Italy – University of Milan (UMIL)

Brief description of the legal entity

The University of Milan, established in 1924, is a public multidisciplinary teaching and research institution, which - with 7 faculties, 134 degree programs (undergraduate and graduate levels), 19 Doctoral Schools and 92 Specialisation Schools, 58 departments, 48 institutes and a teaching staff of 2,500 - is distinguished by its wide variety of disciplinary fields. It is one the largest universities in Italy with approximately 65,000 enrolled students, and a leading institute in Italy and Europe for scientific productivity. Considerable achievements in research allowed obtaining 7th place (and 1st in Italy) in the University of Leiden’s ranking for scientific productivity among European universities. The University of Milan is the only Italian university to be a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), the prestigious organisation founded in 2002 as an association of research-intensive universities sharing the values of high-quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research.

The Department of Social and Political Studies of the same University is the largest and most active one in the area of social and political studies. The Department holds a strong interdisciplinary statute, incorporating teachers and researchers across the social sciences and political disciplines (sociology, political science, communication, psychology, political philosophy, anthropology and organizational studies). It has a staff of 22 full and associate professors and 25 researchers and research assistants. The Department is the administrative home for PhD programs in Sociology and Political Institutions and Public Policies, both sections of the Graduate School in Social, Economic and Political Sciences of the University of Milan.

Main tasks/previous experience relevant to those tasks

The development of a MAS index in the participating countries is one of the main tasks of the Italian team. Furthermore, as one of three partners, the Italian team will be in charge of the interpretation of the comparative data collected in the field studies and the editing of the scientific book publication. The project will benefit from team manager Gianpietro Mazzoleni, who is an expert for comparative research and has been previously engaged in several international teams doing comparative studies studies and Sergio Splendore as research associate.

Short profile of the staff member

Prof. Dr. Gianpietro Mazzoleni is Full Professor of Sociology of Communication and of Political Communication at the University of Milan. He is Post-Graduate Coordinator of the MA Program in Public & Corporate Communication.He received his BA in Sociology from St Anselm College (Manchester, NH) and the PhD from the University of Rome-La Sapienza.

He has been visiting scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication (Philadephia), the Wissenschafteszentrum Berlin, SciencesPo (Paris), the Institute of Political Sciences of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, the Centre for Communication Research and Development of the University of Southern Queensland (Australia); visiting professor of Political Communication at the University of Innsbruck and in 2006 visiting professor at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). He served as chair of the Euromedia Research Group from 1998 to 2004, and chair of the political communication division (2004-2006) of the ICA (International Communication Association). He has been also vice-chair of the Management Committee of COST ACTION A30: “East of West”, funded by the European Science Foundation the years 2005-2009 ( ).

He is co-founder and editor of the refereed journal Comunicazione Politica, published by Il Mulino (Bologna). He serves also in the editorial boards of the European Journal of Communication (Sage) and of Political Communication (Taylor & Francis), and is editor of the book series in Political Communication of Hampton Press.

His main research interests are in the areas of mass communication, media policy and political communication. He has published extensively on these topics domestically and internationally.

Sergio Splendore, Ph.D. He has been Visiting Fellow at the Department of Social Science, Loughborough University in 2004/2005 and adjunct lecturer in Media Sociology at the University of Milan in 2007/2008. His field if study is media production analysis both for news and entertainment. He is co-author for the book Giornalismo in mutazione (Genova, Erga Edizioni, 2005) with Marina Milan and author of the book Sociologia del format (Milano, Unicopli, 2009). He is now working as research assistant at the Department of Social and Political Studies, University of Milan.

About MediaAcT

MediaAcT is a comparative research project on media accountability systems in EU member states as indicators for media pluralism in Europe.


Funded by the EC

Project funded under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanties


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