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About me and my work

I am Joanna. I grew up as a bilingual child, listening to stories in two Balkan languages, making comments in my own language composition. Once creative, always creative! I was born in a city which keeps inspiring me: the old city with houses resembling paintings; the picturesque alleys welcoming walkers and explorers; the mansions setting the imagination free; the cafes along the seafront adding a touch of vibrancy to the city.

My bachelor’s degree in English Literature paved the way to work for the promotion of human rights as well, in Greece and in the UK. My doctoral research on the relation between vocational education and social cohesion in times of economic crisis helped me to better understand issues of wider interest.

Well, I have found an interesting answer to the question about the meaning of social solidarity. It was when I was introduced to creative projects carried out in vocational schools in Greece: those who are in need would support those in greater need. It is about showing compassion; in your own way, showing to those facing harder times that they are not alone in times of hardship. That sounds full of hope. I choose that to be the guiding light in my life.

My favourite projects

My Study Stress, My Study Buddy: I devised and delivered a course for socially vulnerable women, wishing to handle uncomfortable feelings brought with being a student.

Creative Writing with purpose: I devised and delivered a course for postgraduate students, willing to acquire a sense of belonging to a community.

Turning creative

121 Words: Writing flash fiction stories, in Greek and in English.

enfo.gr: Writing articles about social issues for an online infotainment community in Greece.