Dimitrios Dimoulios

Title: The communication policy of the Greek ministry of Health during the management of coronovirus influenza- Covid 19

Committee :

  • George Heliades, Assοciate Professor, Ionian University (Supervisor)
  • Spyros Polykalas, Professor, Ionian University
  • George Koulierakis, Associate Professor, University of West Attica



Crises are objective events, their causes, their specific and general effects, and especially the way in which they affect individual and collective perception, are largely born, created, “constructed”, directed, increased or decreased by communication mechanisms at local, national and international level. Communication of the crisis problem plays the most dominant role in the psychological factor of all those involved in a crisis. The purpose of our present dissertation is to evaluate the communication policy of the Ministry of Health during the management of the Coronavirus of Influenza-Covid 19.

In the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, China, a series of pneumonias cases occurred on December 31, 2019. On January 9, 2020, the Chinese health authorities announced that it was a new coronavirus strain. The new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) causes disease COVID-19. Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that usually cause respiratory infections of various severity in humans and animals. It is estimated that about a third of upper respiratory infections in humans may be caused by coronaviruses.

From December 31, 2019 to February 27, 2020, a total of 82132 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported, included 2801 deaths included. Most cases were reported in China (78528). Also, 17 health professionals were confirmed with the new coronavirus infection (SARS-CoV-2). The new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is transmitted from person to person through droplets when the patient coughs or sneezes. The new coronavirus infection (SARS-CoV-2) can be manifested by fever, cough, shortness of breath, conjunctivitis and pneumonia. Preliminary epidemiological research has shown that most of the cases that were firstly reported in Wuhan City were either working or frequently visiting the seafood market where, in addition to seafood, poultry, bats, marmots and other wildlife were sold. The market was closed on January 1, 2020 to be cleaned and disinfected. Cases have also been reported in Thailand (40), Taiwan (32), Vietnam (16), Singapore (93), Malaysia (22), Japan (186) / Japan, cruise ship (705), South Korea (1595), Nepal. (1), Sri Lanka (1), Cambodia (1), India (3), Philippines (3), Macau (10), Hong Kong (91), United Arab Emirates (13), Israel (2), Lebanon ( 2), Iran (139), Iraq (5), Pakistan (2), Afghanistan (1), Oman (4), Bahrain (33), Kuwait (26), Russia (2), France (17), Germany ( 21), Finland (2), Italy (400), Spain (12), United Kingdom (13), Austria (2), Croatia (2), Sweden (2), Belgium (1), Denmark (1), Georgia (1), Greece (7), Norway (1), Romania (1), Switzerland (1), Northern Macedonia (1), USA (59), Canada (12), Brazil (1), Australia (23), Egypt (1), Algeria (1). A crisis is not a normal situation and therefore cannot be predicted. In addition, the existing management models which are based in data research and strategic thinking are not applicable to every case of crisis. However, in recent years factors such as the rapid technological development and the escalation of terrorism have resulted in recording, analyzing and studying too many crisis cases, and especially those that “unorthodox” methods of creation were used . These conditions led to the creation of a remarkable information reservoir , the study of which now makes it possible to produce reliable guidelines on rational crisis management.

The empirical part of the dissertation will include two parts. First, obtaining quantitative data with the tool of an improvised questionnaire in a sample of 200 health officials (Doctors, Nursing and Administrative Staff) from various Hospitals in the country. Second, to conduct 20 in-depth quality interviews from people working in government health care providers.

Ilektra Likiardopoulou

Title: Study on the multicultural effects of English language and terminology on young Greeks through digital media and evaluation of crossdisciplinary approaches and technologies for optimal management and utilization

Committee :

  • George Heliades, Assοciate Professor, Ionian University (Supervisor)
  • Agisilaos Konidaris, Assistant Professor, Ionian University
  • Thomai Alexiou, Associate Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Summary:

