Dr. Ioanna Kostarella is an Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds a Ph.D in Political Communication from Leeds University, UK. Her research interests include the interaction between media and foreign policy, European media, social media, environmental communication and journalism for development. More specifically, her recent work examines the impact of the new media on journalistic culture and the role of citizen journalism in crisis management. She has published articles in International and Greek journals and in edited volumes. She also participates in research projects.