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Dr. Carolina Bandinelli

Carolina Bandinelli

Assistant Professor in Media and Creative Industries

Director: BA Media and Creative Industries

Centre for Cultural & Media Policy Studies

Administrative roles

Director of the BA Media and Creative Industries


Carolina Bandinelli is Assistant Professor in Media and Creative Industries. She joined the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies in 2019 and directs the BA in Media and Creative Industries. Prior to that, she was Lecturer in Media at the University of Lincoln. In 2017, she completed a PhD in Media Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College. Her research focuses on emerging forms of subjectivity and sociality in the digital culture industries, which she investigates combining ethnographic methods with the analysis of discourses.

Research Interest

In recent years, I have published on the organisation and significance of work in the creative industries. In particular, I have contributed to the debates on self-branding, coworking and collaborative economies. My monograph Social Entrepreneurship and Neoliberalism: Making Money While Doing Good (Rowman and Littlefield International), offers an analysis of social entrepreneurs, which I interpret as a new generation of creative workers to express their values and virtues by means of a business. The close intertwinement between ethics and economy is also the focus of my latest article ‘The Production of Subjectivities in Neoliberal Culture Industries: The Case of Coworking Spaces’, published in The International Journal of Cultural Studies.

I participated as Senior Researcher for the AHRC project CREATe, as part of a team led by Prof. Angela McRobbie. Part of our findings can be found in a co-authored article on ‘Feminism and the Politics of Creative Labour: Fashion Micro-enterprises in London, Berlin and Milan’, in Australian Feminist Studies. Building on this experience, I am designing a new study on feminist forms of creative entrepreneurship.

Currently, I am writing an article on the algorithmisation of desire through a psychosocial analysis of dating apps. This is part of a wider research strand on the digital culture of love, which seeks to investigate millennials’ perceptions of sexual and romantic desire. I have presented the first findings at the University of Amsterdam, King’s College, the University of Naples, and the University of South Denmark.

Selected publications

  • Bandinelli, C. (2020) Social Entrepreneurship: Making Money While Doing Good. London: Rowman and Littlefield International.
  • Bandinelli, C. (2019) ‘The Production of Subjectivities in Neoliberal Culture Industries: The Case of Coworking Spaces, in International Journal of Cultural Studies.
  • McRobbie, A., Strutt, D. and Bandinelli, C. (2019) ‘Feminism and the Politics of Creative Labour: Fashion Micro-Enterprises in London Berlin and Milan’, in Australian Feminist Studies 34:100, 131-148.
  • Bandinelli, C. and Gandini, A. (2019) ‘Creative hubs versus creative networks’, in Gill, R. Pratt, A. Virani, T. (eds.) Creative Hubs. Palgrave, London.
  • Gandini, A. Bandinelli, C. and Cossu, A. (2017) ‘Collaborating, Competing, Coalescing, Coworking’, in Graham, J. and Gandini, A. (eds.) Collaborative Production in the Creative Industries. University of Westminster Press, London.
  • Ardvisson, A. Gandini, A. Bandinelli, C. (2016) ‘The Ethics of Self­ Branding Amongst Freelance Knowledge Workers’, in Crain, M. Poster, W. Cherry, M. (eds) Invisible Labor: Hidden Work in the Contemporary World. University of California Press, Oakland.
  • McRobbie, A. Strutt, D. Bandinelli, C. Springer, B. (2016) Fashion Micro­ Enterprises in London Berlin Milan. CREATe Report Phase I. Goldsmiths and CREATe, Glasgow, London.
  • Bandinelli, C. (2015) Il Miglior Lavoro del Mondo: Lo Strano Caso dell’Imprenditoria Sociale. [The best job in the word: the strange case of social entrepreneurship]. Doppiozero/Che­ Fare: Milan.
  • Bandinelli, C. and Arvidsson, A. (2013) ‘Brand yourself a changemaker!’, in Journal of Macromarketing, 33(1).

Selected conference papers

  •  Lacan in Scotland seminar series, Edinburgh Napier University


  • Invited presentation of the paper: ‘What does the app want? A psychoanalytic reading of dating apps’, with Arturo Bandinelli.
  • Social and Political Studies Seminar, University of Milan


Invited book presentation. Social entrepreneurship and neoliberalism: Making money while doing good (Rowman and Littlefield International).

  • LOVE ETC., University of Southern Denmark.


Presentation of the paper: ‘Love me, Tinder: an exploration of the digital culture of love’.  

  • CAMEo Conference 2019, University of Leicester


Presentation of the paper ‘Future After Future: The Ethical Turn of Creative Economies’.

  • Realities and Fantasies, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA).


Presentation of the paper: ‘Tinder and the fantasy of the other’.

  • Understanding the Social, University of East Anglia.


Presentation of the paper ‘Trust in the age of dating apps’ with Alessandro Gandini.

  • Digital Self - King's College, University of London.


Presentation of the paper: 'Love me, Tinder: on the digital culture of romance'.

  • MeCCSA 2018 – annual conference Creativity and Agency, London Southbank University.


Chair of the session 'Creative Entrepreneurs'. Presentation of the paper: ‘Virtues at work? The ethical desire of creative entrepreneurs’.

  • Working in the digital economy: an ‘industrious’ revolution? Centre for Digital Culture, King’s College, University of London.


Discussant of Prof. Adam Arvidsson.

  • Spaces of fashion: digital, technology and labour processes, University of Milan.


Invited talk : 'Entrepreneurship and digital affect in e-fashion'.

  • Fashion as Urban Creative Economy: start-ups, IP, and the rise of e-commerce Glasgow School of Arts.


Invited talk: 'The subjective experience of e-commerce in fashion'. 

  • Goldsmiths Creative Labour Process Group: Concepts and Methods in Cross-Sectoral Frame, Goldsmiths College.


Invited talk: 'The affect of research in cultural entrepreneurs'.

  • The Sociality of Sharing, Warwick University.


Invited talk: 'Cooperative competition, a study on the sociality of social entrepreneurs', with Alessandro Gandini.

  • Ephemera: Organizing for post-growth economy, Copenhagen Business School.


Presentation of the paper: 'Challenging neoliberal economy through cooperative individualism: a case study in social entrepreneurship'.



I teach on the following MA modules:

  • The Global Audience
  • Placement and Case Study
  • The Major Project

Research supervision

 I would be interested in supervising postgraduate students who wish to research emerging forms of work in the creative industries, cultures of love and sexuality in digital societies, popular media and digital cultures.