Dr Maria Touri

Maria Touri

Lecturer

International Strategy Director

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Email: mt141@le.ac.uk
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Personal details

  • BA (Hons), Communications and the Mass Media, University of Athens
  • MA, International Communications, University of Leeds
  • PhD, Communications studies, University of Leeds

My involvement with the media began with my first degree in Communications and the Mass Media, which I obtained from the University of Athens. Along with my undergraduate studies, I also completed an internship as a sports journalist, which was followed by a Masters degree in International Communications at the University of Leeds. In Leeds, I completed my PhD, investigating media effects on decision-making processes in conflict situations, through a rational choice and game theory approach.

Since then I have taught political and international communication modules at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds; at the School of Politics and Communications Studies, University of Liverpool; and at the School of Art and Design, University of Coventry.

I joined the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Leicester in July 2006 as a Research Associate on a project funded by the Alcohol Education and Research Council that investigated the role of marketing in teenage alcohol consumption.

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Professional activities

I am a member of the Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) of the Political Studies Association (PSA) and of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER).

Teaching

I currently teach or contribute in the following modules:

  • MS7082: Global Communication and Development
  • MS3004: Global Cultures
  • MS2000: The Production of News
  • MS7006: Global Affairs: Actors, Communication and Culture

Publications

Full list of my publications

Research

My research focuses on participatory communication approaches in an international context. I am particularly interested in the mediated frames and discourses that connect actors and communities, the ways in which these frames/discourses are produced as well as how they may challenge the status quo.

My research interests can be organised in the following areas:

1. Participatory journalism practices

In this area, my most recent work concerns the impact of online tools on journalism practices and the bottom-up development of news frames, in ways that challenge dominant paradigms. I have studied the influence of news blogs on mainstream news agendas through an analysis of news blogs networks (with Barrie Gunter and Vincent Campbell; funded by the Nuffield Foundation). Currently, I am researching the progress of online journalism in Greece focusing on a) the ways in which technological advances and the current financial crisis have affected the process of news production and the way the newsroom operates; and b) the role of Greek news blogs as vehicles for political expression and deliberation during the on-going financial crisis.

My previous research includes the influence of news media on foreign policymaking in a bottom-up fashion. A part of this research was also the development of a theoretical model for the active role that journalists can play as non-state actors in international conflict, with the use of decision-making theories such as prospect theory.

Within the area of journalism, I am also interested in framing as a research method for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of news content. My work includes the development of a new research instrument for news frame analysis, with the use of corpus-linguistics software.

2. Participatory communication for national and sustainable development

I am currently working on a project on sustainable food production and global governance. I am focusing on alternative food networks and the ways in which food growers in countries like India can participate in their own community development and in the global market more actively with the aid of alternative communication methods and the support of economic and cultural intermediaries. I am particularly interested in the dominant discourses that shape the global representation of these communities and the extent to which these discourses promote an accurate image.

As a freelance research consultant, I have also worked in the area of human rights, at PANOS London, in a study regarding HIV prevention and reproductive rights in the UK press.

Funded research

  • British Academy/ Leverhulme Small Research Grants

Communication and Human Development in Alternative Food Networks: Digitally connecting global food producers and consumers, May 2017- January 2018

  • Nuffield Foundation – Social Sciences Small Grants Scheme

Blogging and the Impact of Citizen Journalism: A Pilot Study, September 2008 – December 2008; joint application with Professor Barrie Gunter (University of Leicester), Professor Rachel Gibson (University of Manchester), Dr. Vincent Campbell (University of Leicester) and Dr. Rob Ackland (Australian National University).

  • University of Leicester – College Research Development Fund
    - British press coverage and framing of the Greek financial crisis and the EU knowledge deficit – October 2010 – June 2011
    - Sustainable agriculture and development in a global context. The role of businesses in supporting producer - consumer interactions. A case study of Indian Organic Farmers Producer Company Limited (IOFPCL) - February 2013- present

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