I am Principal Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Media and Communication Studies at the University of Brighton and I am interested in critical aspects of digital culture, emerging technologies and social change. I am currently writing a book on Feminist Data Studies: big data, critique and social justice.
My current research focuses critical data literacies and citizen engagement with data. I have been awarded the 2017 University of Brighton Research & Enterprise Excellence Award for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and am currently the ECR Ambassador of the University of Brighton. Through my projects, I combine media analysis approaches with ethnographic methods, and seek to produce critical and responsible research about the digital transformations of our social worlds. I am also a member of the new network ‘New Environments – New Knowledge l UKRI eNurture Network‘, promoting improved mental health outcomes for young people in a digital world.
Between 2016 and 2018 I served as Chair of the Digital Culture & Communication Section of the European Communications Research and Education Association (ECREA). At the University of Brighton I teach in the fields of critical media theory, digital research methods and the sociology of media at undergraduate and MA level. I am the MA Course Leader of the MA Digital Media, Culture and Society, and leader of the postgraduate modules: Big Data, Society and Culture; Understanding Digital Culture and Society; and Practising Media Research. My new book is entitled “Feminist activism and digital networks: between empowerment and vulnerability” (2017, Palgrave MacMillan/ Springer). Positioned at the intersections of media and cultural studies with science and technologies studies, I have published widely in the themes of information politics and big data, digital engagement, media literacy, intersectionality and queer theory, digital networks and feminism.
In May 2015 I completed research that I started as Postdoctoral Fellow in 2013 (based at the University of Sussex) on the project EPINET Integrated Assessment of Societal Impacts of Emerging Science and Technology from within Epistemic Networks (FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2012– European Commission. Collaborative project). This was a media analysis of three emerging technologies – smart grids, wearable sensors and in-vitro meat. The project overall exploreed new ways for bringing methodologies of studying emerging technologies into concert with each other, as well as with the concerns of innovators, policy makers and citizens.
Before joining the University of Brighton in 2015 I was at Lancaster University, Sociology Department as Lecturer in Media. I was Visiting Scholar at the Science and Justice Research Center, University of California Santa Cruz, and during my residence in 2014 I examined practices of data sharing and algorithmic living (Tracking biodata: sharing and ownership, funded byRCUK Digital Economy NEMODE, Research secondment grant).
As a postdoc between 2012-2014, I worked in the projects:
– The one-year network project Susnet – Sustaining networked knowledge: expertise, feminist media production, art and activism, funded by the Digital Economy ‘Communities and Culture’ Network+ (Research Co-Investigator, University of Sussex). The network brought together feminist cultural production, art and activist practices and enables exchanges between different researchers, activists, artists and dimensions of community. It aimed to produce a sustainable co-created platform for critical and creative conversations about digital engagement. The project led to the a special issue on Digital Media Praxis, Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology (Issue 5, July 2014).
– Between 2012-2013, I worked as Research Assistant in the research project Storycircle – at the University of London, Goldsmiths College (Department of Media and Communications, PI Nick Couldry) (Framework for Innovation and Research in MediaCityUK (FIRM). This was an action research project that examined the social and digital conditions for narrative exchange and knowledge production.
– During this time I was also involved as Research Assistant in the Horizon Scoping Study Digital expertise, literacy and knowledge funded by the Digital Economy Communities and Culture Network+/EPSRC (University of Sussex, PI Caroline Bassett). This project considered questions of digital literacy and, more broadly, questions of digital engagement and the kinds of expertise that are necessary to access/enable engagement (See Scoping study report for the Digital Economy ‘Communities and Culture’ Network+ (CCNetwork+): Literacy, Expertise & Knowledge Scoping Report).
Born in Germany, I grew up in Greece, where I studied Physics. I soon became interested in Sociology and went on to study for a BSc in Social Sciences and Physics at The Open University. Exploring my artistic inclinations, I also trained in Multimedia and 3D Animation and passed my BA (Hons) Art & Design with distinction (Middlesex University, with AKTO), with a Dissertation on Postmodernism in Animation. I then worked as a digital artist and animator for a while, which gave me valuable insight in advertising and the creative industries. I moved to Brighton, UK in 2007 to undertake a Masters in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, working on a dissertation about Blogging and Women, and remained by the sea for my PhD study on Digital networks, feminism and queer activism, which I submitted in 2011. My research is mainly ethnographic, so during the same time I also studied for a PGCert in Social Research Methods. After spending some months in San Francisco and Santa Cruz, while on research secondment, I moved to Lancaster for a year to take up a permanent position in Sociology in September 2014, only to return to Brighton a year later, to take up a position at the University of Brighton, with focus on the new degree in Media and Innovation. I enjoy swimming in the sea and being creative in unexpected ways!