Professor Myria Georgiou

Professor Myria Georgiou

Professor of Media and Communications

Department of Media and Communications

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Key Expertise
Mediated Identities; Cities; Migration

About me

Myria Georgiou is Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.

Professor Georgiou is the author and editor of five 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.

Expertise Details

Migration and the Media; City and Urban Communication; Identity and Diaspora; Transnational Communities and Networks; Audience Research; Media and Everyday Life


For more than 20 years, Professor 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 projects. Among those, her most recent monograph, Being Human in Digital Cities (Polity, 2023), explores the manifestations and contestations of the digital order in cities, through competing claims to urban humanity by different actors – from the Big Tech to dwellers of cities. Before that, her co-authored book, The Digital Border (with L. Chouliaraki, NYU Press, 2022), brought together research conducted over five years across Europe; this project explores the technological and symbolic construction of borders and politics of racial assortment of humanities, separating those who have the right to dignity and rights from those who don’t. Georgiou’s commitment to investigating the ethics and politics of migration is also expressed in a series of projects (e.g. with young urban refugees in Europe; and with Ukrainian refugees at the Polish/Ukrainian border) that bring to the foreground of her research the voices and experiences of migrants.  

Current and recent research projects

  • (2020-23) ySkills - Youth Skills. EU Horizon (LSE team)    
  • (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



  • Georgiou, M. (2023) Being Human in Digital Cities. Polity Press. ISBN 9781509530793. Buy from Polity or Amazon.
  • Chouliaraki, L. and Georgiou, M. (2022) The Digital Border: Migration, Technology, Power. NYU Press. ISBN 1479873403. Buy from NYU Press or Amazon.
  • Smets, K., Leurs, K., Georgiou, M., Witteborn, S., and R. Gajjala (2020) The Sage handbook of media and migration. London and Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Access here.
  • Georgiou, M. (2013) Media and the city: cosmopolitanism and difference. Polity global media and communication series. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780745648552. Access here.
  • Georgiou, M. (2006) Diaspora, identity and the media: diasporic transnationalism and mediated spatialities. Hampton Press, Cresskill, N.J., United States. ISBN 1572737247. Access 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 Koulaxi and Rob SharpNan Ding, Stephanie Guo, Solomon Katachie and Lili Wang.