    This dissertation will attempt to record and evaluate the influence of the English language on the Greek reality through the communication that takes place via the digital world. Each language is a living organism, thus it is constantly changing, renewing, differentiating and being influenced by the prevailing social, economic and cultural conditions. In particular, the Greek language has undergone many changes throughout its life, however it remains unified. It is essential to research the influence of English on Greek everyday life. The influence of English in modern society is inevitable and ordinary. Nevertheless, we must acknowledge the evolution of the Greek language and examine whether the new additions that come mainly from the field of technology and digital media are assimilated. Within this dissertation there will be an attempt to record the percentage of the words of English origin which derive from new technologies, whether they come from professional usage of digital media, or from that part of the population that concerns young people who use social media. Mostly the influence that young people have received will be evaluated, as they are the ones who have the most contact with digital media, which has resulted in them having formed their own language code. The linguistic rules, the terminology and the vocabulary of the new technologies that are diffused in the Greek reality will be analyzed mainly through young people. In addition, we have to prove that there is an urgent need for all people in modern society, and even more so for those involved in digital technology, to become familiar with the language of digital technology.

    The necessity of English terminology is indisputable. This project will record the sectors, the media and the language codes and then attempt to propose innovative ways and context, according to which Greek will be maintained in a harmonious coexistence with English. In order to achieve the objectives, a literature review will be applied at the theoretical level. At the same time, statistical research on the analysis of linguistic and cultural data from the English language in modern Greek society is necessary, as data will be collected through questionnaires so as to be recorded, catalogued and evaluated. In addition, a plethora of modern methods of qualitative and quantitative research will be incorporated, such as focus groups, DM content analysis, embedded primarily in the digital environment. The subject requires various research methods in order to approach new users.

    Linguistic content analysis from digital sources will be done with a specialized content analysis software, since the content to be studied is in various forms of text, audio and video. Respectively, the educational software on which the educational method will be proposed is a modern specialization of existing software.

Ourania Stellatou


Title: Social Media effects on tourism experience: A destination actions analysis

Committee :

  • Agisilaos Konidaris, Assistant Professor, Ionian University(Supervisor)
  • Spyros Polykalas, Professor, Ionian University
  • Vicky Katsoni, Associate Professor, University of West Attica



The PhD proposal entitled: Social Media effects on tourism experience: A destination actions analysis, contains a theoretical approach to the subject, its contribution to scientific knowledge, the scientific goals it holds, the methodology planned, the time schedule and finally sets out the reasons that make this proposal mature for implementation.

The main theoretical concepts included in the study are Tourism Destination, Tourism Experience and the Economy of Experience, Social Media and their impact on tourism and tourism experience formation. The proposal aims to specialize the research of Social Media contribution in shaping the tourist experience provided by tourist destinations. Moreover, to provide a comprehensive picture of the new perception of the tourist experience by codifying its use to maximize destination’s benefits.

The creation of an actions and strategies evaluation methodology and the extraction of a model that will classify them and match them to the results of the interaction produced will contribute to existing research efforts.

Evangelos Lamprou

Title: Crowdsourcing on media websites and applications (crowdfunding, crowdvoting, crowdcreation, crowdwisdom) for communication and journalism content, with parallel use of social media

Committee :

  • Nikos Antonopoulos, Assistant Professor, Ionian University(Supervisor)
  • Spyros Polykalas, Professor, Ionian University
  • Andreas Veglis, Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki



In an era when journalism and information are constantly changing, one of the main questions facing news publishers, journalists, and the international scientific community is the economic survival of the media and ultimately journalism itself. Digitization and the almost universal transformation of the online information market have brought about structural changes in the way contemporary media operate and function, but also in the way consumers consume the journalistic product. The open nature of the internet, the dominance of social media and the easy access to free journalistic content, through mobile devices and smart TV applications, have created an explosive mix for the economic survival and independence of publishing organizations, and consequently journalism itself with consequences for the functioning of the public sphere, informing the public and consequently the functioning of the democratic state itself.

The need to explore new and alternative financing models, which appear and be tested as innovative and enter slowly and steadily into Greek and international reality, is therefore unquestionable. In Greece, very few studies and researches have been carried out in the thematic area financing of journalistic content in some of which the applicant of the specific doctoral dissertation participated. The universal need to find new practices for the disposal and capitalization of the value of journalistic content, as well as the public’s contribution to the production of the journalistic product, has led many media organizations internationally to adopt alternative ways of capitalizing and leveraging the added value of their content, such as paywalls and crowdsourcing in its various forms. The importance of the dissertation findings will determine the operation map of the news websites and will demonstrate possible differences or even advantages /disadvantages compared to international practices and aims to create new communication models.