Dr Athina Karatzogianni is the Associate Professor for Media and Communication & Director for Global Research Engagement School of Media, Communication and Sociology at University of Leicester.
Since 2000, she has focused on the intersections between new media theory, resistance networks and global politics, for the study of cyberconflict and the use of digital technologies by social movements, protest, and insurgency groups. Her research revolves around different aspects of cyberconflict theory, which she developed and applied to non-state actors and their use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs). She is passionate about researching what is a period of intense encounters of the cyber with the global political arena:
- The proliferation of sociopolitical activist networks, as well as ethnoreligious, insurgent and terrorist networks
- Social media-enabled political protests and mobilisations leading to social or political change
- Increased resistance to surveillance and censorship of global communications, including leaks from government employees and new media organisations, uncovering significant tensions in the use of ICTs both by states and corporations
Her interests include Media movements and radical politics, Civic media activism, social movements and ICTs, Online activist communities, Privacy, surveillance, and conflict in the digital public sphere, Comparative media analysis of conflict and war, Political philosophy, critical and cultural continental theory.
She has co-authored multiple books including ‘Firebrand Waves of Digital Activism 1994-2014: The Rise and Spread of Hacktivism and Cyberconflict’, ‘Power, Resistance and Conflict in the Contemporary World: Social Movements, Networks and Hierarchies’ and ‘Platform Economics: Rhetoric and Reality the “Sharing Economy”‘.