Dr Elisa Serafinelli
BA (Siena), MA (Roma TRE), PhD (Hull)
Telephone: 0114 222 6470 (external), 26470 (internal)
Room: Elmfield, 110
Elisa specialises in Media, Communication and Society with six years of experience in research and teaching. Elisa obtained her Doctorate in 2015 (Dpt of Social Sciences, University of Hull) with a research project focusing on the interrelationships between new mobile technologies and the social communication of photography. Her dissertation examined how the mediation of digital technologies affords the development of new social behaviors within the media convergence landscape.
Elisa started her academic career in Italy (BA Universita’ di Siena, MA Universita’ di Roma TRE) where she had chance to work as teaching assistant for various modules in Digital Media. Since the beginning of her studies Elisa has been developing a personal interest in the relationships between new media and visual communication. That experience allowed her to further work for other Universities (RUFA - Rome University of Fine Arts, Macquarie University of Sydney, University of Central Lancashire, and the University of Hull) and private institutions.
Elisa's research focuses on the analysis of the use of mobile media and the social behaviors that arise from it. Particularly, she is interested in investigating how the mediation of digital technologies and social media platforms modify people's behaviors through thematic areas: political economy, privacy, surveillance, identity, memory, social relationships. Elisa is also interested in studying the practice of photo sharing and how visual communication online changes the people's daily habits.
Elisa's empirical work involves qualitative research methods from the field of human computer interaction and more ethnographic approaches. She is also interested in designing new online research methods for an appropriate study of mediated phenomena.
2018-2020: British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant. Project Awarded: 'Users' and developers' perspectives on drone usage' (Principal Investigator) [Grant Ref: SRG18R1\180618].
Publications since 2005
Serafinelli E. (2018): Digital Life on Instagram. New Social Communication of Photography. Bingley: Emerald.
Karatzogianni A., Nguyen D., Serafinelli E. (eds.) (2016): The Digital Transformation of the Public Sphere. London: Palgrave McMillan.
Serafinelli E. (2016): 'Italian Migrants and Photo Sharing Practices in the UK', in Karatzogianni A., Nguyen D., Serafinelli E. (eds): The Digital Transformation of the Public Sphere. London: Palgrave McMillan, pp. 341-362.
Serafinelli E. (in press): ‘Networked remembrance in the time of #InstaMemories’, Special Issue: Studying Instagram Beyond Selfies, Social Media + Society.
Serafinelli E. & Cox A. (2019): ‘Privacy does not interest me’. A comparative analysis of photo sharing on Instagram and Blipfoto, Visual Studies, 34(1), 67-78. https://doi.org/10.1080/1472586X.2019.1621194
Laura P., Laure F., Reilly P. & Serafinelli E. (2018): expectations of critical infrastructure operators in times of crisis, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, https://doi.org/10.1080/23789689.2018.1469358
Serafinelli E., Villi M. (2017): Mobile Mediated Visualities. An Empirical Study of Visual Practices on Instagram. Digital, Culture and Society, 3(2), https://doi.org/10.14361/dcs-2017-0210
Serafinelli E. (2017): Analysis of Photo Sharing and Visual Social Relationships. Instagram as Case Study. Photographies, 10(1):91-111. doi/full/10.1080/17540763.2016.1258657.
Peer-reviewed Conference Papers and Proceedings
Petersen L., Fallou L., Reilly P., and Serafinelli E. (2018): Public expectations of critical infrastructure operators in times of crisis. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure. https://doi.org/10.1080/23789689.2018.1469358
Reilly P., Serafinelli E., Stevenson R., Petersen L., Fallou L. (2018): Enhancing Critical Infrastructure Resilience Through Information-Sharing: Recommendations for European Critical Infrastructure Operators. In Chowdhury G., Mckeod J., Gillet V., and Willet P. (eds): Transforming Digital Worlds. 13th International Conference, iConference 2018 Sheffield, UK, March 25-28 2018 Proceedings. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-78105-1_15
Petersen L., Fallou L., Reilly P., Serafinelli E. (2017): Public Expectations of Disaster Information Provided by Critical Infrastructure Operators: Lessons Learned from Barreiro, Portugal. In Dokas, I.M., Bellamine-Ben Saoud, N., Dugdale, J., Díaz, P. (Eds.) Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management in Mediterranean Countries. 4th International Conference, ISCRAM-med 2017, Xanthi, Greece, October 18-20, 2017.
Petersen L., Fallou L., Reilly P., Serafinelli E. (2017): Public expectations of social media use by critical infrastructure operators during crises: Lessons learned from France, 2nd Conference on Information Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction, Sofia, Bulgaria, October 25th – 27th, 2017.
[Award nominated] Petersen L., Fallou L., Reilly P., Serafinelli E. (2017): Public Expectations of Social Media use by Critical Infrastructure Operators in Crisis Communication, 14th International Conference of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, Albi, France 21st May.
Petersen, L., Fallou, L., Reilly, P., and Serafinelli, E. (2017) Critical infrastructure operators, risk communication and community resilience, Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability, Vienna, Austria, 6th -10th August.
Petersen, L., Fallou, L., Reilly, P., and Serafinelli, E. (2017) Exploring public expectations for aid from critical infrastructure operators, Proceedings of 52nd European Security, Reliability & Data Association Seminar, Lithuanian Energy Institute, Kaunas, Lithuania, 30-31 May.
Petersen, L., Fallou, L., Reilly, P., and Serafinelli, E. (2017) Public expectations of social media use by critical infrastructure operators in crisis communication, Proceedings of 14th International Conference on Information System for Crises Response and Management, Albi, France, 21st May.