Lecturer

Division: Business, Enterprise and Management

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Isidoropaolo Casteltrione (PhD, BA (Hons), BA) is a Lecturer in the Business, Enterprise and Management Division. He is also an associate member of the Centre for Communication, Cultural & Media Studies.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Activities & Awards

Paolo has a bachelor degree in Communication, an honours degree in Communication, Advertising and PR, and a PhD in Political Communication obtained respectively at the Università Suor Orsola Benincasa (2006), Edinburgh Napier University (2009), and Queen Margaret University (2015).

His PhD project examined the contributions of Facebook to citizens’ political participation in Italy and United Kingdom and his main research interests include social media, online self-presentation, the Internet and information, media and political communication, persuasion, and citizens’ political behaviours.

From 2014 to 2016, Paolo has worked as research administrator/assistant in the AlcoLOLs project, an innovative project running in six Edinburgh high schools and aimed at helping, through dialogue techniques, young people to make confident, informed, choices to navigate situations involving alcohol safely.

From 2016 to 2017 Paolo taught and coordinated a number of modules (e.g. Media Consumption, PR & Activism, etc.) in the Division of Media, Communication & Performing Arts at Queen Margaret University.

Today Paolo operates within the Division of Business, Enterprise and Management. His lectures, seminars and workshops focus on new media, marketing, communication, public relations, activism, politics, research methods, critical management and enterprise creation.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), 2012/2015

Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN), 2011/to date

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

Centre for Communication, Cultural & Media Studies - full member

Paolo is a committed and professional early-career researcher whose main research interests include social, digital and traditional media, dialogue, political communication, and online stakeholders’ engagement. He has recently completed a PhD in which he examined the contributions of Facebook to citizens’ political participation in Italy and the United Kingdom.

 Key Research Skills:

  • A convinced advocate of the mixed methods approach with an in-depth knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Experienced in cross-national comparative research.
  • Specialisations in surveys, interviews, focus groups and online data collection methods.
  • Proficient user of the SPSS statistical software, NVivo and Microsoft Office.
  • Competence in the general management of research projects.

Active Research Interests:

  • Social media
  • Online self-presentation
  • Digital media
  • Political communication
  • Persuasion
  • Online stakeholders’ engagement.

Research Methods:

  • Surveys
  • Qualitative research (e.g. interviews, focus groups)
  • Mixed methods
  • Internet research
  • Cross-national comparative research

http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/view/people/Casteltrione=3APaolo=3A=3A.html

Casteltrione, I. 2017. Facebook and political participation: Going beyond over-optimistic predictions. Northern Lights, 15, pp. 131–148.

Casteltrione, I. 2016. Facebook and political participation: Virtuous circle and participation intermediaries. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 7(2), pp. 177–196.

Casteltrione, I. 2015. The Internet, social networking web sites and political participation research: Assumptions and contradictory evidence. First Monday, 20(3).

Casteltrione, I. 2014. Facebook and Political Information in Italy and the UK: An antidote against political fragmentation and polarisation?. Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, 4(1), pp. 27–49.

Paolo’s lectures, seminars and workshops focus on new media, marketing, communication, public relations, activism, politics, research methods, critical management and enterprise creation.

 

PhD Bursary Competition, Queen Margaret University, 2010

Santander Research Grant Fund, Queen Margaret University, 2015

Vice-Chancellor’s Fund, Queen Margaret University, 2015