George Pleios Ph.D. is Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Social Research in Mass Media at the National and Kapodistrian University Athens (NKUA). He studied Sociology (BA and MA) in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, at the University of Sofia “Kliment Ohridski”. At the same University, he completed in 1987 his doctoral studies in Sociology of Culture and Mass Media. His doctoral thesis “Cinema as Artistic Communication” was on Sociology of the Cinema.
He worked as an adjunct professor at the Department of Sociology, the University of Crete since 1990 – 1993. After that (1994 – 1996) he worked as an adjunct professor at the Department of Primary Education, University of Ioannina and in 1996 he was elected lecturer in the same department (1996 – 2001).
He has also taught as Erasmus Visiting Professor at the Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey (2019), as Visiting Professor at the School of Journalism, Fudan University, Shanghai, China (2018), at the Institute of Journalism "Taras Shevchenko", National University of Ukraine (2014), at the Department of Journalism, Fredrick University (Cyprus) (2012), at the Sofia University "St Kliment Ohridski" (Bulgaria) (2011), and he has given lectures as invited speaker in the KDU, Malaysia (2019), in the ELTE University of Budapest (Hungary, in 2013, 2016 and 2017, 2019), in the Institute of Social Sciences in Lisbon (Portugal, in 2013) and in the Cyprus University of Technology (2016), as well as at various universities in Greece.
He conducts regularly research of Greek printed, television and online news and has conducted more than 25 research projects as Primary Investigator. Some of his recent research projects are: The media coverage of the Greek referendum 2015 (2015 – 2016), Journalistic Ethics and the Greek Media ( 2014 – 2015), Crisis, Golden Down and the Media (2014), Crisis and political behavior – the representation of the right wing parties in the Greek media (2014), Crisis and the Facebook (2013), Media, crisis and journalistic impartiality (2012), The logic of medium in time of crisis (2011), The content in the social networking media: Facebook (2011), H1N1 flu, the media and the views of doctors and nurses (2010). He is a member of many Greek and international academic organizations and the current President of the Hellenic Sociological Society. During 2011 - 2014 period he was Vice Coordinator of the Research Network 18 (Media Sociology) of the European Sociological Association in 2011 – 2015. Since December 2017 he is Chairman of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, University of Athens. He is also a founding member of the European Centre for Press Freedom and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and former member of its Supervisory Board. Since November 2016 he is board member the Greek National Council for Radio and Television (NCRTV).