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Dr Giota Alevizou

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Professional biography

Giota Alevizou is a digital culture and social media scholar, with an interest on the intersections of politics, technology and collective expression.  She has served as Research Fellow, and currently a consultant visiting fellow, in the Strategic Research Area Citizenship and Governance, exploring ways of digital being in smart cities as well as digital and creative politics in the representation of the migration crisis.

Prior to joining the Open University, she has held research and faculty positions in Media, and Communications Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as at the Department of Media and Film at Sussex University, where is also obtained her Doctorate.

Research interests

Giota’s interest in the relationship of digital media and citizenship was developed during her research and teaching posts within Design Group and the Development Politics within the OU. During the last 6 years she has conducted funded research within two main strands: a) Urban media ecologies and creative civic activism; b) the intersections of digital technologies, knowledge and networked learning. Within these, she has explored issues as well as behaviours and technologies that contribute to spheres of urban activism and community media and has contributed to interdisciplinary vocabularies and methodologies for understanding digital and creative citizenship. As a Principal Investigator (PI),  she has recently finalised an AHRC- funded project exploring the intersections of communications, critical cartography and community asset mapping. The project was followed on from a large cross-university project, also funded by AHRC and EPSRC, Media, Community and the Creative Citizen.

Her work has also examined the changing nature of Higher Education (both in terms of political economy and discourses about networked pedagogies), and developed critical frameworks of understanding the intersections among open data, digital learning and social media cultures opportunities and challenges relating to participatory interfaces and pedagogies associated with social media (see projects, such Open Learning Networks (Olnet) funded by William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, JISC and HEA


Giota has published work in the cultural politics of technology in education, open, free culture, community media and urban civic cultures. Her forthcoming work include several co-authored chapters in the Creative Citizen Unbound (edited by Ian Hargreaves and John Hartley, Policy Press, 2016) and a monograph, The Web of Knowledge: Encyclopaedias in the Digital Age to be published by Polity (2017). She has previously taught and researched media and communications at London School of Economics and Political Science and at Sussex University. For further details see, tab [Publications] and

Teaching interests

Giota holds a SEDA certificate of teaching in Higher Education. She has delivered several interactive  lectures on aspects of distributed  intelligence  and online collaboration in large scale social information  environments to undergraduates within the modules of ‘Exploring  Creativity’  and ‘Digital Economies  and Audiences’  with the Digital Humanities  Department  at Kings College London as well as the Departments of Media and Communications at LSE and Goldsmiths (2014-2016).

Teaching within the OU includes Media, Conflict and Development within T879 (Conflict and Development) (PG), which drew also on past research on data journalism and on humanitarian communication.

She currently supervises and mentors PhDs in Social Media and Urban Social Movements. Social Media and Social Care (current).

Between 2005-2009, Giota taught at London School of Economics and Sussex University  both undergraduate and postgraduate courses  on; Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications; New Media, Information and Knowledge Systems; Modern Campaigning Politics; Media Analysis.

In addition to extensive supervision and teaching management activiites, she has published (together with Prof. Grainne Connole) the highly influential: Web 2.0 and Social media in Higher Education (HEA, 2010). Free download

Impact and engagement

Between 2009-2012, Giota was involved in projects surrounding Open Education, Open Data and Learning Analytics, funded by, and developed through collaborations with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Wikimedia Foundation (US) as well as JISC and Higher Education Academy (UK).

Since 2011 she has been involved in a number of AHRC-EPSRC funded research projects under the Connected Communities / Digital Economy programs and developed partnerships with numerous stakeholders NESTA, OFCOM, The Glass House Community Led design, Living Maps Network and several councils and social enterprises in London. Within these projects, there has often an emphasis on developing community-academic partnerships and coproduce socially engaged interventions for community impact.

Exploring the relationships between social media and social activism, digital cities and digital citizenship, further current collaborations are being explored with Museum /Arts Charites, including the Tate Exchange Programme, Universities and digital technology collectives. 

External collaborations

Giota has served an advisory board member at the Open  Knowledge Foundation and the Wikimedia Foundation   Research   Committee and Living Maps Network.   She’s a   member   of   professional  associations   in   Media, Communications  and Internet Research (including ECREA, IAMCR and AoiR) and have served programme committee member in major conferences in the Political and Digital Communication (e.g. OpenSym, ECREA’s Digital Communication and Culture, IAMCR’s Participatory Communication and Community Media). 


