Apr 222020


Laura PINNA (tutor: Prof. Claudia Secci, Prof. Giovanni Bonaiuti)

Laura Pinna is a PHD student at the University of Cagliari in Philosophy, Epistemology, Human Sciences, Department of Pedagogy, Psychology, Philosophy, with a research project on the educational governance processes: pedagogy, communities, and educational spaces. She is graduated in Education Sciences at the University of Cagliari. Since 2004 she has been tutor organizer of the internship in the degree course of Primary Education Sciences and subject expert in General and Social Pedagogy at the same University. She has published several articles in pedagogical journals and collective texts on the following topics: a) Pedagogy and parenting. b) Profession of the pedagogist. c) Methodologies and
educational practices in early and middle childhood. d) Teacher training. During her academic studies, she developed multiple research interests on educational and methodological aspects that may or may not favor the connection between the family and the childhood period 0-6 with public and private educational governance (schools-local authorities-cooperatives) in order to study the elements of change and identify improvement and innovation actions.
Her main research areas are pedagogical and educational policies and their effects on spaces, times, bodies, languages present in every educational event. She is currently carrying out her research under the supervision of professors Claudia Secci and Giovanni Bonaiuti.


Arianna CAREDDU (tutor: Prof. Elisabetta Gola, Dr. Chiara Seazzu)

I am a PhD student at the University of Cagliari, working on a thesis on the philosophy of language under the supervision of Prof. Elisabetta Gola. My research is supported by a scholarship financed by Min. Dec. 351/2022, based on the NRRP – funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU. I graduated with a BA in Film Direction and Programming at the University of Rome “Roma3”, with a dissertation of Shakespearian comedy from the written text to its theatrical and film transpositions, supervised by Prof. Paola Bono. I then obtained a MA in Film and Screen Studies from the Goldsmiths College, University of London, with a dissertation on The use of colours in expanded cinema, under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Moore. My current research investigates the best practices in Public Administration communication, with a focus on how the use of metaphors can aid to be more effective and inclusive. A special focus will be devoted to the use of communication for overcoming the disability, gender and cultural divides, particularly through immersive contexts such as virtual reality and the metaverse. The thesis will be also based on the analysis of some case-studies on digital communication in public administration. The research finally aims at drafting and implementing guiding principles for inclusive communication.


Carmen PANNONE (tutor: Prof.Giuliano Vivanet, Dr. Marta Pellegrini )

I am a Primary school teacher and a Ph.D. student in Philosophy, Epistemology, and Human Sciences at the University of Cagliari. I obtained a Master’s degree in Primary Education at the University of Florence in 2015. Since then, I have worked in primary schools, developing a particular interest in the Evidence-Based Education (EBE) approach. Therefore, my research interests the development and evaluation of educational practices and programs with strong evidence of effectiveness (‘what works under what circumstances’). Supervised by Profs. Giuliano Vivanet and Marta Pellegrini, my research project concerns effective practice to prevent school dropout (i.e., ESL or Early School Leaving). In particular, my work aims at discovering what has been experimented in the prevention of this phenomenon, synthesising the empirical research results. An ESL prevention program designed from both scientific evidence and analysis of the school context will be planned, implemented, and evaluated.


Luca FILACI (tutor: Prof.ssa Gabriella Baptist, Prof. Felice Cimatti)

I am a Ph.D. student in ‘Philosophy, Epistemology and Human Sciences’ at the University of Cagliari. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Philosophy in 2021 at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome under the supervision of Prof. Furio Pesci, Prof. Silvano Zucal, and Prof. Mariano Luis Rodríguez González. For this Ph.D. the supervision will be of Prof. Gabriella Baptist and Prof. Felice Cimatti. The topic on which my research will focus is animality and its relevance within the current ecoclimatic crisis. The anthropocentric vision that characterizes Western culture will be investigated, also in light of the most recent discoveries in zoosemiotics and cognitive ethology. The intention is to offer a more integrated image of the human, less detached from the “natural“ world. Moving from categories of relationality and ecological interdependence, an anti-metaphysical representation will be proposed, which will try to overcome various dualisms that characterize our tradition, culturally and philosophically. This research will also be carried out by reconstructing the different philosophical perspectives that have addressed this issue within the history of ideas, bringing them up to date and discussing their centrality in our present.


