Giovanni Formilan, Current Visiting Scholar
Giovanni Formilan is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Bologna, where he completed his PhD. During his research, Giovanni has studied the relationship between identity and performance in the field of electronic music. He approached identity formation and recognition through a variety of methods and theoretical lenses: affiliations to genre/style categories, network relationships, membership to geographical scenes. He has been Visiting PhD Student at the Center on Organizational Innovation (COI) at Columbia University. Giovanni participated in the 32nd Egos Colloquium in Neaples with a paper from his dissertation. He is currently working on a socio-cognitive framework to discuss audience reaction to innovative products. To date, his research interests also include the emergence and consecration of innovation, and non-traditional career paths in creative and innovative fields.
Jess Gilbert, Current Visiting Scholar
Jess Gilbert is Professor and Chair of the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He recently published Planning Democracy: Agrarian Intellectuals and the Intended New Deal (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015). This book focuses on the extremely innovative policies of the 1930s Department of Agriculture, particularly the integrative, cooperative programs in adult education, participatory research, and grass-roots planning to localize and coordinate federal agricultural policy. With Krzysztof Gorlach and Patrick Mooney, he edited Socjologia Wsi W Ameryce Północnej [Rural Sociology in North America, Selected Readings translated into Polish] (Torun, Poland: Nicolaus Copernicus University Press, 1998). His current work is on the contemporary status of New Deal experiments in land reform and community development with African-American farmers in the rural South. He has served as president of the Agricultural History Society and the Rural Sociological Society.
Natalia Levina, Current Visiting Scholar
Natalia Levina is Toyota Motors Corporation Term Chair and Professor of Information Systems at New York University Stern School of Business. Her research appeared in Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, and Academy of Management Journal among others. Her research focuses on understanding how people span organizational, professional, and cultural boundaries in order to generating innovative ideas and technology and these practices in turn shape firm boundaries. She uses qualitative methods and practice-theoretical perspectives and is a co-founder of Grounded Theory Methods group within IS community. Her current work focuses on open innovation and crowdsourcing with most recent publication entitled “Framing Innovation Opportunities While Staying Committed to an Organizational Epistemic Stance,” (with Fayard and Gkeredakis). She held a Full Professorship appointment at University of Warwick and was a visiting faculty at University of Cambridge. She has received her Ph.D. in Information Systems from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and B.A. and M.A. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Boston University.
Celia Lury, Current Visiting Scholar
Celia Lury is Professor and Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick. She is coming to the end of an ESRC Professorial Fellowship research project on ‘Order and Continuity: Methods for Enacting Change in a Topological Society’. The project involves a critical investigation of how methods of social research enact the social world. On the one hand, it explores the epistemological dimensions of the contemporary use of practices of sorting, naming, and numbering as they are brought together in 'method assemblages'? On the other hand, it critically addresses the kinds of change enacted by such methods in terms a moving or topological ratio, and explores the implications of the becoming topological of culture for patterns of social inclusion and exclusion. Publications exploring these issues include: Inventive Methods, ed with N. Wakeford, Routledge, 2012; ‘Topological Culture’, Theory, Culture and Society, ed. with L. Parisi and T. Terranova, 2012; ‘Social Media and Self-Evaluating Assemblages: On Numbers, Orderings and Values’ with C. Gerlitz, Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, 2014; ‘The Downs and Ups of the Consumer Price Index in Argentina: From National Statistics to Big Data’ with A. Gross, in ‘Statactivism: State Restructuring, Financial Capitalism and Statistical Mobilizations, Special Issue, Partecipazione e Conflitto – Rivista Scientifica di Studi Sociali e Politici, 2014.
Matteo Prato, Current Visiting Scholar
Matteo Prato is Assistant Professor of corporate strategy at USI. He holds a PhD and Master of Research in Management from IESE Business School, where he also served as post-doctoral researcher. He has been visiting researcher at Stanford University and Columbia University. His research employs sociological methods and concepts to gain a deeper understanding of organizations and market behavior. His current research focuses on the interplay between social structures and competitive dynamics of imitation and differentiation, with particular emphasis on the processes of valuation and attention allocation.
Charlotte Reypens, Current Visiting Scholar
Charlotte Reypens is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Warwick. She completed her PhD at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). During her PhD research, she studied how multiple, diverse stakeholders collaborate in innovation networks to create value. She used a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods to address the topic and collected interview and survey data from one of the largest public-private partnerships in the life sciences. During the last year of her PhD, she went on a research exchange at the University of Texas at Dallas. Here she used experimental methods to study individual decision-making. To support her PhD research, she was awarded scholarships by the Research Foundation Flanders and the Fulbright Commission. An important feature of her PhD research was to study how functional diversity influences performance in collaborations between different stakeholders. Together with Professor David Stark and Professor Sheen Levine, she will now examine a different type of diversity using experimental methods, i.e., ethnic diversity.