Asimina Michailidou

Senior Researcher
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Postal address ARENA - Centre for European Studies P. O. Box 1143 Blindern 0318 Oslo

Academic Interests

  • journalism, misinformation/disinformation and politics;
  • strategic communication in EU and transnational organisations;
  • crisis communication
  • Euroscepticism
  • theoretical considerations on the concept of the public sphere (resilience, public opinion formation, digitalisation);
  • digital news media: methods for data collection and analysis (software-assisted content analysis, social media data shifting and analysis, coding schedules, inter-coder reliability, research ethics)

Research profile

I am a political sociologist with a specialism in media and communication, with over 10 years of experience in basic research projects. My work currently focuses on four topics:

  • the impact of post-truth politics on democratic public spheres (Jean Monnet Network, PTP – Post-Truth Politics, Nationalism and the (De-)Legitimation of European Integration, co-coordinator WP3);
  • the of EU correspondents in a changing European Union (EU3D – EU Differentiation, Dominance and Democracy, co-coordinator WP4, Task 2: Media assessment);
  • EU legitimacy claims in Brexit news and parliamentary debates (BENCHMARK – Benchmarking Brexit: Norway and the legitimacy of UK-EU relations after Brexit);
  • experts, expert knowledge and construction of political legitimacy in news and social media (REFLEX – Democracy and Expert Rule: The Quest for Reflexive Legitimacy)

Academic Background

I hold a Ph.D. in Political Communication from Loughborough University, UK, where the subject of my doctoral dissertation was 'The role of the Internet in the European Union’s public communication strategy and the emerging European public sphere'.

Prior to joining ARENA, I held the position of post-doctoral researcher at the International Research Network on European Political Communications (EurPolCom), Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol, UK.

Tags: European public sphere, Media, Internet, European integration, Institutions, European Union

