Dr Sophia Drakopoulou


NameDr Sophia Drakopoulou
Job titleDirector of Programmes - Moving Image
Research institute
Primary appointmentSchool of Film
Email addressS.Drakopoulou@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5733-4381
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Dr. Sophia Drakopoulou is a Senior Lecturer in Culture and Media Communications and a Director of Programmes in the Film School at the faculty of Arts and Creative Industries. Her research explores networked technologies, the city and everyday life. Sophia is a co-founder of Cybersalon www.cybersalon.org

Sophia's research explores the effects of networked technologies in every day life and looks at the experience of space and time in location-based media, and social media. She consults on social entrepreneurship and social media strategy. 

Sophia publishes in peer review journal on subjects such as: people power and SMS, locative media movement, location-based technologies in everyday life, critique of augmented reality applications and commercialisation of urban space, open data possibilities and limitations. 

Teaching

With a versatile teaching portfolio, Sophia has taught in programmes such as BA Publishing, BA Media and Cultural Studies, BA Advertising and Media, BA Magazine Design, BA Digital Media, MA Media Management, MSc Creative Technologies. 

Sophia was the programme leader for BA Media and Cultural Studies and BA Publishing and Media. 

Sophia is a PhD and ArtsD supervisor. 

Practice based teaching includes: and magazine and web design, Social media promotion and content creation, augmented reality tours and interactive maps.  

Sophia has expert knowledge of the ADOBE suite, good understanding of HTML 5 and java script.

Theoretical contexts that underpin her teaching include: introduction to media studies, semiotics, cultural studies, privacy, creative licensing, 

Teaching strategies include: Peer learning and assessment, interactive tools in the class room such as slido and commissioned student work.

Education and qualifications

PhD 'How Long Is Now? A Study Into The Spatiotemporal Qualities Of Mobile Media In Location-Specific Interaction 2001 To 2008'
07 Jul 2012
Goldsmiths
MA in Hypermedia Studies
01 Jun 2002
University of Westminster
Postgraduate Certificate Teaching in Higher Education
01 Jun 2007
Middlesex University
BA Hons Contemporary Media Practice
01 Jun 2001
University of Westminster
Diploma in Foundation Studies / Art and Design
01 Jun 1997
Chelsea College of Art and Design
Diploma in Foundation Studies / Media
01 Jun 1998
London College of Printing

Grants

Prizes and Awards

Impact

  • Behind the screens: stories from the Covid vaccination programme in North Central London

Research outputs

Launch event A2 poster - Behind the screens: stories from the Covid-19 vaccination programme in North Central London

Drakopoulou, S. and Allan, H. 2023. Launch event A2 poster - Behind the screens: stories from the Covid-19 vaccination programme in North Central London. London, UK NHS.

Behind the screens: stories from the Covid vaccination programme in North Central London

Drakopoulou, S. and Allan, H. 2023. Behind the screens: stories from the Covid vaccination programme in North Central London. NHS.

The cultures of the now and technologies of immediacy

Drakopoulou, S. 2019. The cultures of the now and technologies of immediacy. Mediating Presents: Producing ‘the Now’ in Contemporary Digital Culture. Goldsmiths, University of London, UK 16 - 17 May 2019

Open data today and tomorrow: the present challenges and possibilities of open data

Drakopoulou, S. 2018. Open data today and tomorrow: the present challenges and possibilities of open data. International Journal of Electronic Governance. 10 (2), pp. 151-171. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJEG.2018.093836

Researching YouTube

Arthurs, J., Drakopoulou, S. and Gandini, A. 2018. Researching YouTube. Convergence. 24 (1), pp. 3-15. https://doi.org/10.1177/1354856517737222

"We can remember it for you": location, memory, and commodification in social networking sites

Drakopoulou, S. 2017. "We can remember it for you": location, memory, and commodification in social networking sites. SAGE Open. 7 (3), pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244017712026

The Digital Liberties cross-party campaign

Drakopoulou, S. 2017. The Digital Liberties cross-party campaign. in: Shaw, J. and Graham, M. (ed.) Our Digital Rights to the City UK Meatspace Press. pp. 28-29

The campaign for digital citizenship

Drakopoulou, S., Grossman, W. and Moore, P. 2016. The campaign for digital citizenship. Soundings. 2016 (62), pp. 107-120.

Data and the city – accessibility and openness. a cybersalon paper on open data

Drakopoulou, S., Pascoe, E., Greenaway, B., Moulding, J., Grossman, W. and Black, I. 2015. Data and the city – accessibility and openness. a cybersalon paper on open data. Theona, I. and Charitos, D. (ed.) 3rd International Biennial Conference Hybrid City 2015 Data to the People. Athens, Greece 17 - 19 Sep 2015 Athens, Greece University Research Institute of Applied Communication (URIAC), University of Athens. pp. 111-116

The ‘lived now’. Observing the changes in the spatiotemporal experience of everyday life through the use of ICTs.

