Federico Neresini

Professore Ordinario di Sociologia – Dipartimento FISPPA, Università di Padova



My research interests are focused on technoscience in a STS (Science & Technology Studies) perspective. In particular, I am interested in the construction processes of scientific knowledge and in analysing technoscience in the public sphere. My research activities concern biomedical issues and nanotechnology.

During the last years my research activities are addressing the relationship between big-data and scientific research activities, as well as the implications for the social sciences of the availability of large amounts of textual data through the web.

From 2008 I am the coordinator of the Padua Science, Technology and Innovation Studies research unit (PaSTIS – www.pastis-research.eu); in particular, I am leading the TIPS project (Technoscientific Issues in the Public Sphere), aimed at analysing the societal relevance and evolution of technoscience using the media as a source.

Currently I am the Coordinator Director of CIGA (Centre for Environmental Law Decisions and Corporate Ethical Certification, an interdisciplinary research centre established at Padua University for studying the societal and ethical issues related to emerging technologies) and I am also in the board of the PhD Program on Social Sciences of my Department FISPPA.

I am the Coordinator of the PhD Program of Social Sciences, based on FISPPA Department (University of Padova).

I am member of the advisory board of the journal “Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia” (Chief Editor 2019-2021) and “Tecnoscienza: the Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies”.

I have been co-founder and President of STS-Italia (2016-2018).

Recent Publications:

Crabu S., Giardullo P., Sciandra A., Neresini F. (2021) «Politics overwhelms science in the Covid-19 pandemic: Evidence from the whole coverage of the Italian quality newspapers», PLOS ONE, 16, 5, pp.1-19, [DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0252034]

 Miele F., Neresini F., Boniolo G., Paccagnella O. (2022) «Supporting cares for aged demented people: socio-organizational implications», AGEING & SOCIETY, 42, pp.376-408 (first published on-line 23 July 2020 [DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X20000938])

Neresini F., Giardullo P., Di Buccio E., Cammozzo A. (2020) «Exploring socio-technical futures scenarios in the media: the energy transition case in Italian daily newspapers», QUALITY & QUANTITY, 54, pp.147–168 [DOI: 10.1007/s11135-019-00947-w]

Neresini F. (2020) Io e il mio DNA, il Mulino, Bologna

Magaudda P., Neresini F. (a cura di) (2020) Gli studi sociali sulla scienza e la tecnologia, il Mulino, Bologna

Neresini F., Crabu S., Di Buccio E. (2019) «Tracking biomedicalization in the media: Public discourses on health and medicine in the UK and Italy, 1984–2017», SOCIAL SCIENCE AND MEDICINE, 243, pp.1-11 [DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112621]

Neresini F. (2019) Nouvelles technologies, nouveaux laboratoires? L’émergence des instruments à haut-débit dans les laboratoires de biologie moléculaire, in Clarizio E., Guchet X. “Vie, Anthropologie, Politique – Perspectives Italiennes Contemporaines en Philosophie des Techniques”, Paris: Mimesis, pp.117-144

Neresini F., Lorenzet A. (2019) The Great Narrative: analysing the cultural authority of science through media attention in Italy, in Bauer M.W., P. Pansegrau & R. Shukla (eds) “The cultural authority of Science. Comparing across Europe, Asia, Africa and Americas”, London: Routledge, pp.155-170

Brondi S., Neresini F. (2018) «Studying the emergence of a new social representation: Changes in thinking about nanotechnologies in early 21st‐century Italy», EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, First published: 16 February 2018 [DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2369]

Neresini F., Lorenzet A. (2016) «Can media monitoring be a proxy for public opinion about technoscientific controversies? The case of the Italian public debate on nuclear power», in PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE, 25(2), pp.171-185 [DOI: 10.1177/0963662514551506]