Roman Gerodimos is a Principal Academic in Global Current Affairs at Bournemouth University, and a faculty member at the Salzburg Global Media Academy. Roman holds an M.Sc. in European Politics and Policy (LSE) and a Ph.D. in Political Communication from Bournemouth University. He is the winner of the Arthur McDougall prize for his research on online youth civic engagement. Roman’s current research projects focus on the nexus of globalization, democracy, technology and diplomacy; on drivers and emerging patterns of engagement and extremism; and on the role of civic media, art and public space as agents of engagement and urban coexistence. He has organised international conferences on new media and diplomacy (2009), media and empowerment (2011), the Greek crisis (2011), extremism in Europe (2014), migration and empathy (2016). He is the co-editor of The Media, Political Participation and Empowerment (Routledge 2013) and The Politics of Extreme Austerity: Greece in the Eurozone Crisis (Palgrave 2015). His work has appeared in numerous global media outlets (CNN, BBC, AP, Euronews, USA Today, Newsweek etc). Roman is currently staying at Schloss Leopoldskron in Austria as a Visiting Fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar during his university sabbatical, producing his third short film, Essence.
Honours and Prizes
2016 – Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 2016 Research in Film Awards
Shortlisted for At the Edge of the Present (Category: ‘The Utopia Award: Imagining our Futures)
2016 – 9th Thin Line Film Festival, Denton, Texas
Official Selection (A Certain Type of Freedom)
2016 – International Independent Film Awards
Winner, Diamond Award (Narration), At the Edge of the Present
Winner, Platinum Award (Narration), A Certain Type of Freedom
Winner, Gold Award (Documentary Short), At the Edge of the Present
Winner, Gold Award (Documentary Short), A Certain Type of Freedom
2016 – Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
Winner (Best Narration), A Certain Type of Freedom
2015 – Best Shorts Competition
Winner, Award of Merit: Special Mention (Experimental; Public Service Programming / PSA), At the Edge of the Present
Winner, Award of Merit: Special Mention (Experimental; Public Service Programming / PSA), A Certain Type of Freedom
2015 – Students’ Union at Bournemouth University
Winner, ‘You’re Brilliant’ prize
2012 – Students’ Union at Bournemouth University
Winner, ‘You’re Brilliant’ prize
2011 – Bournemouth University
Shortlisted, The Vice Chancellor’s Award for an Excellent Educational Experience Underpinned by Research, for “Going ‘Unplugged’: 24 Hours without Media”
2010 – Political Studies Association
Winner, The Arthur McDougall Prize for the Best Dissertation in Elections, Electoral Systems or Representation, for “New Media, New Citizens: The Terms and Conditions of Online Youth Civic Engagement”
2009 – Bournemouth University
Winner, BU Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
2008 – Bournemouth University
Winner, BU Inaugural Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
Dr Roman Gerodimos is Principal Lecturer in Global Current Affairs at the Faculty of Media and Communication, at Bournemouth University. His background is in political science and international studies. He holds an MSc in European Politics & Policy (LSE) and a PhD in Political Communication (Bournemouth). He is the winner of the 2010 Arthur McDougall Prize awarded by the Political Studies Association (PSA) for his research on youth civic engagement. He is the co-editor, with R. Scullion, D. Jackson and D. G. Lilleker of The Media, Political Participation and Empowerment (Routledge, 2013) and with G. Karyotis of The Politics of Extreme Austerity: Greece in the Eurozone Crisis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He has published in journals such as Political Studies; Public Administration; Information, Communication & Society; European Journal of Communication; Journal of Information Technology and Politics; Journalism Education and chapters in various edited volumes for the MIT Press, Peter Lang and Routledge.
Roman’s current research projects focus on: the role of digital literacy in fostering civic responsibility and global citizenship; the relationship between digital media, urban public space and the civic culture; youth engagement with global current affairs; populism, extremism and terrorism in Greece. He recently completed a £15,000 research sabbatical project at the Engagement Lab, Emerson College in Boston on “Utilising Media Literacy to Promote Student Engagement with Local and Global Issues: Research, Pedagogic Innovation and Community Engagement” funded by Bournemouth University’s Fusion Fund.
As Founder and Convenor of the Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) of the PSA over the last decade he has created and led the leading global network of experts on Greek society and politics; organising international conferences (“Images of Nations: Strategic Communication, Soft Power and the Media”, Athens, February 2009; “The Politics of Extreme Austerity: Greece Beyond the Crisis”, Glasgow, December 2011; “Political Violence, Extremism and Terrorism in Europe and Greece”, London, June 2014); raising tens of thousands of pounds in funding for events and projects; convening/chairing tens of conference panels, roundtables and research seminars both individually and in collaboration with major institutions (PSA, IPSA, ECPR, LSE, Yale, Salzburg Global Seminar, Fulbright Greece); launching and overseeing numerous prize and fieldwork competitions and channelling funding to young and emerging researchers; editing and curating numerous pamphlets, guides, podcasts and a Working Paper Series; and bringing academics in contact with international media and stakeholders.
Since 2010, Dr Gerodimos has been a faculty member at the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change – a global summer school on media literacy and youth engagement run by the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria; and as part of the Academy’s global research consortium he has led numerous global research projects in the UK (The World Unplugged / 2010; The Tethered World / 2011; On Cities / 2012).
Dr Gerodimos is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has won multiple awards and nominations for his pedagogic achievements and contribution to student learning. His work has featured in international media outlets such as: CNN, BBC TV, Radio and Online, Euronews, Associated Press, Radio France Internationale, ZDF, USA Today, International Business Times, Global Post, Newsweek / The Daily Beast, Radio Sputnik; as well as in national media across the world (USA, UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand).