Despina Chronaki’s research is mainly focused on audiences of popular culture, sexuality and childhood. She has been actively engaged with children’s experiences with media since 2007 and pursued her doctoral research on young people’s experiences with mediated sexual content under the supervision of professor David Buckingham. Children’s experiences online, children’s constructions of sexuality and their engagement with the notion of citizenship through news consumption are the key research areas upon which Despina has been pursuing her research. Since 2014 she has been working as a visiting lecturer in Greece and Cyprus (Communication and Internet Studies Faculty, University of Technology; Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; School of Social Sciences, Hellenic Open university). Upon her return to Greece she begun working on other topics regarding media audiences, popular culture texts, media representations and ethics. Since 2015 she has been teaching cultural studies methodologies at the MA course (Politics and the Internet) at the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Journalism Ethics at the School of Social Sciences, Hellenic Open university. At the same time she has been working as a methodology expert and cultural studies researcher for a number of EU funded projects mainly focusing on the social construction of diverse social groups (children, women, refugees) and minorities (non-heterosexual people, drag culture).
Since 2007 she has been collaborating with top researchers in EU funded European (EU Kids Online I, II, III,IV), National (Greek) (GR Kids Go Online 2008-2009; Greek Porn Project, 2011-2013) and International (The World Hobbit Project, 2013- present; Game of Thrones Project, 2016-present) projects. She has been invited to present her work in domestic, European and International conferences and meetings. Her interests also include cultural approaches to audiences of horror, popular culture and fantasy audiences.
Currently she is working as a researcher and methodology expert for the following projects:
- REVERT (REsilience without ViolencE, Resistance without haTe in Public transport) 2019-2021 -Co-ordinated by National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
- Gender and the public debate: ‘Capacity building for women candidates and media stakeholders in public debates in Greece 2019-2021- Co-ordinated by the Centre of European Constitutional Law
- Adolescents’ perceptions of harm from accessing online sexual content 2019-2021- Co-ordinated by the Australian Research Council
Among the modules he has taught on both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, are:
- Ethics and New Media
- Research methodologies in cultural studies
- Journalism Ethics
- Children and New Media
- Culture and the Media
For a detailed record of publications please visit: https://en-uoa-gr.academia.edu/DespinaChronaki
Since 2017 she is the vice chair of the ECREA Gender and Communication Section https://gcecrea.wixsite.com/gendercommunication
She had been sitting at the National Board of Safer Internet between 2009-2016
She is serving as a reviewer in a number of media studies journals across Europe (e.g. Sexualities, Porn Studies, Observatorio, Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies)