MARIA AVRAAMIDOU is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cyprus and a research fellow at VUB. Since completing her PhD in Communication and Internet Studies (December 2015), she developed a research and teaching portfolio in media, culture and power with a particular focus on media approaches to migrant and refugee reception, and their interplay with nationalism and ethno-racialization in the context of global divisions and inequalities. Her academic focus is positioned by a diverse educational and professional background as she holds an MA in Multi-Media Journalism and a BA in Law with a specialization in migration and refugee law. Before taking an academic turn, she held professional posts with UNHCR and anti-racist NGOs as well as journalism posts. Recently she gained a post-doctoral award (Research Promotion Foundation) to study international media, press agencies and forced human mobility from the Global South to the North.