Dr. A. Pelizza (Annalisa)

Associate professor
Ravelijn room RA 4408

Annalisa Pelizza
PO Box 217
NL - 7500 AE Enschede

E-mail: a.pelizza (at)
Telephone: (053) 489 2709

Annalisa Pelizza is Associate professor at Science, Technology and Policy Studies. She studied Media and Communication Sciences at the University of Bologna (2003, cum laude), and holds a Ph.D. in Information Society from the University of Milan-Bicocca (2009, outstanding). From 2006 to 2013 she worked as project manager and ethnographer at governmental organizations and engineering companies, developing large-scale IT infrastructures. She joined UT in 2013 as Marie Curie Fellow. She has also been active in community and artistic techno-social experimentation. Between 2017 and 2022 she will be the Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project “Processing Citizenship: Digital registration of migrants as co-production of citizens, territory and Europe”, which will extend her “Vectorial Glance” framework to the analysis of the trans-governmental European information infrastructure for migrant registration.

Being originally trained in media studies, semiotics and computer science, Annalisa moved to the field of digital media and information infrastructures, analyzing them from the perspective of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies.

Her research activities focus on:

More recently, her research has concentrated on governmental information infrastructures as ideal sites to uncover micro-processes of denationalization. In her current work she elaborates the “Vectorial Glance”, a performative materialist framework that conceives of government digitization programs as processes that can make visible longer-term phenomena of state transformation.

In this context she has written on citizenship (i.e., analysis of civil registers, Pelizza 2016a) and territory (i.e., analysis of land registers, Pelizza 2016b; forthcoming). Her new ERC Starting Grant (“Processing Citizenship”, 2017-2022) project focuses on these foundational institutions in the moment in which they are negated. Processing Citizenship indeed aims to develop a history of the present that accounts for contemporary materially-embedded practices of registration of migrants at Hotspots in Greece and Italy as activities of governance (trans)formation.
Full CV


Articles on peer-reviewed international journals

Book chapters (also peer-reviewed)

  • Pelizza, A. and Kuhlmann, S. (forthcoming, 2016), ‘Mining Governance Mechanisms. Innovation policy, practice and theory facing algorithmic decision-making’, in Carayannis, E. G., Campbell, D. F., Efthymiopoulos, M. P. (Eds.), Handbook of Cyber-Development, Cyber-Democracy, and Cyber-Defense. (Berlin: Springer).
  • Pelizza, A. (2008), ‘Stretching the Line into a Borderland of Potentiality. Communication technologies between security tactics and cultural practices’, in Aurigi A., De Cindio, F. (Eds.), Augmented Urban Spaces. Articulating the Physical and Electronic City, 235-254. (Aldershot: Ashgate).
    - Peer-reviewed
  • Pelizza, A. (2007), ‘The Meta7-Medium Experiment’, in AA.VV., re.sonance. network. mission. 007. (Vienna: sonance).
  • Pelizza, A. (2005), ‘Dall'Auditel al General Intellect. Un modello evolutivo del pubblico televisivo' [From Auditel to General Intellect. An evolutionary model of TV audience], in Adamoli, P. and Marinelli, M. (Eds.), Comunicazione, media e società. Premio Baskerville ‘Mauro Wolf' 2004, 45-78. (Bologna: Baskerville).
    - Award winning paper (close second) at the 1st edition of the Mauro Wolf Prize on Media and Society.

