Prior to joining the prestigious American University of Beirut, Marco Bardus was a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School, and a postdoctoral researcher in the BeCHANGE Research Group, Institute for Public Communication, and at the European Journalism Observatory (EJO), Institute of Media and Journalism, at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland.
Within BeCHANGE, he undertook his PhD studies and gained significant experience as researcher in Health communication and as teaching assistant in Social Marketing.
Within EJO he collaborated on the social media marketing strategy and was in charge of organizing social media training courses for EJO editors and for PhD students. He still collaborates with Prof. Stephan Russ-Mohl (USI) and Prof. Vinzenz Wyss, from the Zuercher Fachhochschule fuer Angewandte Wissenschaften (ZHAW).
Marco obtained his PhD in Communication Sciences in April 2012, under the supervision of Prof. L. Suzanne Suggs. Marco’s dissertation investigated the effects of an e-mail and SMS-based physical activity intervention in UK workplaces.
His interest towards research started in 2005, after his working experience as intern and planner at the Savonlinna Institute for Regional Development and Research, directed by Dr. Pellervo Kokkonen, within the University of Eastern Finland (formerly known as University of Joensuu).
After his Finnish experience, he went back to Italy to complete his Master thesis in Public Relations on the emotionality of brands, under the supervision of Prof. Renata Kodilja, with whom he collaborated as research assistant until June 2008.