Giovanna holds a PhD in Sociology and Methodology for Social Research, and is a Lecturer in Sociology of Communication and Culture in the Department of Sociology, Università Cattolica, Milano.
From 2012 to 2014 she has coordinated the Net Children Go Mobile project (www.netchildrengomobile.eu), funded by the Safer Internet Programme. Since 2007 she has been the national contact of the EU Kids Online project (www.eukidsonline.net), and since 2015 she is part of its Management Committee. She is also member of the Management Committee of the COST Action IS1410 “The digital literacy and multimodal practices of young children (DigiLitEY)” She is the local coordinator of the FIRB project "Building inclusive societies and a global Europe online: Political information and participation on social media in comparative perspective" (www.webpoleu.net) coordinated by Cristian Vaccari. She is Visting Fellow at the Department of Media and Communications of the LSE from 01/09/2013 to 30/06/2015.
She is a senior researcher at OssCom, a research centre on media and communication based at Università Cattolica, and cooperates with ModaCult, a research centre on cultural production and fashion.
Her work focuses on the social shaping of the internet and mobile media among children and young people, online risks and opportunities for children, online participation and digital citizenship.