I live, study and work in London. I enjoy writing stories and poetry, reading about history and politics and walking around the city and taking photographs.
Since the time of my childhood, when I was organising shadow theatre performances in my birth town Karpenisi, I have embraced a distinctive interest in the arts and culture not as a result of an aesthetic practice but in the broadest sense of culture as a performance and way of social life.
The politics of society and culture have gained a central role in my professional journey as a journalist, adviser and consultant for local authorities, ministries and Christian institutions as well as as a researcher and social scientist lately. I have remained committed to contributing to organisational changes, addressing inequalities and serving socially less advantaged groups and communities in a range of sectors (educational authorities, schools, central and local governance, faith and charitable organisations). Throughout the years, I have honoured my oath I gave the year I was graduated from my first university as a social worker (1999); to treat people with respect and ‘selflessly and vigorously serve peace, democracy and social justice’. I believe that I have done or at least tried to do the same in all my professional roles and academic studies in the intersection of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.
Three years ago, I completed a qualitative research with museum professionals and young people in a local museum in England to problematise the assumptions and understandings of socially disadvantaged people in the cultural and museum policy context in Britain. In parallel to my work, I am currently writing my thesis (a monograph on youth work of museums) as a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths University of London.