Publications

  • 'The Media as Public Intermediaries of Knowledge in Europe: From Deliberation to Democratic Legitimation'. In: Expertisation and Democracy in Europe. Routledge, pp. 171-191, with H.J. Trenz, 2018.
  • 'Mirroring or Setting the Political Agenda? The Role of the Media in the Eurosceptic Debate'. In: The Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism. Routledge, 2017.
  • ' "The Germans are back": Euroscepticism and anti-Germanism in crisis-stricken Greece' National Identities ;19.(1): 91-108, 2017.
  • Social media and European politics: Rethinking power and legitimacy in the digital era, Palgrave Macmillan, with M. Barisione, 2017.
  • ‘The role of the public in shaping EU contestation: Euroscepticism and online news media’, International Political Science Review, 36(3): 324-336, 2015.
  • The Internet and European Integration, Berlin/Toronto: Barbara Budrich, with H.J. Trenz and P. de Wilde, 2014.
  • Contesting Europe: Exploring Euroscepticism in Online Media Coverage, Essex: ECPR Press, with H.J. Trenz and P. de Wilde, 2013.
  • Mediatized representative politics in the European Union: towards audience democracy?. Journal of European Public Policy, with H.J. Trenz; 20.(2): 260-277, 2013.
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2020). European Solidarity in Times of Crisis: Towards Differentiated Integration. In Fossum, John Erik & Batora, Jozef (Ed.), Towards a Segmented European Political Order. The European Union's Post-crises Conundrum. Routledge. ISSN 9781138495333. doi: 10.4324/9781351024341-7.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2019). "The Germans are back": Euroscepticism and anti-Germanism in crisis-striken Greece. In Sierp, Aline & Karner, Christian (Ed.), Dividing United Europe. From Crisis to Fragmentation?. Routledge. ISSN 9780367002558. doi: 10.1080/14608944.2015.1113242.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2019). Greece. In Merskin, Debra L. (Eds.), The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society . Sage Publications. ISSN 9781483375533. p. 704–707. doi: http%3A/dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483375519.n278.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2019). Greek Media. In Merskin, Debra L. (Eds.), The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society . Sage Publications. ISSN 9781483375533.
  • Michailidou, Asimina; Airoldi, Massimo & Barisione, Mauro (2019). Understanding a digital movement of opinion: the case of #RefugeesWelcome. Information, Communication & Society. ISSN 1369-118X. 22(8), p. 1145–1164. doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2017.1410204. Full text in Research Archive
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2018). The Media as Public Intermediaries of Knowledge in Europe: From Deliberation to Democratic Legitimation. In Holst, Cathrine; Warat, Marta & Góra, Magdalena (Ed.), Expertisation and Democracy in Europe. Routledge. ISSN 978-1138288232. p. 171–191. doi: 10.4324/9781315268033-10. Full text in Research Archive
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2017). ‘The Germans are back’: Euroscepticism and anti-Germanism in crisis-stricken Greece. National Identities. ISSN 1460-8944. 19(1), p. 91–108. doi: 10.1080/14608944.2015.1113242. Full text in Research Archive
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2017). Twitter, Public Engagement and the Eurocrisis: More than an Echo Chamber? In Michailidou, Asimina & Barisione, Mauro (Ed.), Social Media and European Politics Rethinking Power and Legitimacy in the Digital Era. Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 9781137598899. p. 241–266. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-59890-5_11. Full text in Research Archive
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Barisione, Mauro (2017). Do We Need to Rethink EU Politics in the Social Media Era? In Michailidou, Asimina & Barisione, Mauro (Ed.), Social Media and European Politics Rethinking Power and Legitimacy in the Digital Era. Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 9781137598899. p. 1–23. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-59890-5_1.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2017). Mirroring or Setting the Political Agenda? The Role of the Media in the Eurosceptic Debate. In Leruth, Benjamin; Startin, Nicholas & Usherwood, Simon (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism. Routledge. ISSN 9781138784741. doi: 10.4324/9781315464015-31. Full text in Research Archive
