Roman Gerodimos is an Associate Professor of Global Current Affairs at Bournemouth University, where he directs the Global Current Affairs Bureau, and a faculty member at the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change. Roman holds an M.Sc. in European Politics and Policy (LSE) and a Ph.D. in Political Communication from Bournemouth University. He is the winner of the Arthur McDougall prize for his research on online youth civic engagement.
Roman’s current research focuses on the challenges facing democracy due to globalization, digitization and extremism, the threats facing global security, and the role of urban public space, art and media in bridging divides. He is currently leading a project on shame and political violence funded by the ISRF, completing a report on the refugee crisis for Greek think-tank Dianeosis, and producing a documentary on European security and deterrence funded by NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division. He previously led or worked on projects funded by the UK Department for International Development, the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US Embassy in London.
Roman is the co-editor of The Media, Political Participation and Empowerment (Routledge 2013) and The Politics of Extreme Austerity: Greece in the Eurozone Crisis (Palgrave 2015). His work has appeared in numerous global media outlets (CNN, BBC, AP, Euronews, USA Today, Newsweek etc). In 2013/14 Roman was a Visiting Scholar at Emerson College in Boston and in 2017 a Visiting Scholar at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria. He is the writer, director and producer of three award-winning short films: At the Edge of the Present (2015), A Certain Type of Freedom (2015) and Essence (2018), which is based on an essay by Paul Badura-Skoda. Roman regularly writes for Greek web radio Amagi.
His first book in Greece, ‘Dispatches from the 21st Century’, – a collection of current affairs essays, travelogues and personal writings – is coming out in January 2020 by Papadopoulos Publishing.
He is the founder of the Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG), the leading network of Greek politics experts in the world, which has just been named ‘Specialist Group of the Year’ by the UK Political Studies Association (PSA).
Roman’s academic work includes acting as Impact Champion for BU’s REF UoA34 submission (2019-), Global Engagement Lead (2016-18) for the School of Journalism, English and Communication, and Framework Leader (2012-16) for BA (Hons) Communication & Media. He has 18 years of service in academia, political science/sociology, international studies and communication/media studies.