Sara Vannini, PhD
Lecturer, Integrated Social Sciences

Sara Vannini is a Lecturer at the UW Integrated Social Science Program and at the Department of Communication. She holds a PhD in Communication Sciences from the University of Lugano, Switzerland, and a M.A. in Latin American Literatures from the University of Bologna, Italy.

Her research interests focus on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for International Development and Social Change, in particular on Public Access to ICTs and Social Appropriation of Technology. She is also interested in working on e-Learning, m-Learning and instructional design in different contexts. In her research, she employs mostly qualitative and mixed methodologies, with a particular relevance to the use of participatory and visual methods.

Selected Publications


Journal Articles

  1. Vannini, S., Gomez, R., Carney, M. A., Mitchell, K. (in press). Interdisciplinary approaches to refugee and migration studies: Lessons from collaborative research on sanctuary in the changing times of Trump. Migration and Society (Vol. 1,1).
  2. Rega, I., Vannini, S., (2018). Public Access Venues and Community Empowerment in Mozambique: A Social Representation StudySemiotica. DOI: 10.1515/sem-2017-0014
  3. Pucciarelli, M., Vannini, S.(2018) Douala as a “hybrid space”: Comparing online and offline representations of a Sub-Saharan city, Semiotica. DOI:
  4. De Ascaniis, S., Vannini, S., Cantoni, L., (2017). Argumentation in photo-driven interviews. A Mozambican case in ICT for Development, Semiotica, Special Issue on Argumentation and Multimodality.
  5. Bentley, C., Nemer, D., Vannini, S.(2017). When words become unclear”: unmasking ICT through visual methodologies in participatory ICT4D. Special Issue on Cultural Diversity and Community Technology Design, for the Springer Journal AI & Society.
  6. Vannini, S., Nemer, D., Halabi, A., Sabiescu, A.G., David, S. (2017) Critical Incidents Analysis: mismatching expectations and reconciling visions in intercultural encounters. The journal of Community Informatics, Vol 13, No 2, Special Issue: CIRN Conference, 2016.
  7. Carney, M. A., Mitchell, K., Gomez, R., Vannini, S.(2017) Sanctuary Planet: A Global Sanctuary Movement for the Time of Trump. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
  8. Gomez, R., Vannini, S.(2017) Neither here nor there: notions of home and sense of belonging in the context of migration in a journey through participatory photography. The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC), 78.
  9. Halabi, A., Sabiescu, A.G., David, S., Vannini, S., Nemer, D. (2015). From Exploration to Design: Aligning Intentionality in Community Informatics Projects, the Journal of Community Informatics – Special Issue: Research Methods for Community Informatics, 11, 3.
  10. Vannini, S., Rega, I., Sala, S., Cantoni, L., (2015). Using Photo-elicitation to Explore Social Representations of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique. The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC), 67,8.
  11. Baia A., Macueve G., Rega I., Cumbula S. D., Vannini S., Cantoni L. (2014). Social Representations of Multimedia Community Centers (CMC) in Mozambique. Revista de Ciências Socias e Humanas, CEA, Vol. 23 (Estudos Moçambicanos), Issue 3, pp. 95-115.
  12. Rega, I., Vannini, S., Fino, E., Cantoni, L. (2013). Exploring the Meanings of Community Multimedia Centers in Mozambique: A Social Representations Perspective. Information Technology and International Development, (ITID), 9,4, pp 35-54.
  13. Vannini, S., Rega, I., Cantoni, L. (2013). Information and Communication Flows through Community Multimedia Centres: Perspectives from Mozambican Communities. Information Technology for Development (ITD), pp. 1-14. DOI:10.1080/02681102.2013.854729.
  14. Rapetti, E., Picco-Schwendener, A., Vannini, S., (2011), Is mobile learning a resource in higher education? Data evidence from an empirical research in Ticino (Switzerland).Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society – EN, Vol. 7, n. 2, May 2011, pp. 47 – 57.
  15. Rapetti, E., Picco-Schwendener, A., Vannini, S., (2011), Mobile Learning: una risorsa nell’educazione universitaria? Risultati da una ricerca in Ticino (Svizzera). Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, Vol. 7, n. 2, May 2011.