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Gian Marco Campagnolo

Gian Marco Campagnolo
Dr Gian Marco Campagnolo
Attic Office Old Surgeons' Hall High School Yards Edinburgh UK EH1 1LZ
+44 (0)131 650 2843
Research Interests
Valuation Studies, Social Data Science, Sociology of Images, Sociology of Business Knowledge, social studies of markets, Social Studies of ICT


I am Lecturer in Science & Technology Studies and Turing Inaugural Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, where I research and teach in the sociology of data science. My research empirically focuses on 'big data' and its role in decision-making in business and policy settings. Methodologically, my focus is on demonstrating the role of micro-empirical social research in the development of the new discipline of social data science. I am currently leading an inter-disciplinary  team of social researchers, statisticians and computer scientists developing research using professional networking data to analyse careers in the IT sector. Here is the project's micro-site. I also coordinate the social science input to the Edinburgh Data Science virtual campus. Previously, I have been visiting research fellow at Ecole des Mines in Paris and post-doc fellow at University of Trento (Italy), where I have also been consultant for the government’s digital agenda. I am interested in supervising PhD research addressing data science applications in policy-making and sport science.

Recent Papers

Campagnolo, G.M., Pollock, N. & Williams, R. (2015) “Technology as we do not know it: the extended practice of global software development”, Information & OrganizationVolume 25, Issue 3, July 2015, Pages 150–159.

Johnson, M., Mozaffar, H., Williams, R., Campagnolo, G.M., Hyysalo, S., Pollock, N. (2014) “The managed prosumer: Evolving knowledge strategies in the design of information infrastructures”. Information, Communication & Society, Published Online.  17:7, 795-813.

Campagnolo, G.M. (2013) “The Evolution of Client-Consultant Relationships: A Situational Analysis of IT Consultancy in the Public Sector”. Financial and Accountability Management, 29(2), 161-185.

Campagnolo, G.M., Fele, G., (2010) "From Specifications to Specific Vagueness: How Enterprise Software Mediates Engineering Relations". Engineering Studies, 2(3), 221-243.

Edited Books

Viscusi, G., Campagnolo, G.M., Curzi, Y., (2012) Phenomenology, Organizational Politics and IT Design: The Social Study of Information Systems, IGI Global, Hershey, PA.

Book Chapters

Pollock, N., Campagnolo, G.M. (2015) “Subitizing Practices and Market Decisions. The Role of Simple Graphs In Business Settings” in Making Things Valuable, Martin Kornberger, Lise Jusesen, Jan Moursitsen & Anders Koed Madsen (Eds), Oxford University Press. (In Press).

Campagnolo, G.M., Ducati, S. (2010) “Changing Spaces for Social Learning in ERP Implementation: a Situational Analysis”, in: A. D’Atri, M. De Marco, A. M. Braccini, F. Cabiddu (eds), Management of the Interconnected World, Springer Physica-Verlag, pp. 97-104.

Campagnolo, G.M. (2010) “La prospettiva actor-network”, in: T.M. Fabbri (ed.), L’organizzazione: concetti e metodi, Carocci, Rome, pp. 243-255.

Campagnolo G.M. (2008) “Multi-sited ethnography and comparative case studies on technological implementation in the manufacturing industry” in A. Comacchio, A. Pontiggia, (eds.), L’organizzazione fa la differenza?, Carocci, Rome, pp. 95-111.

Campagnolo G.M., Jacucci G. (2006), “Designing the Accountability of Enterprise Architectures”, in J. Berleur, M.I. Nurminen & J. Impagliazzo (eds.), Social Informatics: An Information Society for All? In Remembrance of Rob Kling, Springer, New York, pp. 355-366.

Erbizzoni E., Teli M., Campagnolo G.M., De Paoli S., D’Andrea V. (2006), “Free/Open Source ERPs and translation processes: four empirical cases”, in A. Min Tjoa, L. Xu, S. Chaudhry (eds.) Research and Practical Issues of Enterprise Information Systems, Springer, New York, pp. 695- 704. 

Other Publications

Topics interested in supervising

I am currently interested in supervising postgraduate students wanting to undertake ethnographic studies of 'data science' applications, qualitatively analysing the full data life-cycle from production, to analysis, consumption, data presentation and related controversies. I am open to consider PhDs wanting to address this topic with empirical cases from different fields, from marketing to policy making to performance measurement including sport. See video for more information on my research on big data and sport:

If you are interested in being supervised by Gian Marco Campagnolo, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Science and Technology Studies