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Sara Cannizzaro


Honorary Research Fellow

Email: sara dot cannizzaro at warwick dot ac dot uk

At the University of Warwick, I have worked on:

- EPSRC-funded PETRAS Cybersecurity of the Internet of Things Research Hub (Privacy, Ethics, Trust, Reliability, Acceptability and Security), on the Adoption and Acceptability stream, led by Prof. Rob Procter.

- EPSRC-funded Future AI and Robotics for Space (FAIR-SPACE), on the The impact of commercial space exploration on cybersecurity, led by Prof. Carsten Maple.

- Innovate UK-funded i-Trace IoT Transport Assured for Critical Environments, on IoT Policy, Regulatory Framework and Standards, led by Prof. Carsten Maple.

Research Interests:

Digital Media, Ethics of Emerging technologies, Communications, Adoption and Trust of Internet of Things, Biosemiotics and Semiotics, Cybersecurity of NewSpace.

Research Publications

I am an experienced writer and have published research in a variety of formats including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, industry and policy-oriented reports, encyclopaedic entries and book reviews.

Journal articles:
  • Trust in the Smart Home: findings from a nationally representative survey in the UK

With Rob Procter, Sinong Ma, Carsten Maple, PLOS One, 2020 (published online)

  • Ethics of climate engineering: Don't forget technology has an ethical aspect too

With Laurence Brooks, Steven Umbrello, Michael J. Bernstein, Kathleen Richardson, International Journal of Information Management, 2021 (published online)

  • Bridging the Discursive and Material Dimensions of Europeanity and Europeanisation: A Participatory Semantic Map Approach

With Nico Carpentier, Milos Hroch, Andrea Miconi and Vaia Doudaki, Observatorio (OBS*), 2023, 17(1): 100–133.

  • The End of Sebeok’s Century Meets 21st Century Pandemic: Modeling through and beyond Sebeok’s systems, semiotics, science.

With Myrdene Anderson, Chinese Semiotic Studies, 2021, 17(4): 495–523 (published online)

  • Identifying Attack Surfaces in the Evolving Space Industry

With Hu Yuan, Matthew Bradbury, Carsten Maple, Ugur Atmaca, Proceedings of 2020 IEEE Aerospace Conference.

  • Adoption and Acceptability of Smart Devices for the Home.

With Rob Procter, Sinong Ma, Carsten Maple, Proceedings of Living in the Internet of Things Conference, 2020.

  • The Devil is Not in the Detail: Representational Absence and Stereotyping in the ‘Trojan Horse’ News Story

With Reza Gholami, Race, Ethnicity and Education, 21(1): 15-29, 2018.

  • Happiness in Higher Education

With Alex Elwick, Higher Education Quarterly 71(2): 204-219, 2017.

  • Internet Memes as Internet Signs: a biosemiotic study of digital culture

Sign Systems Studies 44(4): 562–586, 2016.

  • Transdisciplinarity for the 21st century, or “biosemiotics as systems theory”

Cybernetics and Human Knowing 21(3): 45-59, 2014.

  • Where did Information go? Reflections on the Logical Status of Information in a Cybernetic and Semiotic Perspective

Biosemiotics 6(1): 105-123, 2013.

  • On Form, Function and Meaning: Working out the Foundations of Biosemiotics

Hortus Semioticus 6: 40-52, 2010.

