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About me

I joined CAMRI as a member of staff in September 2007 and I am currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication. I hold a PhD in Media and Communication and a MA in Communication from the University of Westminster, and a BSc in Marketing and Public Relations from the Athens University of Economics and Business.

My research focuses on the links between online tools and decentralized organizing practices, democratic decision-making, and the development of solidarity and a sense of common identity among participants in collective action. I have investigated a wide range of case studies, including the Global Justice Movement, Avaaz, and the Occupy movement.

My work has appeared in a variety of edited books and academic journals, such as Media, Culture & Society and Information, Communication & Society. I am currently undertaking research on the role of the internet in economic justice activism, and the Occupy Movement in particular, in the USA and the UK. This research is funded by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. Since September 2010, I have been an Assistant Editor at Media, Culture & Society.

I am also on the advisory board of the International Journal of E-Politics and Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture. In September 2013, I became a Co-Convenor of the 'Internet and Politics' Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

Teaching

I have taught both on the BA and the MA level on a variety of topics including communication theory, new media theory, activism and campaigning.

I have led the BA module 'Network Society and the Media', a core module for second-year students in BA Journalism, BA Public Relations, BA Television Production and BA Radio Production. The module investigates the social, political and economic implications of digital communication technologies discussing issues of convergence, content production, mobility, and community.

I have also led the MA module 'Theories of Communication', a core module for MA Communication and MA Media and Development students which considers key theorists from media and communication studies and looks at how their work is relevant today. Other modules I have led include 'Media, Activism and Censorship', an optional MA module which examines the role of media in political mobilization, social movements, dissent, wars, conflicts, and political and social crises.

From September 2014 I will be co-directing the MA in Media, Campaigning and Social Change (degree subject to validation). More information about the new MA can be found here.

Research

My research interests include the relationship between online tools, advocacy groups and social movements. I am particularly interested in the role of the internet in processes of organizing, decision-making and collective identity formation, as well as in how online tools affect the activists' interaction with the media and with the targets of their campaigns.

In my doctoral research, which I completed in 2007 at the University of Westminster, I investigated the use of email lists and the web by activists involved in the Global Justice Movement in Europe. Further research focused on organizations like Avaaz, Amnesty International and 38 Degrees.

I am currently conducting research on the role of the internet in economic justice activism, and the Occupy Movement in particular, in the USA and the UK. The study is funded by a Mid-Career Fellowship by the British Academy. As part of the fellowship, I have been/will be a visiting researcher at the University of Washington, at New York University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Other research projects, currently at the writing-up stage, include a survey of Greenpeace members concerning their use of social media platforms that was conducted in collaboration with Greenpeace International and Sandy Schumann from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. They also comprise a study of the role of space, both online and offline, in the Indignant movement in Athens, undertaken together with Orsalia Dimitriou from Central St Martins and Goldsmiths College.

I am Director of Studies of four PhD students whose research focuses on a wide range topics, including the use of Facebook by the Purple Movement in Italy, the impact of the internet on women's empowerment in China, the role of internet memes in anti-Putin protests in Russia, as well as the use of new media by advocacy organizations in Zimbabwe. I am Co-Convenor of the 'Internet and Politics' Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and a member of the International Communication Association (ICA) and the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).

Awards:

  • Awarded £86,410 from the British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship Scheme for a project entitled Digital Communications Technologies and Protest Movements: The Case of Occupy (Ref: MD130045), 16 September 2013 to 15 September 2014.
  • Co-Inverstigator in Community-powered transformations: Digital transformations in the creative relationships between cultural and media organisations and their users, awarded £29,836 from the AHRC Research Development Grants Scheme (Ref: AH/J01303X/1), 14 February 2012 to 30 September 2012.
  • Awarded £500 from the British Academy Overseas Conference Grant Scheme to attend the conference of the International Communication Association in Montreal, Canada, 22 to 26 May 2008.
  • Scholarship by the Oxford Internet Institute covering tuition fees and accommodation for the Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme in Beijing, China, 7 to 21 July 2005.
  • Studentship by the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) of the University of Westminster to study for a PhD in Media and Communication, September 2002 to September 2005.

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.