Civic media and technologies of belonging: Where digital citizenship and ‘the right to the city’ converge (2020-09-01)
Alevizou, Giota
International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, 16(3) (pp. 269-290)

Virtual Schooling, COVID-Inequalities: Building Resilience and Digital Literacies for Uncertain Futures (2020)
Alevizou, Giota
Digital Culture & Education

From digital commons to the data-fied urge: Theorising evolving trends in the intersections of digital culture and open education (2017)
Alevizou, Giota
First Monday, 22(6)

From OER to MOOCs: Critical perspectives on the historical mediation trajectories of open education (2015-06-01)
Alevizou, Giota
International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, 11(2) (pp. 203-224)

Learning from the use of media in community-led design projects (2015)
Alexiou, K.; Alevizou, G.; Zamenopoulos, T.; de Sousa, S. and Dredge, L.
Cultural Science, 8(1) (pp. 30-40)

Community indicators: a framework for observing and supporting community activity on Cloudworks (2014)
Galley, Rebecca; Conole, Grainne and Alevizou, Panagiota
Interactive Learning Environments, 22(3) (pp. 373-395)

Open to interpretation? Productive frameworks for understanding audience engagement with Open Educational Resources (2012-06)
Alevizou, Panagiota
Revista Educação e Cultura Contemporânea, 9(18) (pp. 3-19)

Book review: Ruth Wodak & Veronika Keller (eds.), Handbook of communication in the public sphere. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2008 (2010)
Alevizou, Panagiota
Language in Society, 39(4) (pp. 555-561)

Digital generations: Children, young people and new media (2005)
Alevizou, Panagiota
Education, Communication and Information, 5(1) (pp. 83-90)

To wire or not to wire? Encyclopaedia Britannica versus Microsoft Encarta (2002)
Alevizou, Panagiota
Journal of Educational Technology and Society, 5(1) (pp. 163-167)

Civic Media & Placemaking: (Re)Claiming Urban & Migrant Rights Across Digital and Physical Spaces (2020)
Alevizou, Giota
In: Smets, Kevin; Leurs, Koen; Georgiou, Myria; Witteborn, Saskia and Gajjala, Radhika eds. The SAGE Handbook of Media and Migration
Publisher : SAGE

From mediation to datafication: theorizing evolving trends in media, technology and learning (2017)
Alevizou, Giota
In: Ferreira, G. M. S.; Rosado, L. A. S. and Carvalho, J. S. eds. Education and technology: critical approaches (pp. 332-357)
Publisher : Editora UNESA/SESES | Published : Rio de Janeiro

Varieties of Creative Citizenship (2016-04-06)
Zamenopoulos, Theodore; Alexiou, Katerina; Alevizou, Giota; Chapain, Caroline; Sobers, Shawn and Williams, Andy
In: Hargreaves, Ian and Hartley, John eds. The Creative Citizen Unbound: How social media and DIY culture contribute to democracy, communities and the creative economy (pp. 103-128)
ISBN : 978-1447324959 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol

Asset mapping and civic creativity (2016-04-06)
Alexiou, Katerina; Aguista, Emma; Alevizou, Giota; Chapain, Caroline; Greene, Catherine; Harte, Dave; Ramster, Gail and Zamenopoulos, Theodore
In: Hargreaves, Ian and Hartley, John eds. The creative citizen unbound: How social media and DIY culture contribute to democracy, communities and the creative economy (pp. 181-204)
ISBN : 978-1447324959 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol

Civic cultures and modalities of place-making (2016-04-06)
Alevizou, Giota; Alexiou, Katerina; Harte, Dave; Sobers, Shawn; Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Turner, Jerome
In: Hargreaves, Ian and Hartley, John eds. The creative citizen unbound: How social media and DIY culture contribute to democracy, communities and the creative economy (pp. 205-230)
ISBN : 978-1447324959 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol

Wikis (2015-02-05)
Alevizou, Giota
In: Ang, Peng Hwa; Mansell, Robin and Steinfield, Charles eds. The International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society (3rd ed) (pp. 1180-1187)
ISBN : 9781118290743 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell | Published : London

Wards Corner Community Plan Case Study (2014-09-18)
Alexiou, Katerina; Alevizou, Giota and Zamenopoulos, Theodore
In: Lockton, D; Greene, K.; Casey, A; Raby, L and Vickress, A eds. Variety Pack: Inspiring Digital Ideas From Community Projects
ISBN : 978-1-907342-97-4 | Publisher : Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design | Published : London

Collectivity, performance and self-representation: analysing Cloudworks as a public space for networked learning and reflection (2012)
Alevizou, Panagiota; Galley, Rebecca and Conole, Grainne
In: Dirckinck-Holmfeld, Lone; Hodgson, Vivien and McConnell, David eds. Exploring the Theory, Pedagogy and Practice of Networked Learning (pp. 75-97)
ISBN : 978-1-4614-0495-8 | Publisher : Springer | Published : New York

Communications by design? Community spaces, neighbourhood media & creative citizens (2013-06)
Alevizou, Panagiota; Alexiou, Katerini and Ramster, Gail
In : IAMCR 2013 Conference: Crises, 'Creative Destruction' and the Global Power and Communication Orders (25-29 Jun 2013, Dublin, Ireland)

Creative communities, creative assets: exploring methods of mapping community assets (2013)
Greene, Catherine; Alevizou, Giota; Ramster, Gail; Alexiou, Katerina; Zamenopoulos, Theo; Outten, Alan and Corzannelli, Cristina
In : Nordes2013: Experiments in Design Research: Expressions, Knowledge, Critique (9-12 Jun 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark/Malmö, Sweden)

Communications by design? Intersections of creative citizenship, community media and participatory design (2013)
Alevizou, Giota; Alexiou, Katerina; Greene, Catherine and Ramster, Gail
In : Communication and the City: Voices, Spaces, Media (14-15 Jun 2013, Leeds, UK)

The dark side of the knowledge commons?: Open educational media and tensions surrounding autonomy and novel spheres of control (2012-10)
Alevizou, Giota
In : ECREA 2012 Pre-Conference: Imposing Freedoms: The Role of Copyright, Privacy and Censorship Governance in the Re/definition of Rights in Digital Media (23 Oct 2012, Istanbul, Turkey)

Open to interpretation?: productive frameworks for understanding audience engagement with OER (2012-03)
Alevizou, Panagiota
In : Cambridge 2012: Innovation and Impact – Openly Collaborating to Enhance Education, a joint meeting of OER12 and OpenCourseWare Consortium Global 2012 (16-18 Apr 2012, Cambridge, UK)

Expert participation on Wikipedia: barriers and opportunities (2011-08)
Taraborelli, Dario; Mietchen, Daniel; Alevizou, Panagiota and Gill, Alastair
In : Wikimania 2011 (4-6 Aug 2011, Haifa, Israel)

A method and tool to support the analysis and enhance the understanding of peer-­to-­peer learning experiences (2010-11-04)
De Liddo, Anna and Alevizou, Panagiota
In : OpenED2010: Seventh Annual Open Education Conference (2-4 Nov 2010, Barcelona, Spain)

Distributed mentoring: peer interaction and collaborative learning in P2PU (2010-11)
Alevizou, Panagiota
In : Open ED 2010: Seventh Annual Open Education Conference (2-4 Nov 2010, Barcelona, Spain)

Engaging with open education (2010-07)
Alevizou, Panagiota and Forte, Andrea
In : Panel in 6th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, WikiSym '10 (7-9 Jul 2010, Gdansk, Poland)

Ritual performances and collective intelligence: theoretical frameworks for analyising activity patterns in Cloudworks (2010)
Alevizou, Panagiota; Conole, Grainne; Culver, Juliette and Galley, Rebecca
In : 7th International Conference in Networked Learning (3-5 May 2010, Aalborg, Denmark)

Conceptualising collaborative participation and engagement for learning and creativity in OER communities (2010)
Alevizou, Panagiota; Wilson, Tina and McAndrew, Patrick
In : OER10 Conference (22-24 Mar 2010, Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Mediating open education: popular discourses, situated policies and institutional practices for participatory learning (2010)
Alevizou, Panagiota
In : Media Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Annual Conference (6-8 Jan 2010, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom)

Media literacies in transition? A review of practices within higher education contexts (2010)
Alevizou, P.
In : Media Literacy Conference (19-20 Nov 2010, Institute of Education, London)

Authorship, authority and citizenship: discourses of participation in open content communities (2008)
Alevizou, Panagiota
In : 51st Annual Conference of the International Association of Media and Communications Researchers (20-25 Jul 2008, Stockholm, Sweden)

Analysing mainstream perceptions of online encyclopaedias' legitimacy (2008)
Alevizou, Panagiota
In : Media, Communication and Humanity Conference (21-23 Sep 2008, London School of Economics and Political Science)

Collective intelligence and the cult of open production: critical reflections on theory and methodology (2007)
Alevizou, Panagiota
In : Ecrea Digital Culture and Communication Section Workshop: Digital Media: European Perspectives (1-3 Nov r 2007, University of Sussex, United Kingdom)

As we think? Collective intelligence, knowledge sharing and encyclopaedias in the digital media age (2007)
Alevizou, Panagiota
In : Annual Conference of the International Association of Media and Communications Researchers (IAMCR) (23-25 Jul 2007, Paris)

Encyclopaedia or cosmopedia? Collective intelligence for knowledge technospaces (2006)
Alevizou, Panagiota
In : 2nd Wikimania Conference (4-6 Aug 2006, University of Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

Virtual schooling, Covid-gogy and digital fatigue (2020-04-03)
Alevizou, Giota
LSE Department of Media and Communications

One day without us: mining Twitter, framing solidarity (2018-02-16)
Alevizou, Giota and Vrikki, Photini
openDemocracy Limited

Beyond the babble: social broadcasting and digital citizenship (2017-11-20)
Alevizou, Giota and Scazzocchio, Lucia
openDemocracy Limited

Austerity and the mediated networks of solidarity in Greece (2016-07-13)
Alevizou, Giota
Open Democracy

Making sense of assets: Community asset mapping and related approaches for cultivating capacities (2016-02-28)
Alevizou, Giota; Alexiou, Katerina and Zamenopoulos, Theo
The Open University and AHRC

Valuing Community-Led Design (2013)
Alexiou, Katerina; Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Alevizou, Giota
AHRC Discussion Paper

A literature review of the use of Web 2.0 tools in Higher Education (2010)
Conole, Grainne and Alevizou, Panagiota
HEA Academy, York, UK.

Case Study: Using Cloudworks for an Open Literature Review (2010)
Galley, R.; Conole, G. and Alevizou, P.
Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.

Using Cloudworks to Support OER Activities (2010)
Alevizou, P.; Conole, G. and Galley, R.
Higher Education Academy, York.