CfP: Digital Sustainability


Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance

Special Thematic Issue on Digital Sustainability

Abstracts Due     15 August 2020

Scholars are invited to submit abstracts for a special issue on the theme Digital Sustainability, guest edited by Dr. Massimo Ragnedda (Northumbria University, UK) and Prof. Dr. Glenn Muschert (Khalifa University of Science & Technology, UAE). Submissions will be peer reviewed and considered for publication in a special issue on the theme commissioned by Emerald Publishing’s peer-reviewed journal Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance.

SPECIAL ISSUE THEME: The special issue theme is “Digital Sustainability.” The decade of the 2020s is simultaneously the age of digital transformation and the time in which humanity has established a coherent set of sustainability goals to be achieved by 2030, namely the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). What is less commonly discussed is the role that digital technologies, digital skills, and digital social life will play in the pursuit and maintenance of a sustainable future. This special issue offers a forum for that conversation to develop, as a venue in which social scientists, STS scholars, and other digital scholars can explore the concept of digital sustainability with an eye toward establishing a conceptual framework for defining and theorizing digital sustainability, for studying and assessing digital sustainability, and for plotting out applied methodologies for implementing principles of digital sustainability in real, augmented, and virtual spheres. Thus, this special issue on digital sustainability will open up new scholarly and applied conversations regarding precisely the intersection between digital aspects of human life and wider sustainability concerns for humanity and the planet.


Lecture series in Media and Communication studies. Manipal Institute of Communication

As part of the Lecturer Series in Media and Communication Studies, organized by Manipal Institute of Communication (India), I have been invited to give a talk on the concept of Digital Capital.

This talk contributed both theoretically and empirically to the literature by (a) consolidating the concept of Digital Capital as a specific capital, and (b) empirically measuring it. It adopts a holistic variable (digital capital), conceived and measured as a specific capital and which is comprehensive of a number of aspects related to both digital competences and digital devices. In this lesson, I underlined how the level of digital capital that person possesses influences the quality of the Internet experience and In turn, and how it may be “converted” into other forms of capital and reinvested in the social sphere to enhance social position. Moreover, I stressed how the interaction between digital capital and the other forms of capitals (personal, economic, social, political and cultural) generates outcomes not only in terms of types and quality of online activities, but also in terms of benefits or tangible outcomes. Digital capital, therefore, is a mediating capital that plays a vital role in transforming previous offline capitals into digital activities and, in turn, in transforming these activities into other capitals.

I concluded outlining how Digital Capital is intertwined with the “traditional axes” of social inequalities and how the model to measure it can be used and applied in other contexts.