I am Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Brighton (School of Media) and I am interested in critical aspects of digital culture, emerging technologies and social change. My current research focuses critical data literacy and citizen engagement with data. I have be awarded the 2017 University of Brighton Research & Enterprise Excellence Award for ECRs. Thought 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 serve as Chair of the Digital Culture & Communication Section of the European Communications Research and Education Association (ECREA). At the University of Brighton I lecture in media studies and innovation, and convene the MA Digital Media, Culture & Society. 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 by RCUK 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). 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!
RESEARCH AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS & PRIZES
- 2014 RCUK Digital Economy NEMODE +, Research secondment at Research Center Science and Justice, University of California, Santa Cruz. Project Tracking biodata: issues of ownership and sharing.
- 2013 EPSRC/ CCN+, SusNet – Sustaining Networked Knowledge: Feminist Media, Art and Activism, Research Co-Investigator, with Kate O’Riordan (P.I.)
- 2010 FWSA shortlisted Essay Awards.
CONFERENCE & WORKSHOP ORGANISING
- Smart publics? Mediation and public engagement with science and technology (Co-organised with Tobie Kerridge, Goldsmiths, University of London). Travelling seminar series of the Publics now, then and beyond network, Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance, Open University, with the Sussex Attenborough Centre for the Arts and Public Culture Hub, 5th December 2013.The event focuses on the publics and public issues relating to emerging technologies, such as smart energy grids, wearables and Energy Babbles.
- ECREA Young Scholars Network (YECREA) meeting, themed ‘Planning a non-conventional academic career in digital culture and communication: Challenges and opportunities’ (University of Bonn, 2-5 October 2013) – within the ECREA workshop of the Digital Culture and Communication (DCC) section.
- Workshop Queer, Feminist Social Media Praxis, Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies (17 May 2013), linked to (Im)possibly Queer International Feminisms, Second Annual IFjP Conference, University of Sussex 17-19 May 2013.
- Graduate conference Digital Methods, Cultural Politics and Feminist Approaches, Centre for Material Digital Culture, University of Sussex, July 2010.
- Brighton and Sussex Sexualities Network Annual Conference. Years 2012, 2010 and 2009
- Biodigital lives: making, consuming and archiving the lives of technoscience. Centre for Material Digital Culture, University of Sussex, July 2009.
- Pre-conference reading group: Dissident citizenship, academia and activism (in preparation for the conference Dissident Citizenship: Queer Postcolonial Belonging, Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence, University of Sussex), June 2010.
- Ngender Graduate Seminars in Gender Studies, University of Sussex. Primary organiser. Years 2009/2010 and 2010/2011.
- Sussex Humanities Graduate Centre Conference: Transitions, 2009.
- Feminist Review Journal.
- Times Higher Education.
- Reframe – Research in Media, Film and Music
- Times Higher Education book reviewer for Gender, media & Cultural studies text book supplement (Nov. 2012)
- Studies in Social and Political Thought (SSPT) Journal, University of Sussex.
- 8th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS), Naming and framing: The making of Sexual (In)Equality (June 2011, Madrid)
- ECREA European Media and Communication, Digital Culture & Communication 3rd workshop, Digital Culture: Innovative practices and critical theories (Barcelona 2011). 4th workshop, Bonn 2013.
- ECREA European Media and Communication, Digital Culture & Communication Section, Hamburg 2010 & Istanbul 2012.
- Research Support (April 2011-July 2012), working as part of the Research and Enterprise team of the School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex.
- Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)
- European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) – elected member – YECREA Representative.
- Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (FWSA).
- Brighton and Sussex Sexualities Network (BSSN).
- RCUK Digital Economy, Communities and Culture Network+ (CCN+)
- International Communication Association (ICA)
- RCUK Digital Economy, NEMODE +
- Ph.D. Media & Cultural Studies (2012) University of Sussex, UK
- Postgraduate Certificate in Social Research Methods (2009) University of Sussex, UK
- M.A. Media & Cultural Studies (2008) University of Sussex, UK
- B. Sc. (Open, Physics & Social Sciences) (2008) The Open University, UK (transferred credits from BSc Physics, University of Ioannina)
- B.A. Hons Art & Design (3D Animation & Multimedia Productions), First Class (2006) Middlesex University (with AKTO, Athens).
GRADUATE SUMMER SCHOOLS
- Feminist Technoscience: Articulating the Human and the Nonhuman, Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies & Centre for Science Studies, Lancaster University. May 2011
- Ethnoscapes, cultural diversity and media in an enlarged Europe, ECREA European Media and Communication, Estonia. August 2009