Conference proceedings (also peer-reviewed)

  • Pelizza, A. (2016), ‘Materializing Autarchy. Counter-evidence of vendor lock-in in the Dutch cadastral information systems’, Paper submitted to the 2016 World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), RC32, Panel “Reshuffling Government”. Poznan (PL), 23-28 July.
  • Pelizza, A. and Mattozzi, A. (2015), ‘Beyond the materiality vs. discourse dichotomy. Recovering “enunciation” and “delegation” to account for governance of and through information infrastructures’, Working paper for the Roads less travelled. Exploring new connections between Media Research and STS International workshop. University of Siegen (DE), 5-6 February.
    - Peer-reviewed
  • Pelizza, A. (2014), ‘Translating Governmentality. A co-productionist view of the Digitization of Governmental Information Flows’, Paper submitted to the Graz STS Conference Critical Issues in Science and Technology Studies. Graz (AT), 5-6 May.
  • Pelizza, A. (2014), ‘Online interfaces as relational hubs. The case of an identity management system’, Paper submitted to 5th STS Italia conference A Matter of Design. Milan (IT), 12-14 June.
  • Pelizza, A. (2010), ‘Openness as an Asset. A classification system for online communities based on Actor-Network Theory', Proceedings of WikiSym 2010, 6th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration. (New York: ACM Press). DOI: 10.1145/1832772.1832784
    - Peer-reviewed, Awarded Best Paper at Wikisym 2010

Non peer-reviewed articles and PhD thesis

  • Pelizza, A. and Hoppe, R. (2014), ‘Wil je ICT-problemen oplossen? Maak dan controversen zichtbaar!’, Binnenlands Bestuur.
  • Pelizza, A. (2009), ‘Sei su Facebook? No, grazie' [Do you have a Facebook account? I’d prefer not], Inchiesta. Rivista di Studi Politici, 166 (October/December).
  • Pelizza, A. (2009), Tracing back Communities: An Analysis of Ars Electronica's Digital Communities archive from an ANT perspective. Ph.D. thesis, University of Milan-Bicocca.
    - Evaluated “outstanding” by PhD committee
  • Pelizza, A. (2006), ‘Comunicare l'immediatezza. Una televisione dal basso a Rotterdam' [Communicating Immediacy. The case of the grassroots TV broadcaster in Rotterdam], Inchiesta. Rivista di Studi Politici, 152 (April/June): 12-18.
  • Pelizza, A. (2006), ‘‘Fare televisione’ come tecnologia del sé: Per una ricombinazione di produttore e fruitore’ [Doing Television as Technology of the Self. Towards a recombination of producer and user], Scuola e Città, special issue on media literacy.
  • Pelizza, A. (2005), ‘Spazi pubblici a un bivio: Per un’interpretazione del tema del degrado. Il caso del PSC del Comune di Bologna’ [Public Spaces at a Crossroads. Interpreting Discourses on Urban Disorder: the case of the Municipality of Bologna], E/C Journal of the Italian Association of Semiotic Studies, 4.

Teaching (academic year 2015/2016, see CV for more)

PhD and master supervision

  • “Science and Technology Studies” course, master programs “Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society” and “Industrial Design”, University of Twente.
  • “Reflection on data management” and “Politics by algorithms”, bachelor programs “Computer Science”, “Business Informatics”, “Creative Technologies”, University of Twente.
  • “Theory and Practice of Interaction in Digital Art” course, bachelor program “Creative Technologies”, University of Twente.
  • “Analysing Technology in Society” course, bachelor program “Advanced Technology”, University of Twente.

Visiting fellowships

  • February-June 2017, Paris Institute of Advanced Studies, Paris (FR)
  • December 2016, Munich Center for Technology in Society, Munich (DE)
  • August 2006, Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory ‘Technospheres: Futures of Thinking’. Human Research Institute, University California Irvine, CA (US)

Grants, prizes and fellowships

Project Type

Funding Institution(s)



Grant, Principal Investigator

European Research Council (ERC), Starting Grant.

