I am a Research Fellow in the Data Science Lab at Warwick Business School looking at how complex social systems behave. Together with Liz Buckingham-Jeffery, I organise Databeers Warwick, an informal networking event for all those interested in data stories.
After an undergraduate degree in Physics and a Masters degree in theoretical physics both at Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, I joined the Doctoral Training Centre in Complexity Science at the University of Warwick. I received a second Masters degree in Complexity Science and then carried on to obtain my PhD.
My research focuses on complex social systems and is aimed at providing a deeper understanding of how such systems behave. Technological devices, such as smart phones, and technological systems, such as the Internet, provide an unprecedented source of information on human behaviour and my work focuses on investigating how people interact with these systems.
These interactions often contribute to create a deeply interconnected structure that can be analysed using tools from network science, a recent interdisciplinary part of complex systems science.
Using different tools ranging from network theory to physical and computer sciences, I analyse large data sets to study social systems and human behaviour. Part of my research also focuses on improving current techniques in the analysis of networked systems.
I am also a member of the Complex Systems Society, an Advisory Board member of the Young Researchers Networks on Complex Systems and a registered independent expert for European research and innovation, for which I acted as an external expert and evaluator in the H2020 framework.
I have undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience and in the academic year 2013/2014 I was awarded a commendation in the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduate Research Students.
I serve as peer reviewer for international journals (Scientific Reports, PLOS ONE, Europhysics Letters (EPL), IEEE Pervasive Computing, Physica A, Physics Letters A, Social Science Computer Review) and for international conferences (IC2S2, ICWSM, CCS, SocInfo, Data for Policy, Complex Networks).