Mario GARZIA (tutor: Prof.ssa Elisabetta Gola, Prof. Emiliano Ilardi)

I graduated in Communication Sciences and got my MA in Philosophy and Theories of Communication at the University of Cagliari. My research interests cover mediology, storytelling, imagery, and new technologies in the fields of video games and publishing. The focus of my research is the analysis of the outbreak phenomenon of the representation of psychotherapy in the imagery of new tv seriality. My aim is providing a metaphorical interpretation of the social changes in the digital media sphere, with particular reference to the collective anguish of present times.


Gian Pietro CARROGU (tutor: Prof.ssa Donatella Petretto, Prof. Eraldo Nicotra)

He is a Pedagogist, PhD student in Philosophy, Epistemology and Human Sciences, with clinical experience in the field of clinical psychology of aging and disability. Author of chapters of book and of scientific papers on the promotion of longevity, active ageing, inclusion of people with disabilities. Previously scholarship at the University of Cagliari in the field of research on visual disturbances in children, adulthood and advanced phases of life. Internship fellow at the Service for inclusion and learning at  the University of Cagliari and with the Clinical Psychology research group and co-author of the monitoring plan for architectural barriers, shared with the public works sector of the University in order to overcome the critical issues that have emerged. Currently, he is a  PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Donatella Rita Petretto. Field of research: the study of inclusive processes and accessibility in the field of digital citizenship in order to ensure equal opportunities for people with disability (according with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (U.N., 2006), with the European Strategy 2021-2030 and with the D.M. 09/02/2022); the study of useful indicators in order to evaluate the impact of inclusive processes and accessibility to IT and information services and the environments of the Public Administration and all contexts of life and citizenship. The research project is funded by Ministerial Decree n. 351 of 9 April 2022, based on the PNR – funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU – Mission 4 “Education and Research”, Component 1 ; Enhancement of the offer of educational services: from nurseries to universities” Investment 4.1 “Extension of the number of research doctorates and innovative doctorates for public administration and cultural heritage”.


Kheloud Mohamed Ramzy SHOUSHOU (tutor: Prof. Alessandro Ottaviani, Prof.ssa Nunzia Palmieri)

I completed my bachelor and master degrees in Modern philology. I am currently a PhD student in Philosophy, Epistemology, Human Sciences at the University of Cagliari, with a research project on Italian epistolography of the twentieth century.My main interest is the epistolary writings of Umberto Saba. The aims of my thesis are to:
-Maintain the centrality of the investigation and the gaze fixed on the letters as a work in themselves.
-Highlight the romance intent in the letters.
-Demonstrate how, in the epistolary writing of Saba, it is the narration itself that performs the function of unifying element.


Andrea Manunza (tutor: Prof. Ferdinando Fornara, Dott.ssa Oriana Mosca)

He is a PhD student in Philosophy, Epistemology and Human Sciences, specifically in the Pedagogical and Psychological Sciences curriculum. Her research project concerns the investigation of psycho-social variables related to sustainable transportation choices. More broadly, his main research interests are in social psychology, particularly environmental psychology, health
psychology, and sport psychology.
Andrea Manunza is graduated in Developmental Psychology and Socio-occupational Processes from the University of Cagliari obtained in February 2022. He has conducted research on the relationship between emotional intelligence and couple relationships, in particular he also investigated other variables such as sexual satisfaction, couple satisfaction and self differentiation. He completed his post-lauream internship on March 15, 2023 and is currently a full-time PhD student.



Nicolò ZAMPERLIN (tutor: Prof. Francesco Paoli)

I completed my bachelor and master degrees in Philosophy at the University of Padua, the former one under the supervision of Prof. Carlo Scilironi, the latter one under Prof. Massimiliano Carrara. I also graduated in Logic at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation of the University of Amsterdam, under the joint supervision of Prof. Robert van Rooij and Prof. Massimiliano Carrara. In both my master theses I studied formal semantics for vague statements. The main areas of my research interest are philosophy of language and formal logic, in particular algebraic logic, which I am currently studying under the supervision of Prof. Francesco Paoli.


