Marisa earned recently her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Gothenburg. Her doctoral thesis is a qualitative study theoretically informed by actor-network theory, aimed at examining how sociotechnical aspects of work organization influence the initiation, development, and conclusion of collaboration between LIS academics and professionals in distributed research projects. Her research interests include the use of technology to support collaboration in learning and research. In particular, she is interested in studying the potential of Web 2.0 to enhance learning and research, and investigating whether this new concept can be applied to science to make research communities more open (also to other groups not traditionally involved in research, such as professionals), and increase the speed in which new knowledge is created and disseminated.
Marisa's academic background is multidisciplinary. She holds an Italian laurea in Sociology from the University of Rome, and a M. Sc. in Information Management from Syracuse University, USA. She participated in several European funded projects related to technology-enhanced learning.
Recently Marisa received a three-month grant to conduct a small exploratory study on a P2PU course and examine how technologies affected the creation of knowledge and social presence.