Riskos and Muridzo emma travel grant recipients 2019

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We received a record number of travel grant applications for #emmaCyprus! After a careful selection procedure, we are proud to announce that the grants are issued to:

  • Kyriakos Riskos, PhD-candidate (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Searchmore Muridzo, PhD-candidate (Media and Communication School, Bournemouth University, UK)

Kyriakos Riskos is an academic researcher and PhD candidate in marketing and media consumption at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His research interests include Marketing Communications, Media Consumption and Consumer Behavior with a special focus on consumer brand engagement for media brands. Moreover, he has a keen interest on how the emotion of nostalgia is used in various media channels for marketing purposes. His PhD thesis tries to shed some light on how motives for news sites consumption, influence users to engage with a news brand and concurrently examines the moderating role of user interactivity in this connection. In this context, he is conducting a cross-cultural study between Greece, USA and India in order to deeply investigate whether media consumers’ preferences and behaviors are culturally specific or can be considered closely alike between the three cultural contexts. His research work has been presented in international conferences and published in international academic journals. Furthermore, in 2017, Kyriakos Riskos received an EU Research Fellowship Grant for the research project ‘Green entrepreneurship as a means to support Greek economy amid financial crisis. Usability testing of green products’ packaging with a view to create an environmental online marketing business model’.

Searchmore Muridzo is undertaking his PhD in the Media and Communication School at Bournemouth University. His PhD thesis centres on Public Service Broadcasting in Zimbabwe, particularly looking at management and the use of hybrid models. The study employs institutional logics perspectives to try and explain media concepts such as framing and gatekeeping in a management scope. His main research areas are media management, media business, media regulation, media economics, telecommunications and media in Africa. He contributes articles to the Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism and ProJurno. He was invited to participate in the UK Research and Innovation ideas platform on technology use in Africa.


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