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2016). Europäische Union, Medien und Öffentlichkeit. Eine Hassliebe. In Limbourg, Peter & Grätz, Ronald (Ed.), Geschlossene Gesellschaften? Beteiligungsprozesse, Medien und Öffentlichkeiten in Europa. Steidl. ISSN 9783869309521.
  • Trenz, Hans-Jørg; Michailidou, Asimina & Duru, Deniz Neriman (2016). Crisis, resilience and EU citizenship: collective identifications of EU migrants in Norway and Denmark. In Karolewski, Ireneusz P.; Kaina, Viktoria & Kühn, Sebastian (Ed.), European Identity Revisited New approaches and recent empirical evidence. Routledge. ISSN 9781138886360. p. 117–131.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2015). The role of the public in shaping EU contestation: Euroscepticism and online news media. International Political Science Review. ISSN 0192-5121. 36(3), p. 324–336. doi: 10.1177/0192512115577230. Full text in Research Archive
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2015). Mediatized Transnational Conflicts: Online Media and the Politicisation of the European Union in Times of Crisis. In Eskjær, Mikkel Fugl; Hjarvard, Stig & Mortensen, Mette (Ed.), The Dynamics of Mediatized Conflicts. Peter Lang Publishing Group. ISSN 978-1-4331-2808-0. p. 52–69.
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2015). The European crisis and the media: Media autonomy, public perceptions and new forms of political engagement. In Trenz, Hans-Jørg; Ruzza, Carlo & Guiraudon, Virginie (Ed.), Europe's prolonged crisis: the unmaking of political union. Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 9781137436832. p. 232–250. doi: 10.1057/9781137493675_12.
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2014). The Mediatization of Politics. From the National to the Transnational. PArtecipazione e COnflitto. ISSN 1972-7623. 7(3), p. 469–489.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2014). Crisis and change in Greece: What price democracy? In Fossum, John Erik & Menendez, Agustin Jose (Ed.), The European Union in crises or the European Union as crises?. ARENA Centre for European Studies. ISSN 978-82-93137-46-7. p. 245–276.
  • Michailidou, Asimina; Trenz, Hans-Jørg & de Wilde, Pieter (2014). Converging on euroscepticism: Online polity contestation during European Parliament elections. European Journal of Political Research. ISSN 0304-4130. 53(4), p. 766–783. doi: 10.1111/1475-6765.12050.
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2013). Mediatized representative politics in the European Union: towards audience democracy? Journal of European Public Policy. ISSN 1350-1763. 20(2), p. 260–277. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2013.746126.
  • Michailidou, Asimina; Trenz, Hans-Jørg & de Wilde, Pieter (2012). (W)e the Peoples of Europe: Representations of the European Union Polity During 2009 European Parliamentary Elections on the Internet. In Evas, Tatjana; Liebert, Ulrike & Lord, Christopher (Ed.), Multilayered Representation in the European Union. Parliaments, Courts and the Public Sphere. Nomos. ISSN 978-3-8329-7218-9. p. 215–232. doi: 10.5771/9783845235745-215.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2012). 'Second-order’ elections and online journalism: Comparison of the 2009 EP elections coverage in Greece, Sweden and the UK. Journalism Practice. ISSN 1751-2786. 6(3), p. 366–383. doi: 10.1080/17512786.2012.663601.
  • Michailidou, Asimina; Trenz, Hans-Jørg & de Wilde, Pieter (2011). ‘Responding to crisis in Europe: A communication approach of the transformation of political order’ (in Greek). Zitimata Epikinonias (Communication Issues). ISSN 1790-0824. 7(12-13).
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2011). A Media Perspective on Political Representation: Online Claims Making and Audience Formation in 2009 EP Election Campaigns. In Kröger, Sandra & Friedrich, Dawid (Ed.), The Challenge of Democratic Representation in the European Union. Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 9780230292925. doi: 10.1057/9780230355828_8.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2010). Vertical Europeanisation of Online Public Dialogue: EU Public Communication Policy and Online Implementation. In Bee, Cristiano & Bozzini, Emanuela (Ed.), Mapping the European Public Sphere. Ashgate. ISSN 9780754673767. p. 65–82.
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2010). Mediati(zi)ng EU politics: Online news coverage of the 2009 European Parliamentary elections. Communications. ISSN 0341-2059. 35(3), p. 327–346. doi: 10.1515/COMM.2010.018.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2008). Democracy and New Media in the European Union: Communication or Participation Deficit? Journal of Contemporary European Research. ISSN 1815-347X. 4(4), p. 346–368.

