Giuseppe Tipaldo

Associate Professor (L. 240)
Department of Control and Computer Engineering (DAUIN)

Profile

Research interests

Computer-assisted text analysis
Epistemic wars
Local oppositions to mega- plants and infrastructures
Public engagement in science and technology
Science and technology dissemination
Social media analysis
Sociology of ai
Sociology of pseudoscience
Strategic communication
Technoscientific conflicts

Biography

Giuseppe Tipaldo's career embodies a journey through academia, research, and innovation, underscored by a profound commitment to understanding the intersections between science and technology, media, politics and society. His research is marked by an interdisciplinary approach, blending insights from Sociology (particularly in the fields of Science and Technology studies), Computer-Assisted Text Analysis, and (digital) media studies. He has applied sociological imagination to the analysis of conflicts between epistemic authorities and their effects on politics and society. Particularly, he gained expertise in technoscientific conflicts, such as: 8 (local) opposition against mega-projects (waste treatment facilities, incinerators, industrial and power plants, new railway lines); 8 vaccine hesitancy; 8 science v so called "pseudo-science" or "alternative-knowledge" involving food, medical and environmental issues. Within the above briefly sketched framework, Tipaldo is currently keen on grasping trustworthy answers to some of the following cognitive questions: EPISTEMOLOGICAL LEVEL: ? are we currently living in an age of epistemic uncertainty, for which sociological reasons and with what long-term effects ? is there any evidence which links (probably not in a deterministic fashion) the most relativistic perspectives of post-modernism to the current epistemic wars that (what is considered to be) official science is battling with a plurality of alternative epistemic authorities? EMPIRICAL LEVEL (see current lines of research) METHODOLOGICAL LEVEL: ? Changes in Computer-Assisted Text Analysis (specifically semantic content analysis) with the popularisation of Gen-AI ? Source critique in the deep-fake age: methodological reflections and insights across (digital) social research, historiography and semiotics.

Research topics

  • “Knowledge Authority in Transition: Epistemic Instability and the crisis of the «Social Media Bubble»"
  • Ai-pocalyptic or (a)integrated? Computer-assisted text analysis of the public representation of Artificial Intelligence online
  • Analysis of Eurosceptic discourses in techno-scientific, media and political conflicts concerning sustainability and the European Agricultural Policy.
  • Boundary wars. Epistemic authorities and societies in transition.
  • Vax-Trust Project on Vaccine hesitancy (Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement No 965280).

Skills

ERC sectors

SH3_12 - Communication and information, networks, media
SH3_13 - Digital social research
SH4_13 - Philosophy of science, epistemology, logic
SH3_14 - Social studies of science and technology

SDG

Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

Fellowships

  • Advisory Board member - Symposium on Circular Economy and Urban Mining, Italia (2022-)
  • Scientific Committee member - Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca sulla Comunicazione - CIRCe, Italia (2021-2024)

Editorial boards

  • RASSEGNA ITALIANA DI SOCIOLOGIA (2023), Guest Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • SINAPSI (2022-), Director

Conferences

  • Beyond digital political communication: platforms, algorithms and automation. Convegno Nazionale Associazione Italiana di Comunicazione Politica (8/6/2023-10/6/2023), Program committee

Teaching

Collegi of the PhD programmes

  • SOCIOLOGIA E METODOLOGIA DELLA RICERCA SOCIALE, 2022/2023 (39. ciclo)
    Università degli Studi di MILANO
  • SCIENZE E PRATICHE DELLA COMUNICAZIONE, 2022/2023 (39. ciclo)
    Università degli Studi di PAVIA
  • SOCIOLOGIA E METODOLOGIA DELLA RICERCA SOCIALE, 2021/2022 (38. ciclo)
    Università degli Studi di MILANO

Collegi of the degree programmes

Teachings

Master of Science

MostraNascondi A.A. passati

Bachelor of Science

MostraNascondi A.A. passati

Publications

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