Professor Myria Georgiou

Professor Myria Georgiou

Professor of Media and Communications | Research Director

Department of Media and Communications

Room No
FAW.6.01D
Office Hours
By appointment on Student Hub
Languages
English, French, Greek
Key Expertise
mediated identities; cities; migration

About me

Professor Myria Georgiou is the author and editor of four books and more than sixty peer reviewed publications. Her work has been published in English, French, Portuguese, Japanese, and Greek. She has also worked as a consultant for a number of regional and international organisations, most importantly the Council of Europe in three different projects. She has written for and been interviewed by a number of national and international media, while, before becoming a full time academic, she worked as a journalist for BBC World Service, Greek press, and the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation.

Adopting a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, she is committed to putting the human of the urban, transnationally connected world at the core of her research. Specifically, in research conducted across 6 countries over the last 20 years, she has been studying communication practices and media representations that profoundly, but unevenly, shape meanings and experiences of citizenship and identity.

Georgiou is the author and editor of four books and more than hundred peer reviewed publications. Her work has been published in English, French, Portuguese, Japanese, and Greek. She has also worked as a consultant for a number of regional and international organisations, most importantly the Council of Europe in three different projects. She has written for and been interviewed by a number of national and international media, while, before becoming a full time academic, she worked as a journalist for BBC World Service, Greek press, and the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation.

Expertise Details

migration and the media; media; city and urban communication; identity and diaspora; transnational communities and networks; audience research; media and everyday life

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