Dr Tanya Lokot


Dr Tanya (Tetyana) Lokot is Associate Professor in Digital Media and Society at the School of Communications. She researches protest and digital media in Ukraine and Russia, as well as internet freedom, censorship and internet governance in Eastern Europe. Her forthcoming book, Beyond the Protest Square: Digital Media and Augmented Dissent, examines how citizens in countries with limited media freedom and corrupt authorities perceive the affordances of digital media for protest and how these enable or limit protest action.

Tanya received her PhD from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Her research has been published in Information, Communication & Society; Social Media + Society; Digital Journalism; Surveillance & Society and Irish Studies in International Affairs. She has presented her research at multiple international conferences and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post and The Moscow Times, among others. Until 2016, she wrote the Ukraine chapter for Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net report, and she currently contributes research to the Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index. She is on the Board of Directors for the Theorizing the Web conference. Among other things, she chairs the ECREA Media, Cities and Space Section and is on the Editorial Board of the Mediapolis Journal.

Before venturing into academia, Tanya worked as a journalist, non-profit consultant, and media trainer in Ukraine, Belarus, and Georgia. She speaks fluent English, Russian, and Ukrainian. From 2014 to 2016 she was contributing editor for the RuNet Echo project at Global Voices, and has resumed her work there in 2021 as Eastern Europe editor.