Excellence in Science pillar

Highly competitive (10% success rate) fellowship for excellent researchers

European Commission, Horizon 2020 program, European Research Council

2017/ 2022



Long-term Fellowship, Individual

Chancellor’s Fellowship in Data Science (leading to tenured position)


University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science, Science, Technology and Innovation unit

From 2016 onwards


Visiting Fellowship, Individual

Paris IAS 2017-2018 Fellowship

Paris Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), in collaboration with Institut des Sciences

de la Communication, CNRS/Paris Sorbonne/UPMC



Grant, Leader WP1 and co-leader WP5, participant in other WPs

Grand Challenge 5- 03

“EU-MACS. European market for climate service”


European Commission, Horizon2020 program

2016/ 2018



Grant, Individual

IEF Marie Curie Grant for Career Development

Excellence in Science pillar

Highly competitive (10-15% success rate) grant

European Commission FP7 for Research, Research Executive Agency (REA)

2013/ 2015



Prize, Individual

Ph.D. thesis-drawn essay ‘Openness as an Asset. A Classification System for Online Communities based on Actor-Network Theory’ awarded ‘Best Paper’ (approx. 500 international participants)

WikiSym 2010, 6th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration. Conference organizers: Wikipedia, TJEF: The John Ernest Foundation, CM Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia, and Web (SIGWEB).



Prize, spokesperson

Digital Communities competition, Award of Distinction (2nd prize)

Prix Ars Electronica, Linz (AT). Oldest world-wide competition for digital technologies and society


Euro 5.000

Grant, Individual

Ranked 1st at PhD Program admission test (about 30 candidates). Scholarship for Ph.D. attendance

University of Milan-Bicocca

2004/ 2007

Euro 30.000


Prize, Individual

Master thesis-derived paper awarded close-second winner of the 1st edition of the Mauro Wolf Prize on the social effects of media

Baskerville Publisher, University of Bologna, University of Rome Sapienza, University of Milan


Euro 1.400


Positions of trust and editorial activities:

  • 2016-Current, Member UT @ Young Academy, University of Twente, NL (invited)
  • 2015-2016, Member Strategy Committee, STƏPS, University of Twente, NL
  • 2013-Current, Faculty member, Behavioural, Management and Social Studies, University of Twente, NL
  • 2010-2013, Procurement committee member, Lepida S.p.A. (nominated by CEO)
  • 2006-2013, International Scientific Advisory Board for Digital Communities, Prix Ars Electronica Linz, AT (invited)
  • 2013–Current, Editorial Board member, Tecnoscienza – Italian Journal of Science and Technology Studies. Editor of the Scenario section, with Francesca Musiani (peer-reviewed international open access STS journal, invited).

Membership of scientific and academic societies:

  • 2016 / current, member, International Political Science Association (IPSA)
  • 2015 / current, member, Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC)
  • 2014 / current, member, Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
  • 2010 / current, member, EASST - European Association for the Study of Science and Technology
  • 2010 / current, member, STS Italia - Italian Association for Science and Technology Studies

Public engagement and impact

Consultancy to governments and businesses developing large-scale IT programs.
Long engaged with techno-social experimentation of networked media (e.g., Telestreet network of grassroots urban broadcasters). Art projects and workshops at digital media venues like Transmediale Berlin, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art Rotterdam, Ars Electronica Linz, International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Invited lectures (latest 5)

  • 27-28 October 2016
    Opening talk, participation based on invitation letter
    European Commission and Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum, in collaboration with International Organization for Migration, Latvian and Ukrainian governments, Riga (LT).
  • 29 January 2016
    Key-note discussion, participation based on invitation letter
    STS Italia Decennial celebration, University of Rome Sapienza, (IT).
    Discussion with Karin Knorr-Cetina about ‘The Society of Algorithms’ and her research on financial algorithms.
  • 25 November 2015
    Colloquium, participation based on invitation letter
    Maastricht Department of Technology & Society Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University (NL).
    Lecture title: ‘Circulating Authority. Integrating government information systems as governance reshuffling’.
  • 24 June 2015
    Workshop, participation based on invitation letter
    Institute for History of Technology, ETH Zurich (CH).
    Lecture title: ‘Historicizing State Digitization’
  • 07 April 2015
    Colloquium, participation based on invitation letter
    Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT), University of Tilburg (NL).
    Lecture title: ‘Developing the Vectorial Glance: the contribution of STS to the iGovernment agenda’.