Professor Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou

Research Scientist & Visiting Scholar

As a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Constructive Communication (CCC) and Advisor to Cortico, Dimitra brings deep expertise in participatory methods, qualitative analysis, and design research. She currently leads the design and advancement of sensemaking methods in the context of participatory action research and oversees their deployment at CCC’s organizational partner Cortico. Together with Ceasar McDowell, they co-lead the RealTalk Research Program that focuses on age-old, facilitated small-group dialogue methods with modern machine learning, data visualization, and social network design.

Dimitra also holds a tenured Assistant Professor’s position (currently on leave) at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). Funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 – the European Union’s flagship initiative for Research & Innovation – Dimitra was a Marie Curie Global Fellow (joint visiting appointment at MIT and the University of Zurich, Switzerland) from 2019 to mid-2022, focusing on studying vaccine misinformation.

Dimitra’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Digital Journalism, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, Media, War & Conflict, South European Society and Politics, and Critical Discourse Studies. She serves as an International Liaison for the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) and International Engagement Editor for Digital Journalism.