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Giovanni is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. His research interests include the relationship between authoritarian regimes in Asia and the language and tactics of democracy; the role new communication media have in politics; the meaning of representation and the role of civil society in contemporary democracies. Giovanni also works on issues related to current Italian politics, especially with regard to Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement.
Giovanni’s currently working on two research projects: one focuses on the effects communication media have on prevailing power-dynamics between state and citizens in China; the second is about the role Networked Citizens play in media-saturated societies.
He is the co-editor of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative between the Sydney Democracy Network and The Conversation. The material published in this series aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. Giovanni and John Watson (Politics and Society Editor at The Conversation) coordinate the project, with the assistance of Rachell Li (SDN).
Giovanni also convenes a fortnightly research seminar series for SDN. He has a PhD in Politics and Media from the University of Westminster and a Degree in Philosophy from the University of Catania.
Personal website: http://www.giovanninavarria.com/
Email: giovanni.navarria[at]sydney.edu.au; giovanninavarria[at]gmail.com