Tao Papaioannou is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Communications at the University of Nicosia. Tao’s current research interests include digital media and political and civic participation, media literacy and education, social media and youth practice, digital media and learning and research methodology for studying networked communication. She is author/coauthor of many journal articles and book chapters on these subjects and co-edited a special issue of “Media Studies” on critical insights in European media literacy research and policy and “Cyprus Review” on media representation and the 2013 Cypriot financial and political crises. Her latest book is Media representations of anti-austerity protests in the EU: Grievances, identities and agency (with Suman Gupta, Routledge, 2018). Individually or in collaboration with other researchers, she has received a number of large grants from the EU/Cyprus Institute for the Promotion of Research. Finally, she has served on advisory boards and management committees of EU funded research actions and projects including, most recently, the Cypriot expert panel for FRANET (the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2014-present), the Expert Advisory Board of the Horizon Project Europe (2013-present) and “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies”, a 4 year (2010-2014+) European Concerted Research Action (COST Action IS 0906).