His research interests revolve around communications policy and the political economy of media, with a particular focus on issues around public service media, the politics of media policy and the digital adaptation and transformation of media industries.
Alessandro is currently Principal Investigator for an AHRC-funded Research Network on ‘Innovation in Public Service Media (PSM) Policies’ (2019-2020) with Minna Horowitz (U. of Helsinki), a project promoting collaborations among academics and between academics and the wider PSM community of stakeholders represented in the network’s Steering Committee which includes Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF), BBC, European Broadcasting Union, OfCom, Public Media Alliance, and the Finnish public service broadcaster YLE.
Alessandro is the author of Media and Politics in Contemporary Italy (Lexington 2015) and numerous invited chapters in edited collections and research papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Media, Culture & Society, Journal of Information Policy, International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, Journal of Media Business Studies, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies and Journal of Children and the Media
Alessandro currently serves as Co-Chair of the Public Service Media Policies Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and as Associate Editor of Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture (Intellect). He is also on the editorial board of the journal Media and Communication. He is a member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College and the European Science Foundation (ESF) College of Expert Reviewers. He is Subject Group Representative for technē AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. He has served as External Examiner at Royal Holloway University, Montfort University and Brunel University.
Before pursuing an academic career, Alessandro had worked as a media industry analyst and contributed to numerous consultancy reports.
Alessandro has significant experience of doctoral supervision and he welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students about supervising research projects in his fields of interest (communication policy, media and politics, and media industry studies).