Professor Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou

Research Scientist & Visiting Scholar

Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou is Assistant Professor of Journalism (tenured) and Marie Curie Global Fellow with a joint visiting appointment at the MIT Center for Constructive Communication and the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Her research interests sit at the intersection of facilitated dialogue, technology, and design. With a focus on community-powered storytelling, she explores new practices of facilitated dialogues on polarizing topics with a vision to establish engaging trust-centered networks among the different parts of a community. In her current study, she tunes in people’s lived experiences as a means of understanding hopes and concerns around the COVID-19 vaccination and exploring their trust in media and social institutions. Her research is funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020, European Union’s flagship initiative for Research & Innovation. At CCC, Dimitra is currently leading the design and advancement of sensemaking methodologies in the context of participatory action research.