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PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds (2016) with an intermedial study on printed and online travel writings about China (visiting fieldwork at Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Postdoc in Media Studies at the City University of Hong Kong (2017) with a research project exploring new media literacies and social media-related self construction practices

Teaching at Polytechnic Insitute of Milan (department of Design) (2018-2020) in the courses of Sociology of Media, Digital Culture, Anthropology of Communication

Postdoc at Tallinn University of Technology (2019-2021): one project focused on data geopolitics with regard to Sub-Sahara Africa datafication by Chinese actors; another project explored Estonia's digital and e-related public services from the perspective of social mobility and through the lens of critical data studies 

Research interests

Main research interests include:

Ethics of data and technology

Tech governance and geopolitics

Smart environments

The social impact of quantum technologies


Beyond academic articles, Calzati has authored four academic books: two in English – Mediating Travel Writing, Mediated China: the Middle Kingdom in Travel Books and Blogs (Common Ground 2018); Beyond the Genre: Approaching Travel (and) Writing through Interviews with Authors and Bloggers (Cambridge Scholars 2019), and two in Italian – Una vita allo schermo: Riflessioni sul cinema da un maestro americano della critica cinematografica (Mimesis 2019) and (De)scrivere la Cina: Voci, testi, mezzi (Franco Angeli 2020). A co-authored book with Prof. Derrick de Kerckhove, titled Quantum Ecology: Exploring the Emerging Sociotechnical Paradigm is expected in Autumn 2023 by MIT Press.

Academic background

BA in Communication and Mass Media (2005) University of Bologna (Erasmus project at Université Paris VIII)

MA in Publishing and Journalism (2009) University La Sapienza of Rome (Leonardo scholarhip to write the thesis in New York)

Research Master in Cultural Analysis (2012) University of Amsterdam

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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