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About Panayiota Tsatsou Dr

I'm an associate professor in media and communication at the University of Leicester.
My research lies in the broader field of digital media research. I research the areas of digital divides/digital inclusion and Internet studies and my work addresses phenomena concerning digital exclusion, digital/Internet research, digital media and civic activism, children and the Internet, gender and the Internet, and digital policy and regulation.
I have published widely on digital media and the role of ordinary people and researchers as digital media actors. My work aims to contribute to innovative and evidence-based solutions to issues arising in people’s relationships with digital media. I have developed research collaborations in the UK and internationally and have presented my work in diverse venues. I am the author of Digital Divides in Europe: Culture, Politics and the Western-Southern Divide (2011, Berlin: Peter Lang), which examines the hotly debated subject of digital divides and addresses the Western–Southern divide in Europe. This book identifies the role of decision-making and socio-cultural parameters in the Western–Southern divide in Europe and concludes that this divide should be seen as a ladder of divides influenced by a complex set of socio-cultural and policy/regulatory factors. I am also the author of Internet Studies: Past, Present and Future Directions (2014, Ashgate), which aims to offer a critical account of the past, present and future study of the Internet. It examines the lessons learnt so far from the emergence of the Internet and the development of the field of Internet studies, whilst also considering possible directions for the future. It maps key areas of certainty and uncertainty in the field of Internet studies and, as such, it is of interest to scholars and students of media and communication, sociology and social research methods.
In terms of externally funded research, in 2011 I led on an AHRC funded research project on digital inclusion and minority communities in Wales, UK, and in the period 2011-2014 I worked as Co-investigator in a British Academy funded research on digital inclusion, identity and literacy in the UK, In 2014-2015, I conducted research on the role of digital technologies in social research in the UK that was funded by the EPSRC Communities and Culture Network+ (CCN+) and the College of Social Sciences at the University of Leicester. 
I' m currently conducting a pilot focus group research on digital inclusion of vulnerable communities in the UK, which will inform and pave the way for a large-scale research grant proposal on the current status and future prospects of digital inclusion of vulnerable people in the UK and the implications for those people's social inclusion and welfare.


Present Associate Professor in Media and Communication, University of Leicester ‐ School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Digital divides / digital inclusion, Internet research / digital research / e-research, Digital inclusion and policy provision, Digital media, politics and civic activism, European Information Society, Children and digital media, and Digital media and gender representations

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Honors and Awards

  • See my Curriculum Vitae on this page


  • Supervision of PhD students
  • Research Methods in Media and Communication
  • MS7060 Sociology of New Media
  • MS1001 Introduction to Media and Communication


2004 - 2009 PhD in Media and Communication, Doctor, London School of Economics and Political Science ‐ Department of Media and Communications
2003 - 2004 MSc in Media and Communications, Master, London School of Economics and Political Science ‐ Department of Media and Communications
1999 - 2000 MA in Political Science, Master, University of Birmingham ‐ School of Political Science and International Relations
1994 - 1998 BA in Political Science and Public Administration, Bachelor, University of Athens ‐ Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Contact Information

Telephone: 0116 252 2889


Postal Address:
Office room: 2.08
School of Media, Communication and Sociology
University of Leicester
Bankfield House, 132 New Wlak
Leicester LE1 7JA


Articles (17)

Books (4)

Research Works (2)

Contributions to Books (11)