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  • Michailidou, Asimina & Barisione, Mauro (2017). Social Media and European Politics Rethinking Power and Legitimacy in the Digital Era. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137598899. 309 p.
  • Michailidou, Asimina; Trenz, Hans-Jørg & de Wilde, Pieter (2014). The Internet and European Integration: Pro- and Anti-EU Debates in Online News Media. Verlag Barbara Budrich. ISBN 9783847401537. 240 p.
  • Michailidou, Asimina; Trenz, Hans-Jørg & de Wilde, Pieter (2013). Contesting Europe: Exploring Euroscepticism in Online Media Coverage. ECPR Press. ISBN 9781907301513. 292 p.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2008). The European Union online. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG. ISBN 9783836462280. 220 p.

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  • Michailidou, Asimina (2019). ’Your so-called “experts” are funded by Brussels’: social media discourse and public understandings of expertise and democracy.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2019). Valgdeltakelse i Europa. [Radio]. NRK P2.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2018). Social media and crises communication: a mechanism for populism.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2018). Populism, social media and the EU.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2018). Sowing the seeds of populism in Europe: Emotions, polarization and prevalence of elites in social media discourse.
  • Michailidou, Asimina; Barisione, Mauro & Airoldi, Massimo (2017). “Operationalizing the concept of digital movement of opinion in the case of #RefugeesWelcome: An enhanced Social Network Analysis methodology”.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2016). European solidarity in times of crisis: Towards differentiated integration.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2016). EU politics in the social media era: post-legitimacy?
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2016). EU crises & the public sphere: a digital media perspective on differentiation and legitimacy.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2016). EU crises and the public sphere: a digital media perspective on differentiation and legitimacy.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2016). European politics in the digital era: towards post-representative legitimacy?
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2016). Social media and European politics.
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Peine, Bibiana (2015). Europa holder pusten foran Hellas-valget. [Newspaper]. Dagbladet-NTB.
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Piene, Bibiana (2015). Europa holder pusten foran Hellas-valget. [Newspaper]. Dagens Næringsliv.
  • Piene, Bibiana & Michailidou, Asimina (2015). Europa holder pusten foran Hellas-valget. [Internet]. Dagens Perspectiv/NTB.
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Stalheim Møller, Iselin (2015). Klart for politisk skifte i Hellas. [Newspaper]. Dagsavisen.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2015). 'What is there to rethink about EU politics in the social media era?'.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2015). European Union politics, legitimacy and mediatization.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2015). Politics, crises and online media in the European Unions: Rethinking power and legitimacy in the era of mediatization.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2015). 'The social consequences of the Eurocrisis'. Keynote talk and subsequent debate with Ingeborg Elliassen.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2015). 'Greece and the Euro crisis: is Europe losing its democratic soul?'. Keynote speech.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2015). The medium makes the public? Convergent EU audiences in divergent online spheres.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2015). The European crisis and the citizens: the role of social media.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2015). 'Leaderless populism? Social media in the European Union: Rethinking power and legitimacy in the era of mediatization'. Paper presentation (with Hanz-Joerg Trenz).
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2015). '#Greececrisis: the mechanics'. Keynote speech.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2014). Crisis and change in Greece: what price democracy?
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2014). The EU online public space: United in diversity?
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Tronier Halvorsen, Marit (2014). Betydelig risiko for at vi vil starte 2015 med et nytt gresk drama. [Newspaper]. Dagens Næringsliv.
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Stalheim Møller, Iselin (2014). EU-lederskap på sparebluss. [Newspaper]. Dagsavisen.
  • Michailidou, Asimina; Olsen, Espen Daniel Hagen; Wernersen, Camilla & Honningsøy, Kirsti Haga (2014). Kan koste Norge dyrt å ikke ta vare på arbeidsinnvandrerne. [Internet]. NRK.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2014). The medium makes the public? Convergent EU contestation in divergent online spheres.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2014). Big Data and Democracy.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2014). Eurosceptic Times.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2013). Online media and crisis: what public sphere Europe?
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2013). Media autonomy, public perceptions and new forms of political engagement.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2012). Online media, crisis communication and political innovation: The case of the Indignant Greeks.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2012). Online Euroscepticism: Mobilising EU resistance through the Internet.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2011). The European Public Sphere. Media and Transnational Communication in European Integration 1969-1991- by J.H. Meyer. Journal of Common Market Studies. ISSN 0021-9886. 49(5), p. 1145–1146. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2011.02180_6.x.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2011). Har aldri før samarbeidet. [Newspaper]. Dagsavisen.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2011). Gresk tragedie med tre mulige utfall. [Newspaper]. http://www.dn.no.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2011). Dette gjør Hellas til dårlig butikk. [Internet]. e24.no.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2011). Forhandler om samlingsregjering nå. [Internet]. http://e24.no.
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2010). Mediati(zi)ng EU politics: An empirical evaluation of the online European public sphere.
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2010). A media perspective on political representation: online claims making and audience formation in 2009 EP Election campaigns.
  • Michailidou, Asimina; Trenz, Hans-Jørg & de Wilde, Pieter (2010). (W)e the peopls of Europe: Assessing the contours of the EU online public sphere.
  • Michailidou, Asimina & de Wilde, Pieter (2010). Globalised media and trans-nationalised politics: A mixed-methods approach of online public opinion formation in the European Union.
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2010). Mediati(zi)ng EU politics: An empirical evaluation of the online European public sphere.
  • Michailidou, Asimina & de Wilde, Pieter (2010). Responding to crisis in Europe: A communication approach of the transformation of political order.
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2009). Contesting the legitimacy of the EU A study of online campaigning in the context of the European Parliamentary elections 2009.
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2009). Contesting the legitimacy of the EU A study of online campaigning in the context of the European Parliamentary elections 2009.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2009). Book review> Internet-Mediated Participation Beyond the Nation State, Bart Cammaerts (2008) Manchester: Manchester University Press, 266 pp., International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics. ISSN 1740-8296. 5(3), p. 247–262. doi: 10.1386/macp.5.3.247_5.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2009). Denouncing Europe? Citizens debate online.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2008). EU institutions, the media and civil society: Lost in communication?
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2008). Constitutionalisation of the European public sphere: EU institutional culture, the Internet and civil society.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2008). The role of the Internet in the EU’s public communication strategy- Institutional culture and online reality.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2008). Book review of: Media technologies and democracy in an enlarged Europe- The intellectual work of the 2007 European Media and Communication doctoral summer school Nico Carpentier, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Kaarle Nordenstreng, Maren Hartmann, Peeter Vihalemm, Bart Cammaerts, Hannu Nieminen (editors). Tartu University Press, 2007, 424 pp. Journal of Contemporary European Research. ISSN 1815-347X. 4(4), p. 373–375.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2007). The Impact of EU “Constitutionalisation” on public claims-making over Europe- EU communication strategy: Engaging with civil society?
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2007). Europeanisation of the electronic public sphere: Theory, institutional culture and online reality.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2007). Constitutionalisation of the European public sphere: EU institutional culture, the media and civil society.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2006). Vertical Europeanisation of the online public dialogue: EU public communication policy and online implementation.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2006). Public communication in the cyberspace era: The case of the EU public sphere.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2005). The role of the Internet in the public diplomacy strategy of the European Union and its impact on the emerging European public sphere.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2004). The role of the Internet in the EU’s public communication strategy and its impact on the emerging European public sphere: Theoretical concept.
  • Michailidou, Asimina (2004). Online communication & collaboration of EU institutions with educational networks (European libraries).
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2020). EU Differentiation, Dominance and the Control Function of Journalism. ARENA Centre for European Studies. 2020(1).
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2018). European Solidarity in Times of Crisis Towards Differentiated Integration. ARENA Senter for europaforskning. 2018(5).
  • Michailidou, Asimina & Trenz, Hans-Jørg (2014). Eurocrisis and the Media: Preserving or Undermining Democracy? ARENA Centre for European Studies. 2014(10).

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