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2. Innovation processes

In this area, the research unit studies the influence of techno-scientific innovations on design, daily life and local contexts. In this perspective we consider the ways in which relations between actors generate technological objects and innovations and how they are modified. The variety and complexity of the issues are adequately reflected in the interdisciplinary nature of the skills of Pa.S.T.I.S. members.

The research activities of Pa.S.T.I.S. in this area has focused in particular on:

2.1 – Innovation in the public sphere

2.2 – Changes of consumption in the digital society

2.3 - Informative infrastructures, design and standardization

2.4 – Local  innovation policies


1. 2014 – MONGILI, A. e Pellegrino, G. Information Infrastructure(s): Boundaries, Ecologies, Multiplicity, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2. 2014 – Arnaldi, S., Ferrari, A. MAGAUDDA e Marin, F. Responsibility in Nanotechnology Development, Dordrecht, Springer.

3. 2014 – Coletta, C., Colombo, S., MAGAUDDA, P. Mattozzi, A. Parolin, L.L. and Rampino, L.. A Matter of Design, Milano, STS Italia Publishing.

4. 2014 – LORENZET, A., e NERESINI, F. (2014). Quando il futuro diventa rilevante. Vent’anni di discorso pubblico sull’innovazione in Italia, in “Polis”, 28(3), 339-364.

5. 2012 – Mattozzi, A. e PICCIONI, T. A Depasteurization of Italy? Mediations of Consumption and the Enrollment of Consumers within the Raw-Milk Network, in “Sociologica” 3/2012.

6. 2012 - MAGAUDDA, P. What happens to materiality in digital virtual consumption? in Denegri-Knott, J. and Molesworth, M. Digital Virtual Consumption, London, Routledge.

7. 2012 – MAGAUDDA, P. How to make a “hackintosh”. A journey into the “consumerization” of hacking practices and culture, in “Journal of Peer Production”, 2.

8. 2012 RANGONE, M. e Solari, S. From the Southern-European model to nowhere: the evolution of Italian capitalism 1976–2011, in “ Journal of European Public Policy”

9. 2011 – NERESINI, F. Il nano-mondo che verrà, Bologna, Il Mulino

10. 2011 – MAGAUDDA, P. 2011 When materiality «bites back». Digital music consumption practices in the age of dematerialization, in “Journal of Consumer Culture”, 11(1), pp. 15-36.

11. 2010 – PICCIONI, T. On delegation to machines. The artefact as social actor within the process of raw milk reintroduction among food consumption in “Tecnoscienza: Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies”, 1(1), 11-38.

12. 2010 MONGILI, A. Rifare il pane come una volta. Le tipicità ricombinanti e l’assenza dei panettieri, in “Tecnoscienza: Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies”, 1(2), pp. 33-56.


- Architectural design: eco-sustainable design practices and technological innovation (2011-2013, PhD research).

Responsible: Daniele De Pretto; Scientific Director: Federico Neresini

The research aims at highlighting the practices related to the design of a new building, trying to highlight particularly innovative practices involved in the construction of green buildings, the role of  the regulatory framework and technological innovations.  For this purpose, design practices in an architecture studio will be investigated, within which a network of actors and technological artifacts that contribute to the project will be identified. The focus of research is related to the issue of technological innovation and implementation of technology in practical use. It will then seek to understand how technological development is embedded within the design practices, as well as the manner in which different organizational dynamics are reflected on the activities of architects and their daily work. The empirical context is explored through the tools of organizational and multi-sited ethnogaphy, which will allow the emergence of those aspects of knowledge, innovation and design practices that lead to the realization of a project.

- ECO2: Ecosystems of the Eco-design (2008-2010).

Coordinators:  Federico Neresini, Andrea Lorenzet and Paolo Magaudda.

ECO2 is aimed at realizing a socio-economic research to account for ecodesign in the ICT sector. The research is part of sociological study on technological and organizational innovation in the management of environment (industrial ecology, ecological modernization, corporate environmentalism), developed at the intersection of two disciplines: organizational sociology and the sociology of environment and planning.

- A multidimensional approach to technology transfer (2007-2008).

Coordinator: Federico Neresini and Paolo Magaudda.

Some scholars from the research unit have conducted this reasearch in collaboration with Sincrotrone Trieste SCPA, in the framework of Research FIRB 2003 DD Ric 2186-December 12, 2003 – research on the processes of technology transfer between public research system and the nanotechnology district in the Veneto area.

- Citizenship and Biotechnology. Participation and techno-scientific innovation.

Head: Giuseppe Pellegrini.

The relationship between the development of biotechnology and citizenship in Europe is the focus of this research project. Starting from the analysis of specific democratic traditions and consolidated practices of participation and inclusion of citizens, specific national contexts and styles were studied on an issue of strong public impact such as nanotechnology.