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Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

Nelli Stavropoulou

Miss Nelli Stavropoulou, BA, MA


Nelli holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences and a Master's degree in Culture and Difference from Durham University. She has also obtained an MA in International Multimedia Journalism from Newcastle University. Her current research is funded by The Leverhulme Trust, through Durham University’s Centre for Visual Art and Culture.

She has participated in several community engagement and research projects, working with hard-to-reach groups and encouraging self-expression, personal development, and social integration through filmmaking, while also exploring the role of media production in relation to self-empowerment and agency.

Nelli is the director of media charity Bridge + Tunnel Voices, an organisation that works with socially excluded groups and individuals, encouraging them to share their stories through various media art-forms. The charity works alongside BAFTA-nominated production company Bridge + Tunnel Productions. She is also involved in JesmondLocal, a volunteer-run, web-based news project with Newcastle University student volunteers. Nelli is also a Trustee of arts studio Chilli Studios, a user-led creative studio service for individuals experiencing mental health projects.

PhD Research:

Nelli is a PhD student in the School of Applied Social Sciences, exploring the role of participatory arts research methods as a vehicle for self-expression for individuals from a refugee/asylum seeker background. Through her research she hopes to establish a model for user-led content creation that facilitates self-expression and allows for refugee stories to be heard.

  • Photovoice, digital storytelling and arts-based research
  • Narrative construction and narrative identities
  • Visual anthropology and ethnography
  • Participatory methodologies - community-based, visual, and biographical
  • Democratic participation, agency and notion of voice

Is supervised by:

Professor Maggie O’Neill

Dr Kate Hampshire

Professor Janet Stewart