Margot Bezzi
Senior Researcher & Innovation Policy Analyst

"The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions and god-like technology." - Edward O. Wilson

Margot Bezzi holds a Master degree in Communication Science and Media Studies from the University of Bologna (2004), where she graduated with a thesis on the impact of Internet in reshaping existing rights, creating new (digital) rights, and in generating new types of (digital) divides. Since then, her professional focus has always revolved around the societal transformations and impacts triggered by the digital revolution, which she analyses with a sociological and humanities perspective. Since 2009 she has been working on EU research and innovation (R&I) policies and funding programmes, focusing on the relationship between science, technology and society. This includes Responsible Research and Innovation, the transition towards open and participative R&I models, social innovation, and the societal implications of technologies, with particular attention to the societal and organizational transformations triggered by the digital transition and the Internet. Before joining CyberEthicsLab in January 2023, she has worked for APRE – Agency for the Promotion of the European Research – hosting the Italian National Contact Points for the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Between 2009 and 2013 she served as project and policy officer in the DG CONNECT of the European Commission where she was responsible for R&I projects in the area of ICT for public services, e-Inclusion, e-Health, Smart Homes. In DG CONNECT she took an active part in shaping policies in the field of digital social innovation and digital social science and humanities. Her previous assignments include experiences with the private sector in the ICT domain, and missions with the United Nations, in Chile (UNESCO) and Egypt (WFP). Since 2013 she has been supporting the European Commission as an independent expert during the evaluation process of R&I projects.

From Margot


How technologies can transform society

Steering research and innovation directions with full awareness of societal transformation levels We are all aware of the transformative power technologies exert at all levels of society, from the macro socio-economic level to the level of individuals, influencing the construction of our identity and sense of self as well as relational dynamics. However, the specific […]