Sara Vannini holds a PhD in Communication Sciences, in the field of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), from the Università della Svizzera italiana – USI, Lugano, Switzerland, and a M.A. in Latin American Literatures from the University of Bologna, Italy.
She is currently Visiting PostDoctoral Researcher at the TASCHA Group of the University of Washington Information School (Seattle, USA), Executive Director of the NewMinE Lab and Post-Doctoral Researcher at the BeCHANGE Research Group, both at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, Lugano, Switzerland).
Her research interests are in the field of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) and Community Development, and include:
Social Representations Theory, Public Access to ICTs, Social Appropriation of Technology, Migration and Border Studies, Indigenous Studies, e-Learning and m-Learning, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Health Communication, Communication for Development, and Participatory Methodologies such as photo-elicitation, photo-stories and visual methods.
She is a member of IPID, the International Network for PG Students in ICT4D, of IDIA, International Development Informatics Association, of CIRN, Community Informatics Research Network, and of RIIR, Red de Investigación sobre Imaginarios y Representaciones Sociales.