Professor Myria Georgiou

Professor Myria Georgiou

Professor of Media and Communications

Department of Media and Communications

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About me

Prof Georgiou is on sabbatical until the beginning of the 2018/19 academic year (27 September 2018).

Myria Georgiou is Professor of Media and Communications in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. She holds a PhD in Sociology from LSE, an MSc in Journalism from Boston University and a BA in Sociology from Panteion University, Athens. Her research focuses on media and the city; urban technologies and politics of connection; and the ways in which migration and diaspora are politically, culturally and morally constituted in the context of mediation. For more than 20 years she has been conducting and leading cross-national and transurban research across Europe and between British and American cities. She has also worked as a journalist for BBC World Service, Greek press, and the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation.

Her PhD was conducted under the guidance of Prof Roger Silverstone and her doctoral thesis was an ethnography of media consumption and identity construction within the London Greek Cypriot diaspora. After her PhD, she took up a postdoctoral position at the LSE, working again with Roger Silverstone (EMTEL2 Network; FP5), and conducting the first ever mapping of diasporic media in the EU. Prof Georgiou has served as the Chair of the Ethnicity and Race in Communication (ERIC) Division of ICA (2009-11); she is the founder and former chair of the Diaspora, Migration and Media section of ECREA and she is a Board Member of the Urban Communication Foundation (UCF). Her expertise in the area of cultural diversity and mediation has led to a number of invited consultancies and advisory roles for various organisations, including the Council of Europe; International Broadcasting Trust (IBT); Panos Paris; and Panos London. Her work has been published in English, French, Japanese, and Greek.

Expertise

audience research; diaspora; migration and the media; identity and the media; media and the city; transnational communities and networks

Research

For more than 20 years, Prof Georgiou has been researching media and communications’ role in constructing meanings of identity and citizenship. Her current research has three distinct but interconnected strands. The first strand examines the synergetic relation between media and the city and the ways in which their close interconnection organises and regulates urban publics and communities. The second strand examines media’s role in identity construction, especially among diasporic populations and migrants. The third strand explores the ways in which diversity is represented in the media and the consequences that these representations have for the European ethical and political space. 

These strands are explored in a series of recent and current research project that include a study of communication infrastructure in multicultural London (LSE); a cross-European project on migration and the media in the context of t Europe’s “refugee crisis” (LSE); a cross-European project on Arab audiences and citizenship (EU); and a study of digital politics among London’s youth (EU). She has recently completed a book titled Media and the City (2013, Polity Press).

Current and recent research projects

  • (2017-19) Resilient Communities, Resilient Cties? Digital Makings of the City of Refuge. Rockefellar Foundation. (Principal Investigator)
  • (2017-18) Communicating the Digital City. Leverhulme Trust International Academic Fellowship. (Principal Investigator)
  • (2016-18)  Social Media and Identity from the Perspective of Diasporic LGBTQs. European Commission Horizon 2020 Marie-Curie European Fellowship Research Fellow: Lukasz Szulc (Principal Investigator)
  • (2016-19) Alevi Television and the Making of Transnational Alevi Identity.  The Royal Society Newton International Fellowship (UK Academic; PI: Cetin Berfin)
  • (2013-2015) Marie Curie Inter-European Fellowship: (UPLOAD) Upload. Urban Politics of London Youngsters Analyzed Digitally, Research Fellow: Keun Leurs (Principal Investigator)
  • (2013-2014) Community through digital connectivity? Communication infrastructure in multicultural London.   LSE Seed Fund. (PI)
  • (2008-2011) Media and Citizenship: Transnational Television Cultures Reshaping Political Identities in the European Union; European Commission FP7 (Partner, leading research in the UK, Spain, Cyprus)
  • (2007-2008) International Networks Collaboration Mediated Networks: Engendered Diaspora and Global Citizenship (funded by the World Universities Network and the University of Leeds)
  • (2007-2009) Representation of Minorities in the European Press - UK Team leader. EU Fundamental Rights Agency

Publications

Books

  • Georgiou, M. (2013) Media and the city: cosmopolitanism and difference. Polity global media and communication series. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780745648552. Buy here.
  • Georgiou, M. (2006) Diaspora, identity and the media: diasporic transnationalism and mediated spatialities. Hampton Press, Cresskill, N.J., United States. ISBN 1572737247. See details here.

 

Other publications

View a comprehensive list of Prof Georgiou's pubilcations

Teaching and supervision

Postgraduate teaching

Prof Georgiou convenes the popular postgraduate course Identity, Transnationalism and the Media and has also contributed lectures to team-taught postgraduate Media and Communications courses relating to theories and concepts (MC408/MC418) and research methodologies (MC4M1/MC4M2).

Doctoral supervision

Prof Georgiou supervises doctoral researchers and welcomes applications from prospective students relating to her areas of research. Her current doctoral supervisees include Afroditi-Maria KoulaxiZhongwei Li and Rob Sharp