Santaniello, Mauro

Associate Research Fellow
Research Interests 

Global Internet Governance
Digital Policy
Digital Sovereignty
Digital Constitutionalism
Cybersecurity policy


Biographical Statement 

Mauro Santaniello is an Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS since 1 October 2022. Previously, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS, where he worked on a research project titled “Digital Sovereignty in the Mediterranean Region (DiSMeR)”. The aim of the project was to investigate how digital sovereignty is conceptualised and institutionalised in different political and economic contexts.

Mauro is a tenure-track habilitated Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Department of Management & Innovation System of the University of Salerno, where he teaches Internet Governance and Digital Policy at the courses of Diplomacy, International Relations and Global Security (MA) and Global Studies and EU (BA). Mauro is also the Director of the Internet & Communication Policy Center, and the Scientific Coordinator of the Salerno Winter School on Internet Governance.

Mauro has been one of the founding members of the Digital Constitutionalism Network (DCN), funded by the Centre for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum, Germany, and he is a member of the network Global Internet Governance - Actors, Regulations, Transactions and Strategies (GIG-ARTS), and of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet).

His latest publications include "From Governance Denial to State Regulation: A Controversy-Based Typology of Internet Governance Models." In Haggart B., Tusikov N., Scholte J.A. (eds.) Power and Authority in Internet Governance. Return of the State? (Routledge 2021), and Legitimacy, Power, and Inequalities in the Multistakeholder Internet Governance. Analyzing IANA Transition (Palgrave Macmillan 2021).