Christiana Varda is the Founder of Media What, an NGO focused on promoting media literacy education through participatory digital media. She is currently a PhD student at the Media, Cognition and Learning Research Group, at Cyprus University of Technology, where she focuses on media literacy, misinformation and online media platforms. Christiana also works as a Research Associate on Co-inform, an H2020-funded project involving top universities, a research centre, a fact-checking organisation and SMEs, that aims to contribute towards the ambitious goal of tackling disinformation by focusing on three main stakeholder groups: policymakers, journalists and citizens. In addition, she teaches creative production courses on the BSc Web Design and Web Development course at UCLan Cyprus.
Christiana graduated as a Schreyer Honors Scholar from the Pennsylvania State University, where she studied on a full CASP / Fulbright scholarship. She holds a BA in Communications (Journalism) and a BA in English; she also holds an MA in Interactive Multimedia from the Cyprus University of Technology.
Finally, she is passionate about bringing quality independent cinema to the Larnaka community; she is the Executive Secretary of the Board of the Larnaka Cinema Society, a volunteer-run, non-profit organisation.