Book Chapters:
  • How is the IoT industry responding to the cybersecurity challenges of the smart home?
    In: Rodrigo da Rosa Righi (ed.) Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing - New Trends and Opportunities. IntechOpen (In press).
  • From ‘motivation’ to ‘constraints’, from ‘discourse’ to ‘modelling systems’: steering critical multimodal discourse analysis towards cybersemiotics
    In: Carlos Vidales and Søren Brier (Eds.) Cybersemiotics: An International Perspective. Dordrecht: Springer, 2021.
  • Ten years of cyberpunk, information and clay pipes
    In: Essays in Honour of Don Favareau (Festschrift). Tartu: Tartu University Press, 2017.
  • The Philosophy of Semiotic Information
    In: Luciano Floridi (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Information. New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • Instinct, habituescence, addiction
    With Myrdene Anderson, in: Donna West and Myrdene Anderson, (eds.) Consensus on Peirce's Concept of Habit. Dordrecht: Springer, 2016.
  • Biosemiotics, politics and Sebeok’s move from linguistics to semiotics
    With Paul Cobley, in: S.Cowley, K. Kull and E. Velmezova (eds.) Biosemiotic perspectives in linguistics. Lausanne (Switzerland): Cahiers de l’ILSL, 2015.
  • Interdisciplinarity
    In: D. Favareau, P. Cobley and K. Kull (eds.) A more developed Sign: Interpreting the Work of Jesper Hoffmeyer (Festschrift). Tartu: Tartu University Press, 2012.
  • “The Line of Beauty": on natural forms and abduction
    In: Karen Haworth et al. (eds) Semiotics 2008. Ottawa: Legas, 2009.
Policy, Industry and Public Engagement publications
  • Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Handbook. REALISE: realising the potential of international staff mobility in higher education.

With Lionel Cabos, Marine Chabbert, Anne-Marie Motard, Stefan Karsh, Valentina Kasatkina, Lotta Kavermark, Janerik Lundquist, Sophie Ball, Nosheen Rachel-Naseem, 2019.

    With Joseph Lindley, Rob Procter and Paul Coulton, in: K. Pothong, I. Brass, and M. Carr (eds.) Cybersecurity of the Internet of Things: PETRAS Stream Report. PETRAS IoT Research Hub, 2019.

    • European Commission Report on a comparative analysis of current practices in Erasmus Staff mobility at European Higher Education Institutions

    With Sophie Ball and Nosheen Rachel-Naseem, 2018.

    Encyclopedia Entries:
    • Modelling Systems Theory
      In: P. Cobley (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Semiotics. New York: Routledge, 2009.
    My Book reviews:
    • Book Review of “The Poetics of Digital Media” by Paul Frosh’ (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2019).
      Social Semiotics (published online), 2020.
    • Archaeology of Concepts’ as Research Method
      Review of ‘Semiotics: its history and doctrine’, by John Deely’ (Indiana University Press: Indiana, 1982)
      Chinese Semiotic Studies 12(3): 305-312, 2016.
    • Crossing the Ropey Bridge Between Art and Science with the Edusemiotics of Tarot Images
      Review of The Edusemiotics of Images: Essays on the Art Science of Tarot, by Inna Semetsky’ (Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, 2013) Cybernetics and Human Knowing, 21(4): 99-104, 2014.
    • Review of Essential Readings in Biosemiotics: Anthology and Commentary, edited by Donald Favareau (Dordrecht, London and New York: Springer. 2010)
      Social Semiotics, vol. 21 (4), 2011.


    University of Warwick

    • Research Methods for Computer Science - MSc, 2019-2020

    University of Lincoln

    • Media Production Dissertation - 3rd year, 2016-2017

    London Metropolitan University

    • Mass Communications Dissertation - Masters, 2012-2014
    • Principles of Digital Media - Masters, 2012
    • Media and Communication Dissertation - 3rd year, 2012-2014
    • Media and Communication Work Placement - 3rd year, 2014
    • Digital Culture - 2nd year, 2010-2014
    • Communication Theory - 2nd year, 2008
    • Broadcast Media - 2nd year, 2010
    • New Media, Technologies and Culture - 1st year, 2012-2014
    • Media Theory - 1st year, 2013-2014
    • Reading Media Texts - 1st year, 2009-2012
    • Media, Culture and Society - 1st year, 2008 - 2012
    • Media, History, Culture - 1st year, 2013

    Middlesex University

    • Creative Writing - Masters, 2016
    • Creating and understanding meaning - 3rd year, 2014

    University of West London

    • Writing for Media - 1st year, 2014-2015
    • TV and Radio Industries - 1st year, 2013