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The Collective

The Collective

Disinfaux is a not-for-profit research collective based in Greece. We conduct in-depth investigations on human and environmental rights issues, borders and surveillance, detention/exclusion regimes, migration/displacement, and alt-right/far-right movements. We operate as an autonomous network of on-the-ground researchers, academics, and journalists, interested in open-source investigations, field research, and investigative journalism.

Our goal is to contribute to the work of human rights defenders, including public advocacy stakeholders, organizations and legal bodies, on the national and international level, and to produce investigations that provide supporting material for court cases related to human rights violations. We adopt an interdisciplinary approach to our investigations by employing sophisticated methodologies for data archiving, indexing and analysis of open data and audiovisual material, and 3D modeling as a tool for the analysis, recording and representation of space.

We are members of national and international human rights monitoring networks and collaborate with research groups, academic scholars, media outlets, freelance journalists, and legal/civil society actors, thus providing an interdisciplinary perspective to our investigations.

The People

The People

Phevos Simeonidis is a researcher and human rights activist from Athens, Greece. He is an MA graduate from the Centre for Research Architecture and the acting director of Disinfaux with his work focusing on the far/alt-right online, militarized border regimes, and human rights violations in the external borders of the EU.

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Anna-Maria Alexi is a researcher and human rights activist, with an interest in far/alt-right narratives, homonationalism, politics of gentrification, the right to housing, and human rights violations at the external EU borders. She is the research coordinator for Athens at Disinfaux.

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Eva Papadopoulou is a journalist and researcher focusing on migration, pop sub/culture representations in the urban space as well as the far-right and the convergence of media discourses. She holds a BΑ in Media, Communication and Culture from Panteion University. She works as a journalist and researcher at Disinfaux and as a journalist at Efimerida ton Syntakton.

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Eleni Kasimou is a historian and a researcher. Her work revolves around digital research techniques, audiovisual archives and oral history, focusing on gender, conflict narratives and mass violence. She holds a BA in History and Archaeology from NKUA. She works as an assistant researcher at Disinfaux and in the national oral history project Istorima.

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Violeta Maria Dimitrakopoulou is a photojournalist and activist based in Lesvos, Greece. She holds a BA in Geography from the University of the Aegean, where she conducted research on feminist geographies and the right to the city. She works as a photojournalist and field researcher for Disinfaux Collective.

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Lauren Haley is a researcher, activist, and social educator, who has worked in the UK, Greece and Spain. A graduate of Anthropology at the Goldsmiths University of London, her research focuses on the treatment of people on the move and how these individuals navigate border regimes. Currently, she is coordinating an education project on Chios island, and she is working as a field researcher for Disinfaux Collective.

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Elli Xypolitaki is a researcher whose work analyses concepts of culture and society. Her research focuses on the socio-political relevance of music and the use of interactive multimedia in the humanities, especially in the fields of digital ethnography and anthropology. She is the research manager of Disinfaux Collective.

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Vasilis Vittas is a journalist and documentary-maker. He holds a BΑ in Communication and Media from the NKUA. In 2020, he premiered the documentary «The spongers of Stagiates» which portrays the self-directed actions of the villagers of Stagiates against water privatization. He is Disinfaux’s editor-in-chief and works as a journalist at ThePressProject.

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Vily Mylona is an urban planner and a PhD Candidate at the School of Architecture (NTUA), with her work focusing on migration, urban policy, critical geography and ethnography. She holds an MSc in Urban Planning and Policy Design from the Polytechnic School in Milan. She works as a researcher at Open Lab Athens and as a 3D Designer at Disinfaux.

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Eva Stamatiou is an architect and graphic designer specializing in the theory and practice of urban space, mapping and critical geographies. She completed her studies at AUTH’s Department of Architecture. She works as a 3D Designer at Disinfaux.

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Andreas Makas is an architect and motion designer. He holds a degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture at DUTH and an MSc in Advanced Sustainable Design from ESALA. His research includes the social interpretations of public space as well as the impact of surveillance on the sustainability and resilience between areas of the city. His work for Disinfaux Collective includes 3D modelling, motion design, and video editing.

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Phevos Simeonidis is a researcher and human rights activist from Athens, Greece. He is an MA graduate from the Centre for Research Architecture and the acting director of Disinfaux with his work focusing on the far/alt-right online, militarized border regimes, and human rights violations in the external borders of the EU.

[email]

Anna-Maria Alexi is a researcher and human rights activist, with an interest in far/alt-right narratives, homonationalism, politics of gentrification, the right to housing, and human rights violations at the external EU borders. She is the research coordinator for Athens at Disinfaux.

[email]

Eva Papadopoulou is a journalist and researcher focusing on migration, pop sub/culture representations in the urban space as well as the far-right and the convergence of media discourses. She holds a BΑ in Media, Communication and Culture from Panteion University. She works as a journalist and researcher at Disinfaux and as a journalist at Efimerida ton Syntakton.

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Eleni Kasimou is a historian and a researcher. Her work revolves around digital research techniques, audiovisual archives and oral history, focusing on gender, conflict narratives and mass violence. She holds a BA in History and Archaeology from NKUA. She works as an assistant researcher at Disinfaux and in the national oral history project Istorima.

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Violeta Maria Dimitrakopoulou is a photojournalist and activist based in Lesvos, Greece. She holds a BA in Geography from the University of the Aegean, where she conducted research on feminist geographies and the right to the city. She works as a photojournalist and field researcher for Disinfaux Collective.

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Lauren Haley is a researcher, activist, and social educator, who has worked in the UK, Greece and Spain. A graduate of Anthropology at the Goldsmiths University of London, her research focuses on the treatment of people on the move and how these individuals navigate border regimes. Currently, she is coordinating an education project on Chios island, and she is working as a field researcher for Disinfaux Collective.

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Elli Xypolitaki is a researcher whose work analyses concepts of culture and society. Her research focuses on the socio-political relevance of music and the use of interactive multimedia in the humanities, especially in the fields of digital ethnography and anthropology. She is the research manager of Disinfaux Collective.

[email]

Vasilis Vittas is a journalist and documentary-maker. He holds a BΑ in Communication and Media from the NKUA. In 2020, he premiered the documentary «The spongers of Stagiates» which portrays the self-directed actions of the villagers of Stagiates against water privatization. He is Disinfaux’s editor-in-chief and works as a journalist at ThePressProject.

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Vily Mylona is an urban planner and a PhD Candidate at the School of Architecture (NTUA), with her work focusing on migration, urban policy, critical geography and ethnography. She holds an MSc in Urban Planning and Policy Design from the Polytechnic School in Milan. She works as a researcher at Open Lab Athens and as a 3D Designer at Disinfaux.

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Eva Stamatiou is an architect and graphic designer specializing in the theory and practice of urban space, mapping and critical geographies. She completed her studies at AUTH’s Department of Architecture. She works as a 3D Designer at Disinfaux.

[email]



Andreas Makas is an architect and motion designer. He holds a degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture at DUTH and an MSc in Advanced Sustainable Design from ESALA. His research includes the social interpretations of public space as well as the impact of surveillance on the sustainability and resilience between areas of the city. His work for Disinfaux Collective includes 3D modelling, motion design, and video editing.

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