Drakopoulou, S. 2013. The ‘lived now’. Observing the changes in the spatiotemporal experience of everyday life through the use of ICTs. Theorising the Web. The Graduate Center (CUNY) NYC

Urban Praxis Athens 2012. An analysis and exploration of locative-media projects made in Athens, based on Lefebvre’s lived experience analysis and rhythmology method.

Drakopoulou, S. 2014. Urban Praxis Athens 2012. An analysis and exploration of locative-media projects made in Athens, based on Lefebvre’s lived experience analysis and rhythmology method. in: Geiger, J., Shepard, M. and Khan, O. (ed.) MediaCities: Proceedings University of Buffalo The State University of New York. pp. 132-139

Pixels, bits and urban space. Observing the intersection of the space of information with actual physical space in augmented reality smartphone applications and peripheral vision displays

Drakopoulou, S. 2013. Pixels, bits and urban space. Observing the intersection of the space of information with actual physical space in augmented reality smartphone applications and peripheral vision displays. First Monday. 18 (11). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v18i11.4965

Observing rhythms of everyday life in content made by smart devices and uploaded on electronic maps and social media. A methodological enquiry.

Drakopoulou, S. 2013. Observing rhythms of everyday life in content made by smart devices and uploaded on electronic maps and social media. A methodological enquiry. Spectacular /Ordinary /Contested Media City. University of Helsinki

Athens as a hybrid city. An analysis and exploration of the rhythms of everyday life and the lived experience as documented in locative-mediated projects produced in Athens.

Drakopoulou, S. 2013. Athens as a hybrid city. An analysis and exploration of the rhythms of everyday life and the lived experience as documented in locative-mediated projects produced in Athens. in: Subtle Revolutions. Proceedings of the 2nd International Hybrid City Conference. Athens University Research Institute Of Applied Communication. pp. 85-91

Spatiotemporal experience through the use of ICTs and smart devices: a comparative analysis of the theories of Bergson and Lefebvre

Drakopoulou, S. 2012. Spatiotemporal experience through the use of ICTs and smart devices: a comparative analysis of the theories of Bergson and Lefebvre. Space: From Theory to Practice. Birkbeck School of Arts

User generated content: an exploration and analysis of the temporal qualities and elements of authenticity and immediacy in UGC

Drakopoulou, S. 2011. User generated content: an exploration and analysis of the temporal qualities and elements of authenticity and immediacy in UGC. in: Conference proceedings. First International Conference on Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences. 22 Nov 2011 - 24 Nov 201. Hotel Pullman Dubai Mall of the Emirates, United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates Middlesex University.

A moment of experimentation: spatial practice and representation of space as narrative elements in location-based games

Drakopoulou, S. 2010. A moment of experimentation: spatial practice and representation of space as narrative elements in location-based games. Aether: The Journal of Media Geography. 5A, pp. 63-76.

Cybersalon manifesto.

Drakopoulou, S. and Barbrook, R. 2000. Cybersalon manifesto. Cybersalon.

Collective participation and broadcast: how data bound to locality re-appropriate physical space.

Drakopoulou, S. 2007. Collective participation and broadcast: how data bound to locality re-appropriate physical space. Locative media summer conference. Museum of Contemporary Art, Siegen, Germany 03 - 05 Sep 2007

Toothing and bluetoothing: network-fantasy-reality.

Drakopoulou, S. 2007. Toothing and bluetoothing: network-fantasy-reality. New Network Theory Conference Institute of Network Cultures. University of Amsterdam 28 - 30 Jun 2007

Where are you now? Time-duration and instantaneous mobile messaging.

Drakopoulou, S. 2007. Where are you now? Time-duration and instantaneous mobile messaging. Ubiquitous Media: Asian Transformations Theory, Culture & Society 25th Anniversary Conference. The University of Tokyo 13 - 16 Jul 2007

A wireless future

Drakopoulou, S. 2006. A wireless future. Node. London [Networked, Open, Distributed, Events. London] publication.

Return to the playground: location based gaming.

Drakopoulou, S. 2006. Return to the playground: location based gaming. in: Santorineos, M. and Dimitriadi, N. (ed.) Gaming realities: a challenge for digital culture. Athens FOURNOS Centre for Digital Culture. pp. 123-130

Kino phone: location, broadcast and autonomy.

Drakopoulou, S. and RMIT University 2006. Kino phone: location, broadcast and autonomy. Communication, Politics & Culture. 38 (3), pp. 97-111.
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