A. Priante MSc (Anna)

PhD Candidate

About Me

Anna Priante is a PhD candidate at the departments of Public Administration and NIKOS (Netherlands Institute for Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship) at the University of Twente. Her PhD project focuses on the effectiveness of Twitter cancer awareness campaigns on prevention and early detection behavior. The goal of the project is explaining how online identities and network structures explain the effectiveness of online advocacy campaigns in achieving their goals. Her research aims to contribute to social movement and organizations, network and identity literature. Methodologically, it exploits the potential of Big Data methods combined with qualitative and quantitative approaches by utilizing a unique dataset obtained via a Twitter #datagrant. Anna is part of the team that in 2014 received one of the first six awarded Twitter #datagrants for a study of online cancer awareness campaigns, such as #Movember (prostate and testicular cancer). Anna’s PhD advisors are prof. dr. Ariana Need, dr. Michel Ehrenhard, dr. Tijs van den Broek and dr. Djoerd Hiemstra.

Anna obtained a BSc in Sociology (cum Laude, 2012) and a MSc in Sociology and Social Research (cum Laude, 2015) at the University of Trento (Italy). Her master thesis focused on processes of public communication of science on Twitter. During her Master program Anna has also collaborated with two research groups: Science Technology and Society (STSTN) at the University of Trento (ongoing collaboration) and Observa Science in Society (Vicenza).





  • Online social movements
  • Social media and computer-mediated communication
  • Identity theory
  • Network theory
  • Quantitative and network analysis
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Computational Methods
  • Public communication and understanding of science

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  • Instructor in the course "Social Problems" with prof. Ariana Need (Public Administration Master Program, University of Twente) – Set/Nov 2015; Set/Nov 2016 and Set/Nov 2017
  • Teaching Assistant in the courses Sociology of Science (Bachelor program) and Communication, Science and Technology (Master program) with prof. Massimiano Bucchi (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento) – Academic years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.


Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 4113
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  4113
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands