Paolo joined the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London in September 2012 taking a post of Lecturer in Digital Culture and Society. Previously he had been an Associate Lecturer in Journalism and Communication, at the Media Department at Middlesex University, and an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo (AUC).
He holds a PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College, where he worked under the supervision of Professor Nick Couldry.
- Social media in contemporary activism
- The transformation of political parties
- Political communication
- Youth subcultures
Paolo Gerbaudo's research focuses on the transformation of politics in the digital era, in the context of social movements and political parties. His first book Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism (2012) critically assessed the impact of social media on the wave of movements of 2011 from the Arab Spring, to the Spanish 'indignados' and Occupy Wall Street, highlighting not only the potentials but also the risks of isolation and evanescence social media bring to the contemporary protest experience. His last book The Digital Party explores the transformation of political parties in the digital era, looking at new formations such as the Five Star Movement and Podemos. He is currently writing a book on the ideology of the populist era, focusing on notions of control and protection that lie at the heart of contemporary political discourse.
His research methodology combines discourse analysis, qualitative interviews with organisers, and social media analysis.
Paolo welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of his research interests.
Please see Paolo's Research Profile further details.
Expertise and Public Engagement
Paolo is a member of MECCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association), ECREA (European Communication and Research Education Association), IAMCR (International Association of Communication Research). He has presented papers at the conferences of the aforementioned organisations as well as at the ISA (International Sociological Association) and ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research). Paolo has made guest appearances on a number of TV and radio shows, from the BBC World Service Newshour, to Al Jazeera's English The Listening Post. He is a contributor to the Italian newspaper il manifesto, to UK magazine Red Pepper and to UniNomade website.
Gerbaudo, P., 2019, In : Party Politics. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068819884878
Gerbaudo, P., Marogna, F. & Alzetta, C., 2019, In : Social Media + Society . 5 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F2056305119881695
Gerbaudo, P., 8 May 2018, In : Media Culture & Society. 40, 5, p. 745-753 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/0163443718772192
Gerbaudo, P., 2018, London: Pluto Press. 226 p. Research output: Book/Report - Book
Gerbaudo, P., 29 May 2017, In : tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. 15, 2, p. 477-489 13 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Gerbaudo, P. & Screti, F., 2017, In : Javnost. 24, 4, p. 320-335 16 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/13183222.2017.1330089
Gerbaudo, P., 2017, In : Social Movement Studies. 16, 1, p. 36-50 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/14742837.2016.1194749
Gerbaudo, P., 2017, london: Hurst & Company, London. Research output: Book/Report - Book
Pybus, J., Cote, M. E. & Gerbaudo, P., Dec 2016, In : Digital Culture and Society. 2, 2, p. 5-15 10 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Gerbaudo, P., 29 Mar 2016, In : Information Communication & Society. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2016.1161817