Dimitra Kotouza

Dimitra Kotouza

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I am a Research Fellow in the Leverhulme Trust funded project ‘Biology, Data Science, and the Making of Precision Education’, working with Ben Williamson, Martyn Pickersgill and Jessica Pykett. We will explore how genetic, neural and biometric data are becoming new sources of knowledge and authority for educational practice, affecting social institutions and everyday lives. 

In 2020–21, I was lead researcher in the Wellcome Trust funded ‘Mapping and Diagnosing Mental Health in/and the UK University Sector’, with Leon Rocha, Philip Garnett and Felicity Callard. The project mapped policies, markets and socio-technical networks that promote digital, data-driven and algorithmic ‘nudge’ approaches to mental health in UK higher education. See our article in Critical Social Policy.

Prior to this, I published Surplus Citizens (Pluto, 2019), a book on how political subjectivities, knowledges, and forms of social oppression and resistance were shaped under conditions of a rapid economic restructuring in Greece (2010–2016). I also wrote about the violently discriminatory management of HIV in that context, and its relationship to concurrent epidemiological research (chapter in Biopolitical Governance: Race, Gender and Economy, Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).

My current interests are in how forms of power are enacted and structural inequalities are reproduced or contested through the nexus between scientific knowledge production, new technologies and policies of social reproduction (education, healthcare, work). 

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice , Middlesex University

Award Date: 11 Sep 2018

Politics and Government, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Kent

Award Date: 14 Feb 2016

Researching Work, Postgraduate Diploma, Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University

Award Date: 11 Sep 2011

Sociology, Master of Arts, University of Essex

Award Date: 11 Dec 2002

Social Psychology, Bachelor of Arts, University of Sussex

Award Date: 30 Jun 2001

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