Renato Stella

Full Professor

University of Padua- Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology (FISPPA)


Renato Stella is Full Professor of Sociology of Cultural Processes at the Fisppa Department of the University of Padua.

He is a member of the board of the Ph.D. program in “Social Sciences: interactions, communication, cultural constructions,” teaches Mass Communications at the Communication major and New Media at the Community Psychology major.

His research interests include media studies, mass society, new media and popular culture, the relationship between sexuality, gender and media; porn studies and Online Sexual Activities. He is particularly interested in qualitative research methods.

He has served as Chair of the Bachelor of Sociological Sciences and Communication Studies degree programs and the Master of Communication Strategies degree program.

He has also served as Director of the Department of Sociology. He was national coordinator of a Prin project related to the public sphere and communication spaces.

He is currently local coordinator of a PRIN project on the media representation of feminicide.

Recent Publications

(2023) Zorzi, V., Neresini, F. and Cammozzo, A. Public communication of technoscience in the news: A cross-linguistic Multidimensional analysis of English and Italian newspapers, in “Discourse & Communication”, 8 (4), on-line pp. 1-25.

(2023) Neresini, F., Giardullo, P., Di Buccio, E., Morsello, B., Cammozzo, A., Sciandra, A., et al., When scientific experts come to be media stars: An evolutionary model tested by analysing coronavirus media coverage across Italian newspapers, in “Plos One”, 18 (4), e0284841. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/ journal.pone.0284841

(2023) Neresini, F., Technoscince, in Rebughini P. and Colombo E., (Eds.), Framing Social Theory. Reassembling the Lexicon of Contemporary Social Sciences, London & New York, Routledge, pp. 123-138.

(2022) Miele, F., Neresini, F., Boniolo, G. and Paccagnella, O., Supportive care for aged demented people: socio-organizational implications, in “Ageing & Society”, 42 (2), pp. 376-408. DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X20000938

(2021) Crabu, S., Giardullo, P., Sciandra, A. and Neresini, F., Politics overwhelms science in the Covid-19 pandemic: Evidence from the whole coverage of the Italian quality newspapers, in “Plos One”, 16 (5), pp. 1-19. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0252034

(2020) Neresini, F., Io e il mio DNA. Abbiamo davvero un destino genetico?, il Mulino.

(2020) Magaudda, P. and Neresini, F., Studi sociali sulla scienza e la tecnologia, il Mulino.

(2020) Neresini, F., Giardullo, P., Di Buccio, E. and Cammozzo, A., Exploring socio-technical futures scenarios in the media: the energy transition case in Italian daily newspapers, in “Quality & Quantity”, 54, pp. 147–168. DOI: 10.1007/s11135-019-00947-w

(2019)  Neresini, F., Crabu, S., and Di Buccio, E., Tracking biomedicalization in the media: Public discourses on health and medicine in the UK and Italy, 1984–2017, in “Social Science and Medicine”, 243, pp. 1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112621