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Fabio Cristiano

Doctoral Candidate

Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies

Main research areas

  • Cyberwarfare and the Ontology of War 
  • Israel-Palestine and Middle East Politics
  • War and Technology
  • Virtual Representations and Simulations of War
  • Hacktivism and Internet as Human Right
  • Critical Theory

Current research

Fabio Cristiano is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Political Science. His research interest evolves around ontological debates on cyberwar and cyberwarfare. In his doctoral thesis - Ontologies of a Cyberwar. The Politics of Virtuality in the Struggle for Palestine - Fabio delineates an ontology of cyberwar that, transcending pure securitarian concerns, looks at the political subjectivities that are constructed through this specific context of war. Rooted in conflict studies, his research speaks to debates on virtuality/reality and unity/multiplicity in political thought. Other areas of interest are cyber-diplomacy and peacebuilding. 

Published Work

Work in Progress

  • Cristiano, F. (2018, forthcoming) " Technological Determinism and Internet Access as Human Right: A Dystopian Critique from the Occupied Palestinian Territory". Book chapter in Marie Christine Doran et al. (2018, eds) Human Rights As Battlefields, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • Cristiano, F. (in preparation) "Love, Gaming, and Mobility: the Algorithmic Aesthetics of the Occupation in Palestine". Article co-authored with Emilio Distretti (to be presented at ISA 2018).
  • Cristiano, F. (in preparation) "Affect and Empathy beyond Proximity: Drone Targeted Killings and Humanely Slaughtered Meat". Article co-authored with Kurtis Boyer.
  • Cristiano, F. (in preparation) "Palestine". Book chapter in Mary Manjikian et al. (2019, eds) Palgrave Handbook on Global Cybersecurity, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Cristiano, F. (in preparation) "Israel". Book chapter in Mary Manjikian et al. (2019, eds) Palgrave Handbook on Global Cybersecurity, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


      Fabio Cristiano teaches the following courses at the Department of Political Science-Peace & Conflict Studies (FKV), BIDS - Interdisciplinary BA in Development Studies (UTVC), Graduate School of Social Science (SIMM) and Center for Educational Development (CED):

      • FKVC31- Diplomacy, Negotiation and Mediation (convenor, lecturer and examiner)
      • FKVB21- War and Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (convenor, lecturer and examiner)
      • SIMM30 - Participatory Methods of Change and Development (lecturer)
      • UTVC21 - Development in a Historical Perspective: Economic, Social and Political Transformation (lecturer and examiner)
      • UTVC22 – Development Policy in Practice (lecturer and examiner)
      • UTVC25 - Development Cooperation in Practice (lecturer and examiner)
      • UTVC26 - Research Methods in Development Studies (lecturer and examiner)
      • CED - Staff Pedagogical training in Open Networked Learning (co-facilitator and examiner)


      Fabio Cristiano
      E-mail: fabio [dot] cristiano [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

      Doctoral student

      Department of Political Science

      +46 46 222 68 70

      +46 76 046 67 18



      Visiting lecturer

      Department of Human Geography


      Fabio Cristiano holds a master degree in Conflict Resolution and Governance from the University of Amsterdam. Prior to this, he received a master in International Development Administration from Leiden University and a bachelor degree in Political Science from the University "L'Orientale" in Naples. In 2005, he also spent one semester at the University Paris-Est.

      Department of Political Science
      Lund University
      Visiting address: Paradisgatan 5H (House: Eden)
      Postal address: Box 52, SE-221 00 LUND
      Telephone: +46 46-222 89 52

      Faculty of Social Sciences