Dr Roman Gerodimos is a Principal Academic in Global Current Affairs and Global Engagement Lead in the School of Journalism, English and Communication at Bournemouth University. Roman holds an MSc in Government (LSE) and a PhD in Political Communication from Bournemouth University. He is the winner of the Arthur McDougall prize for his research on online youth civic engagement and NGO websites. Roman’s current research projects focus on the nexus of public space, digital media, urban coexistence and civic engagement. He is the founder and convenor of the Greek Politics Specialist Group of the UK’s Political Studies Association and has organised international conferences on new media and diplomacy (2009), media and empowerment (2011), the Greek crisis (2011) and extremism in Europe (2014). He 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 Macmillan 2015). He is the writer, director and producer of the award-winning short films At the Edge of the Present and A Certain Type of Freedom. His work has appeared in numerous academic journals, edited volumes and global media outlets (CNN, BBC, Sky News, AP, Euronews-among others).