Ludovica FANNI (tutor: Prof. Giovanni Bonaiuti)

Ludovica Fanni is a pedagogist and hr. She graduated in “Management of educational services” in 2019 and in 2020 she pursued a Master in Human Resources focused on guidance and tutoring. She collaborated in the POT project “Orientation and tutoring paths to promote academic and professional success” of the local unit of the University of Cagliari. Currently, she is a PhD student in “Philosophy, Epistemology, Human Sciences” at University of Cagliari, where she’s developing a research project on the possibility to use a digital tool that aims to support human science student during their university studies. The main ares of her research interest concerns the curricular academic internships and students professional development connected to digital technologies and methodologies. 

Luca GAVIANO (tutor: Prof.ssa Donatella Petretto)

Luca Gaviano is a PHD student in Philosophy, Epistemology, Human Sciences, Department of Education, Philosophy and Psychology, University of Cagliari, with research project on the Clinical Psychology of Ageing.

He published chapters on books and papers in peer-reviewed journals on the following topics:

  • Promotion of health and wellbeing
  • Semantic of ageing
  • Cognitive ageing and Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Psychology of Disability

He participates in national and international research programs on the same topic

He is a chartered psychologist with clinical experience in Clinical Psychology of Ageing and of Disability.

He is graduated in Psychology at the University of Cagliari.


Andres Camilo GRANDA ARANGO (tutor: Prof. Giuseppe Sergioli; co-tutors: Dott. Gustavo Martin Bosyk, Dott. Federico Hernan Holik)

I got my master degree in Physics at the University of Antioquia-Colombia, with a thesis entitled “Asymptotic quantum mechanics for N coupled oscillators”. Since then, I am a PhD scholar at the University of Cagliari. My field of research includes the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, particularly focused on the problem of how is the connection that exists between two apparently different theories: classical mechanics and quantum mechanics. My recent contributions are subject to the creation of a new mathematical formalism, called asymptotic quantum mechanics, based on probability density, asymptotic behaviors and Fourier transforms, which has allowed to recover classical probability densities plus quantum-like corrections in physical systems such as the harmonic oscillator, the hydrogen atom, particles enclosed in flat and spherical wells, free fall and recently in particles with relativistic characteristics. The current goal of my research is to incorporate machine learning. That is, using machine learning techniques, we will focus on the classification problem to try to discern whether certain states that a source has are intertwined or not, whether they exhibit coherence or not, or whether that particular quantum system was able to reach its classical limit.

Stefania FALCHI (tutor: Prof. Antioco Luigi Zurru; co-tutor: Prof. Giovanni Bonaiuti)

After a graduation in “Primary Education” at the University of Cagliari under the supervision of Prof. Antioco Luigi Zurru, in 2021 Stefania Falchi did a master’s degree in “SLD (Specific Learning Disorders), SEN (Special Education Needs) and Developmental Disorders. Psychopedagogy, Teaching Methods, Computational Thinking (Coding) and Didactics of inclusion” at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo.

Currently, she is a PhD student in “Philosophy, Epistemology, Human Sciences” (NOP R&I on Green subjects) at University of Cagliari, where she is developing a research project on the possibility to generate renewed green learning environments and opportunities derived from the ecological transition in primary school. Her main research interests are pedagogy, primary education, innovation in teaching practice and teacher professional development.




Ines ALVES DE MATOS PIRES FERREIRA (tutor: Prof. Marco Guicciardi; co-tutor: Prof. Ferdinando Fornara)

Inês Alves Ferreira holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Systemic Psychology, and her research interests include people-environment studies and community development and intervention issues, particularly in low-SES residential areas.
During her Master’s, she was part of community development projects working with multicultural communities in urban low-SES residential contexts, and her thesis focused on perceived insecurity and residential satisfaction among residents of a low-SES neighbourhood in Lisbon, Portugal. She previously worked as a research assistant in environmental psychology (Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Lund University, Sweden), being part of several research projects, mainly on human perception and behaviour and interaction with environmental factors in outdoor and indoor environments. More recently, she was a research assistant in psychology (Center for Research and Social Intervention – CIS-IUL, ISCTE-IUL, Portugal), where she was mainly involved in research projects with a focus on education and community intervention.

