Giota is a digital culture scholar at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the Open University. She has served as a lecturer and Research Fellow, and is currently a consultant in the Strategic Research Area Citizenship and Governance, exploring ways in which creative acts, identity and collective action intersect in urban, civic and culture commons. Giota also consults on the digital engagement and communications strategy for the Who Are We? project.
Giota’s primary domain of research is at the intersections of knowledge and learning technologies with civic engagement. In particular, she is interested in socially and politically motivated aspects of creating and using content on the Web, and in paradigms, methods and techniques to incentivise collaboration, participation and community building. She’s had the opportunity to investigate these topics in more than five national and European projects, often as a principal investigator and a lead researcher. She has recently completed several AHRC-funded projects exploring the intersections of digital storytelling, online collaboration and creative citizenship. These led to a series of co-created exhibitions and media outputs as well as to an edited collection, the Creative Citizen Unbound, published by Policy Press, in 2016. Giota has published widely in the cultural politics of technology in education, digital culture as well as digital and participatory methods. Her monograph, The Web of Knowledge: Encyclopaedias & Encyclojournalism in the digital Age, is forthcoming by Cambridge Polity.
Prior to joining the Open University, she has held research and faculty positions in Media, and Communications Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as at the Department of Media and Film at Sussex University, where is also obtained her Doctorate.