Maria laura Ruiu

Maria laura Ruiu
Northumbria University · Department of Social Sciences

Social Sciences

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Introduction
I have been appointed as a lecturer in sociology and criminology at Northumbria University after completing my second PhD in Social Sciences. My previous PhD (University of Sassari - Italy) focused on urban and environmental sociology. I worked as Post-doc in a multidisciplinary team at the Desertification Research Centre, University of Sassari. I have been involved in several projects related to water governance and climate change adaptation (social) capacity.
Additional affiliations
October 2016 - present
Northumbria University
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  • PhD
Description
  • Research project on “Reconciling mass communication, scientific research and action in the face of climate vulnerability”
February 2016 - September 2016
Northumbria University
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  • Research Assistant
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  • Role of city libraries in reducing social inequalities in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
March 2015 - July 2015
University of Sassari
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  • PostDoc Position
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  • Post Doctoral researcher in the "Wadismar" International Demonstration Project for designing Multi-stakeholder participatory approaches for managing water harvesting in Maghreb Regions - Desertification Research Centre - NRD University of Sassari.

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Publications (44)
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Since an increasing number of daily activities are carried out online, an exclusion or limited access to the Internet prevent citizens from entering a world full of opportunities that cannot be accessed otherwise; in this sense, inclusion in the digital realm is strictly connected to social inclusion. Digital inclusion is not conceived as a mere di...
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The COVID-19 pandemic erupted during the climate change (CC) crisis, forcing individuals to adapt abruptly to a new scenario, and triggering changes in everyone’s lifestyles. Based on a sample of the UK population ( N = 1013), this paper investigates how the COVID-19 pandemic invited/forced individuals to reflect upon a more sustainable way of life...
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This article investigates the interaction between digital capital and some offline components (economic, cultural, political, social and personal) that represent the background against which we access and use the Internet. Based on a stratified sample of the UK population (868), six indexes (one for each component) were generated through factor ana...
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In this paper, we employ original data from a survey carried out in the summer of 2020 on an online sample of the UK population (1013 respondents) to investigate if, in the dramatic scenario caused by the recent pandemic, a new approach toward a more sustainable lifestyle has emerged in this Country. Our results indicate that, on average the indivi...
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This paper conceptualizes the techno-environmental habitus to explore differentiation among media users and their climate change awareness by adopting a dynamic concept that takes into consideration both pre-existing conditions and interactions with the technological field of action. The paper investigates the characteristics of multi-layered dispo...
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This article investigates the entanglement between socioeconomic and technological factors in conditioning people's patterns of Internet use. We analysed the influence of sociodemographic and techno-social aspects in conditioning the distinctive digital practices developed by Internet users. By using a representative sample of UK users and differen...
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Forthcoming in American Behavioral Scientist (ABS) The COVID-19 pandemic erupted during the climate change (CC) crisis, forcing individuals to adapt abruptly to a new scenario, and triggering changes in everyone’s lifestyles. Based on a representative sample of the UK population (N= 1013) this paper investigates how the COVID-19 pandemic invited/fo...
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Forthcoming in American Behavioral Scientist (ABS). This paper focuses on four e-initiatives that were triggered by the Coronavirus outbreak in Italy. These experiences played a relevant role in developing multilevel solidarity (from the local to the global level) both online and offline. They are represented by the hashtags “#iorestoacasa” (I stay...
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This paper investigates the use of science in British newspapers’ narratives of climate change between 1988 and 2016. It is based on the analysis of eight newspapers and their Sunday and online versions (Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Daily Express, The Sun, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent). We used the keywords “climat...
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The tsunami of change triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed society in a series of cascading crises. Unlike disasters that are more temporarily and spatially bounded, the pandemic has continued to expand across time and space for over a year, leaving an unusually broad range of second-order and third-order harms in its wake. Globally,...
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This article explores British newspaper descriptions of the impact of climate change across three time periods. It shows a reduction in representing the consequences of climate change as ‘out of human control’. It also shows a decrease in adopting alarming and uncertain descriptions within the centre-left group, whereas mocking the effects of clima...
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This paper investigates both similarities and differences between two global threats represented by climate change (CC) and Covid-19 (CV). This will help understand the reasons behind the recognition of the CV as a pandemic that requires global efforts, whereas efforts to tackle climate change still lack such urgency. This paper aims to answer to t...
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In this article, we argue that new kinds of risk are emerging with the COVID-19 virus, and that these risks are unequally distributed. As we expose to view, digital inequalities and social inequalities are rendering certain subgroups significantly more vulnerable to exposure to COVID-19. Vulnerable populations bearing disproportionate risks include...
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This paper explores inequalities in using the Internet by investigating several digital activities that require different levels of digital capital. Data collected in the U.K. through an online survey of a national representative sample (868 respondents) shows that levels of digital capital and type and quality of online activities are intertwined....
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This paper explores the persistence of scepticism in British newspapers’ narratives around climate change. It is based on 958 news articles collected over three decades (1988–2016) from nine newspapers. The analysis of “general consensus” around climate change and the consensus around both its causes and consequences, shows that scepticism is still...
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Italy has been the first Western Country to suffer a massive outbreak of COVID-19. Starting from the 11 st of March 2020, the Italian Government approved a series of emergency restrictive measures to limit people’s movement and social contacts. The aim of this short paper is to test if the number of norm-violations (related to people’s movement) mi...
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Maria Laura Ruiu is lecturer at Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne). She has recently completed her second PhD in Social Sciences (Northumbria University). She also acted as post-doctoral researcher at the Desertification Research Centre (University of Sassari, Italy) investigating the adaptive capacity of some communities to climate chang...
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The present work aims to explore whether there exists a systematic frustration in terms of income expectations among those who have obtained high level of education in Italy, and if this mismatch between expected and effective incomes negatively affects their perception of happiness. We adopt a reference-dependent preferences model combined with th...
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This article develops a Digital Capital Index by adopting the definition provided by Ragnedda, who defines Digital Capital as the accumulation of digital competencies and digital technologies, and the model for measuring it developed by Ragnedda and Ruiu. It aims to develop a measure that can be replicated for comparison in different contexts. This...
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This paper explores both benefits and potential drawbacks deriving from the spatial distribution of student accommodations across Newcastle upon Tyne. The core of the paper focuses on the interconnections, collaboration and exchange between university and city council as a potential “win–win strategy” for managing the spatial distribution of studen...
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Cohousing communities’ participatory processes take place from the preliminary phases of the development process when the group is expected to collaborate and negotiate its private stakes with those of the whole community. Even after the establishment of the community, every choice regarding the common spaces has to be discussed and approved by the...
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This article is based on semistructured interviews with library staff members in order to explore both how they perceive the role of libraries in most deprived areas in Newcastle upon Tyne and how they relate with their patrons. We show that public libraries play a primary role in activating a virtuous cycle, in which infrastructures, skills, and i...
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This article investigates the nature of the conversation around austerity on Twitter during the 2015 general election in the UK. Specifically, it explores the kinds of messages referring to austerity, as well as the kinds of accounts involved (whether they referred to a private or public role on Twitter and in society) and their affiliation to poli...
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This paper presents an informal process inspired by a public practice of conflict mediation used until a few decades ago in Gallura (NE Sardinia, Italy), named La Rasgioni (The Reason). The aim is twofold: (i) to introduce an innovative method that translates the complexity of water-related conflicts into a "dialogical tool", aimed at enhancing soc...
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This article investigates the role played by social capital (in terms of bonding, bridging and linking social capital) in developing adaptive responses to contextual changes (environmental, social and economic) at the local scale. Three questions guided the research: can social capital produce resilience and collective action? Could environmental b...
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This article explores both how local social committees may contribute toward generating collective actions, leading local communities to empower their environment, and how new information communication technologies (ICTs) may alter the collective action. It focuses on a case study, represented by the “No al Progetto Eleonora” local committee that o...
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This paper is based on findings obtained from a qualitative research on the role of public library service in reducing digital inequalities in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Newcastle upon Tyne. Semi-structured interviews with four libraries’ staff members, direct observation during ordinary activities and events organised by libraries aimed to ex...
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he development of the information society has highlighted the existence of obstacles preventing certain social groups from accessing and properly using technologies, leading to new forms of exclusion from the job market, governmental institutions, leisure and academic activities. However, reducing the gap between those who connect and those who do...
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This article aims to discuss the possibility that cohousing communities might combine both civil engagement and governance systems in order to simultaneously generate three forms of social capital: bonding, bridging, and linking social capitals. Cohousing communities intend to create a ‘self-sufficient micro-cosmos’, but struggle against the relati...
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This work aims to assess whether cohousing communities might generate positive effects in terms of social housing. Cohousing projects are “supportive” communities where many types of informal support networks arise, referring to the concept of sharing spaces, facilities, but also properties, the decision-making process, and experiences. The costs o...
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Stakeholder engagement in research projects can take a number of forms according to the scope of the project and the purpose of the interaction. L4.2. has focused on comparing different approaches to stakeholder engagement in collaborative projects. This report presents a synthesis of the experiences and lessons learnt through the stakeholder engag...
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Il sistema produttivo della carne bovina in Sardegna si basa sulla linea vacca-vitello in piccoli allevamenti al pascolo di Charolais, Limousine e più raramente Modicana in purezza (Agris, 2014). La Gallura e il Montiferru rappresentano una fonte importante di vitelli da ristallo, che in gran parte vengono destinati all’ingrasso in ambito nazionale...
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On the basis of the literature (produced mainly by sociologists, architects, and geographers) about gated and cohousing communities, this work analyzes how these communities differ from each other. The analysis suggests that cohousing and gated communities are different in the nature of relationships between residents and in the reasons why they ar...
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La letteratura scientifica mette in luce uno stretto legame tra il cambiamento climatico e le problematiche della gestione delle risorse idriche. In questo modo, essa offre spunti di riflessione sul tema della Water Governance in riferimento ai potenziali strumenti (politici, gestionali, economici, scientifici) da applicare al fine di produrre stra...
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L’obiettivo dell’articolo e analizzare il fenomeno del cohousing riferito alle categorie di spazio pubblico e spazio privato. Si focalizza, in particolare, sull’influenza che tale modello abitativo esercita nella definizione del significato di "pubblico" e "privato" e sugli effetti prodotti nel contesto in cui prende forma. Si considerano due prosp...
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La ricerca mette in evidenza come la pubblicità imponga una particolare veste estetica allo spazio urbano. Il lavoro si basa sull’analisi e sul confronto del tessuto urbano di due città molto diverse da ogni punto di vista (economico, sociale, politico): Milano (Italia) e Bratislava (Slovacchia). Lo studio evidenzia le nuove modalità di utilizzo de...
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This article presents a study of 8 to 12 year-old Italian students (n=282) to test their knowledge about advertisingand their interaction with TV. The thesis that gives a strong power of attraction, seduction, persuasion toadvertising is supported by the results of this research. The main purpose of this article is to test the importance of the mus...

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Projects (3)
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The projects aims to investigate the interconnections between digital and social inequalities. It focuses on the role pf public libraries in fostering social inclusion by promoting digital skills and literacy
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Exploring how mass media communicate climate change