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, which follows the DCC ECREA conference Digital Culture Meets Data: Critical Perspectives (November 2017, University of Brighton). And the Special Issue Feminist Media Praxis, Ada. She serves as member of several academic and journal boards, including the 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.
Between February – June 2019 Fotopoulou is Visiting Scholar at the University of Bergen, Department of Information Science and Media Studies.
Recent research focused on critical data literacies and citizen engagement with data. Fotopoulou was awarded the 2017 University of Brighton Research & Enterprise Excellence Award for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) for her research within 5 years of PhD graduation and 2 years of first academic post, and between 2018-19 she served as the ECR Ambassador of the University of Brighton. She is member of the network ‘New Environments – New Knowledge l UKRI eNurture Network‘, promoting improved mental health outcomes for young people in a digital world. Between 2016 and 2018 she served as Chair of the Digital Culture & Communication Section of the European Communications Research and Education Association (ECREA).
2015-Present: University of Brighton (Lecturer, Senior Lecturer 2016, Principal Lecturer 2018)
2014-15: University of Lancaster (Lecturer, Sociology)
2014: Visiting Scholar at University of California, Santa Cruz (Research Center Science and Justice)
2012-13: Research Assistant at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Project: Storycircle, an EPSRC-funded action research project that focused on the social and digital conditions for narrative exchange and knowledge production (PI Nick Couldry, Framework for Innovation and Research in MediaCityUK).(http://storycircleuk.com/)
2012-2014: Research Fellow in the EU-funded project EPINET, a technological assessment of emerging technologies (smart grids, wearable sensors and in-vitro meat) (Integrated Assessment of Societal Impacts of Emerging Science and Technology from within Epistemic Networks, FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2012- European Commission. http://www.epinet.no/) (University of Sussex, Media).
Research interests & expertise
- Feminist data studies
- Gender, sexuality, class and race in digital networks and information societies
- Health datafication
- Digital societies and inequality
- Critical theory
- Creative and innovative research methods
- Pedagogies of data for advocacy and citizen empowerment
- Embodiment and emerging technologies