Elena Dimitriou

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College: College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Discipline: Psychology
Department: Social Psychology
Research Centre/Unit: Social, Environmental and Organisational Research Group

I started studying Psychology in Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2006. During my first degree I completed an Erasmus year in the Netherlands,  where I studied Gender, Sexuality, and Feminism. This helped further develop my interest in feminism, gender inequality and its connection to violence. 

As an MSc student at Exeter I had the wonderful opportunity to work on sexual harassment with Professor Manuela Barreto and Dr Safi Darden, which I found both interesting and very rewarding.  At the same time I started volunteering for Devon rape crisis and sexual abuse services, which -among other things- highlighted the prevalence of gender based violence in our society. These experiences along with my personal passion about the topic led to my current PhD project, which focuses on sexual harassment complaints procedures.