Current Projects

Polis: The civic potential of urban landscapes

 

This study examines the civic potential of urban landscapes and the ways in which we can re-engage young people with public spaces in the age of mediated reality.
The first stage of the analysis focuses on Athens (Greece) as a case study of an urban community facing considerable political, economic and social challenges. Through interviews with architects and civil society organisers, POLIS explores the boundaries and unique characteristics of the city’s public space and debates the impact of urban media on the civic culture.

Forthcoming book chapter: “Reclaiming the urban landscape, rebuilding the civic culture: Media and public space in Athens, Greece” in M. Shumow (ed), Mediated Communities: Civic Voices, Empowerment and Belonging In the Digital Era, New York: Peter Lang

 

 

On Cities: Media literacy as a tool of youth engagement with public space

 

Launched during the 6th Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change in 2012, this study is part of a global conversation led by Prof. Sanjeev Chatterjee aiming to better understand urban challenges and the role of cities in the 21st century, as well as to promote media literacy and global citizenship amongst young people.

For the purposes of this study, students focused on a challenge facing their community through visual artefacts and reflective essays (a slideshow of selected images is available here).

 

 

Populism and Extremism in Greece

 

During the last few years, Greece has witnessed a significant rise in the incidents of political violence. Extremist rhetoric has permeated the civic culture, while the institutions of representative democracy are struggling to maintain their legitimacy.
I recently completed a study into the role of populism, victimhood and revenge in the discourse of Greek anarchists. The next stage of the project includes an in-depth analysis of the phenomenon of “new terrorism” in Greece, including a detailed census of all terrorism-related incidents since 2003.

“The Ideology of Far-Left Populism in Greece: Blame, Victimhood and Revenge in the Discourse of Greek Anarchists”, Political Studies
“Greece: Politics at the Crossroads”, Political Insight, 4: 1
Op-ed article:
Postmodern terrorism [in Greek] GPSG Workshop on Political Violence, Terrorism & Extremism in Greece & Europe

 

 

Unplugged: 24 Hours without Media

 

This project explores young people’s relationship with the media and in particular the impact of our increasing media dependence on our relationship to public spaces and on the civic culture.

In 2010 I led the UK part of this global media study launched during the 4th Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change (The World UNPLUGGED, co-ordinated by Prof. Susan Moeller). The study examines students’ media uses based on a 24-hour total media withdrawal and subsequent reflective essay (media coverage here). A follow-up study (funded by BU’s Centre of Excellence in Media Practice) looked at the pedagogic implications of this experiment. A separate follow-up global study in 2012 (A Tethered World) examined the mobile information habits of university students.

Shortlisted for the 2011 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for An Excellent Educational Experience Underpinned by Research at Bournemouth University
“Αντέχεις ένα 24ωρο χωρίς Διαδίκτυο;”, Η Καθημερινή

 

 

Global Citizenship, Diplomacy and Civic Responsibility

 

Through conceptual development, expert interviews, case study research and a global survey, this project examines the role of the individual citizen in the context of globalisation, post-representational democracy and the online public sphere.

The first part of the study focuses on the concept of Citizen Diplomacy: Can citizens play a legitimate and effective role in international affairs? How has the internet affected diplomacy? Are online civic movements merely another form of political protest or are we witnessing the rise of a new paradigm of transnational body politic?

The second stage involves a global survey of young people on notions of civic responsibilities, rights and efficacy with a view to comparing how cohorts across different parts of the world understand and are prepared to engage with the concept of Global Citizenship.

Book chapter: Introducing ‘Citizen Diplomacy 2.0’: A Framework for the Study of Online Civic Engagement with Global Affairs

Book chapter: Global News, Global Challenges

Journal article: Journalism Students as Global Citizens and Mediators: Incorporating Global Current Affairs into the Journalism Curriculum

Video: Talk at the Salzburg Global Seminar – “The Age of Engagement”