Dr Aristea Fotopoulou is Principal Lecture (Associate Professor) in Media and Communication Studies, at the University of Brighton. She is the author of “FEMINIST ACTIVISM AND DIGITAL NETWORKS: Between Empowerment and Vulnerability”, published in 2017 by Palgrave Macmillan. Her new book “Feminist Data Studies: big data, critique and social justice” (SAGE Publications, forthcoming, under contract) demonstrates how the discipline and practices of media & communication studies, and critical data studies can be enriched by the theoretical and methodological projects of Feminist Science and Technology Studies, Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies, Disability, and Queer Studies. Her academic research is interdisciplinary and focuses on social, cultural and political aspects of digital media and data-driven technologies, e.g. artificial intelligence, self-tracking, wearable sensors, big data, and algorithmic media.
She is the recipient of a UKRI-AHRC Innovation Leadership Fellowship and currently leads the research project ART/ DATA/ HEALTH: Data as creative material for health and wellbeing. The project creates an innovative and interdisciplinary process that offers disadvantaged groups and the wider public new tools, at the intersections of data science with art practice, to approach two key issues in healthy aging and prevention: digital skills and health literacy.
Aristea Fotopoulou is the co-editor of two special issues: Special Issue in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies with Dr Helen Thornham (out in 2020), which follows the DCC ECREA conference Digital Culture Meets Data: Critical Perspectives (November 2017, University of Brighton). And the Special Issue Queer Feminist Media Praxis, in Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology (Issue no.5, 2014). She serves as member of several academic and journal boards, including the the UK Research Councils ESRC and AHRC, as well as regular peer-reviewer for academic publishers such as MIT Press, Ashagate Publications, Routledge, SAGE Publications, and journals European Journal of Cultural Studies; New Media & Society; Information, Communication & Society; Big Data & Society, and others.