Daniela FADDA (tutor: Prof. Giuliano Vivanet; co-tutor:Dott.ssa Carol Salis – CRS4)

Daniela Fadda is graduated in Psychology from the University of Cagliari and she received a PhD in Cognitive and Personality Psychology from the University La Sapienza in Rome. Her research experience included well-being and school adjustment in adolescence and the study of digital technologies for scientific education. She is a member of the Italian Association of Psychology and she is an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Psychology. She has published several research papers on psychological well-being, self-concept, motivation in mathematics, cognitive performances and educational technology. Her scientific interests include also methodology and statistic for human sciences with particular reference to factorial analysis, structural equation modelling and meta-analysis.

Fabrizio MELONI (tutor: Prof. Elisabetta Gola)

André MURGIA (tutor: Prof.ssa Angela Taraborrelli)

I graduated in philosophy in 2017,  under the supervision of Professor Annamaria Loche, discussing a dissertation on the concept of constituent power in the Prince of Machiavelli. I obtained my master’s degree in philosophy and theory of communication, again at the University of Cagliari, in 2020. Under the supervision of Professor Angela Taraborrelli, I tackled the problem of the public sphere as it is presented during the intellectual path of Habermas, trying to discuss the normative value of this concept, also in light of the processes of globalization.

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Cagliari, where I am carrying out a research project on the theories of democracy and democratization. My main interests are in the field of political philosophy and critical theory.

Gandolfo VERGOTTINI (tutor: Prof. Antonio Ledda)

In 2016, I graduated in Philosophy at the University of Cagliari. My thesis was about Socrate with a special focus on several feature of his personality. I worked on this project under the supervision of Professor Elisabetta Cattanei. In 2020, I achieved a master’s degree in Philosophy and Theories of Communication discussing a dissertation on the issues related to the infinity in mathematics, focusing on the axiom of choice. Professor Antonio Ledda was my supervisor.  Now I’m a Phd student at the University of Cagliari. Investigating a connection between substructural and quantum logics is the main goal of my project: this path has started from the study of a specific algebraic structure, the left-residuated l-groupoids. My main interests are in the field of the algebraic logic and the universal algebra.

Cristiano VIDALI (tutor: Prof. Pierpaolo Ciccarelli)

I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Milan, discussing a dissertation on Jean-Paul Sartre’s ontology, being supervised by Professor Andrea Zhok. I then obtained a Master’s degree from “Vita-Salute” San Raffaele University, where I worked under the supervision of Massimo Cacciari on Alexandre Kojève’s thought, suggesting an original interpretation of the idea of the “end of history” by relating it to the concepts of tradition and social acceleration. My main interests focus on one hand on philosophy of history, especially Hegelianism and its Marxist heritage, and on the other hand on phenomenology and existentialism (Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Merleau-Ponty). I am currently a PhD student in “Philosophy, Epistemology, Human Sciences” at University of Cagliari, pursuing a research project on the relationship between phenomenology and cognitive sciences, with a particular reference to psychology of attention.

Enrica SPADA (tutor: Prof. Gabriella Baptist, co-tutor Prof. Claudia Secci)

Enrica Spada is graduated in Dance at The Folkwang University in Essen-Germany, under the direction of Pina Bausch. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Sciences from the University of Cagliari, discussing a dissertation on the subject of play, body and dance in education, and she also graduated in Pedagogical Sciences at Cagliari University with a dissertation on the aesthetic-philosophical approach of Marìa Zambrano and Jean-Luc Nancy in relation to a pedagogical reflection on the body in movement and dance. She is currently a PhD student in “Philosophy, Epistemology, Human Sciences” at University of Cagliari, pursuing a research project (PON FSC for development and cohesion) on the possibility to generate new social bonds, social cohesion and to encourage dialogue between generations through dance, theatre, and contemporary arts, for a sustainable social and economic development in deprived areas.



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