Ricercatore Tempo Determinato

Palazzo Strozzi

Dipartimento di Scienze politico-sociali
Piazza degli Strozzi, 1
50123, FIRENZE


Elena is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore. She holds a degree in Communication Sciences (University of Padova, Italy, 2004) and a PhD in Sociology (University of Trento, 2009). She developed her expertise in the study and the use of social network analysis in various field of research (from supra national governance political processes to human-computer interaction) and in conjunction with other analytical techniques, such as lexicon-content analysis. Her most recent research interests pertain to the relationships between collective action/political participation and social media use, as well as big data. Within this area, she is working interdisciplinary to combine technical and social knowledges into the study of socio-technical systems and is employing network analysis techniques and tools. She recently published in international journals and in relevant Italian journals. Her PhD dissertation on Internet governance and multistakeholderism has been released in January 2012 as a book for Lexington Publications.

5 Most recent publications:

  1. Pavan, E. (2017). “Internet intermediaries and online gender-based violence”. In M. Segrave and L. Vitis (edited by) Gender, Technology and Violence. London: Routledge, 62-78
  2. Pavan, Elena and Manuela Caiani (forthcoming 2017). “’Not in my Europe!’ Extreme right online networks and their contestation of EU legitimacy”. In M. Caiani and S. Guerra (edited by) Euroscepticism, Democracy and the Media. Communicating Europe, Contesting Europe. Basingstoke (UK): Palgrave MacMillan, 169-194
  3. Pavan, Elena. 2016. La Network Analysis con NodeXL. Milano: Franco Angeli.
  4. Pavan, E. (2016). “The integrative power of online collective action networks beyond protest. Exploring social media use in the process of institutionalization”. Social Movement Studies – Online first, DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2016.1268956
  5. Padovani, C. and E. Pavan. (2016). “Global Governance and ICTs. Exploring online governance networks around Gender and Media”, Global Networks, 16(3): 350-371

Relevant previous projects:

  1. MAKERS – Movements as Knowledge Producers and Learning Spaces in the Digtial Age, funded by the Scuola Normale Superiore (June 2016, ongoing)
  2. MADRE – MApping public DiscouRse on Equal opportunities, Equal Opportunity Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento (2014 - 2015)
  3. REACtION, REti di Azione Collettiva tra Interazioni ONline ed Offline (Collective Action Networks between Online and Offline Interactions), the Provincia Autonoma di Trento (2012-2014)


Internet and politics, multistakeholder politics, social network analysis, digital research methods, gender and media.