Current Research Project

“Effects of Media Representations of the Immigrant and Refugee Crisis on Intergroup Perceptions and Attitudes between Greeks and Immigrants: An Experimental Approach”

I am really excited about our new research project on the “Effects of Media Representations of the Immigrant and Refugee Crisis on Intergroup Perceptions and Attitudes between Greeks and Immigrants”. Our upcoming research program, funded by the European Social Fund within the framework of the operational program “Support of Researchers with an Emphasis in Young Researchers” (2019), will use an experimental approach to measure the consequences of media representations of immigration and the refugee crisis on intergroup relationships (between Greeks and immigrants) as well as on social cohesion and on migrants’ integration. Our research team will consist of Christina Angeli (PhD Candidate) and myself (as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow) as well as academic advisors Antonis Gardikiotis (Associate Professor in Social Psychology and the Mass Media) and Christos Frangonikolopoulos (Professor of International Relations). Stay tuned!

Previous or Continuing Research Projects

  • Media Representations of Immigration and the Refugee Crisis in Greece (2011 - Ongoing)

    Based on framing and content analysis as theoretical and methodological tools, respectively, my previous research project used the theoretical approach of peace journalism, as an emerging research and teaching field, to explore the ways in which different Greek media outlets portrayed immigration in crisis-stricken Greece, and particularly in the years between 2011 and 2014. The project is going on as I am currently investigating media representations of the refugee crisis during the summer of 2015 and 2018.

  • Daily Monitoring of Media Representations of the Refugee Crisis in Greece, in 2017, in the framework of the Observatory on Racism and Xenophobia in the Media (Charter of Idomeni)

    In 2017, I supervised the research process of a daily media monitoring of the refugee crisis in Greece (from selecting the sample and setting the criteria for content analysis to data collection, analysis and interpretation) and coordinated a research team of eight graduate students and researchers.

  • Field Research on Media & Peace-building in Rwanda

    In 2012, Ι ran a field research project on media and peace-building in Rwanda, in collaboration with the Dutch NGO Radio La Benevolencija Humanitarian Tools Foundation, where Ι had the opportunity to observe the results of a breakthrough research project on media and reconciliation in a post-genocide society.