keatinge M. (2011) Governance and Participation in Massively Multiplayer Online Games’. Invited paper at the ‘Social Participation and Digital Communities’ track at the Intel European Research and Innovation Conference, Leixlip, Ireland, 12th Oct., 2011.
My paper (with A. Kerr) The Assemblage of Cheating: How to Study Cheating as Imbroglio in MMORPGs. Has been translated in French as L’agencement de la triche. Aborder la triche dans les MMORPG comme un imbroglio. Réseaux 2012/3 n° 173-174
Scientific Coordination of the 1st and 2nd Summer School in “Digital Journalism”- August – September 2011 & 2012: http://www.ahref.eu/it/media/comunicati-stampa/ahref-summer-school?set_language=it
Member of the Scientific Committee of the Digital Ethnography Week 2012 http://www.ahref.eu/en/ricerca/education/second-digital-ethnography-week-1?set_language=en
GR RAI (National Italian Radio News) has interviewed me about reputation and the Internet, during the Pisa Internet Festival 2012.
Ilfattoquotidiano (one of the main Italian Newspaper) has mentioned my work (with Dr. Chiara Broccatelli) on online psychotherapy (2012).
Extended interview on my research for "Digital Ethnography Week" on Vimeo - http://vimeo.com/51906157 (in Italian)
Contribution to the design of the wikirate platform: http://wikirate.org
Lead Development of Questions for the ENISA "NIS quiz" - October 2014 Cybersecurity Month: http://cybersecuritymonth.eu/references/quiz-demonstration