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Myria Christophini

Assistant Professor, Research Cluster Director: Society, Culture and Heritage, Pathway Director of Creative Technology for the MSC Entrepreneurship and innovation


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Dr Myria Christophini is a Scottish and Cypriot Experimental Animator, Visual Artist and Researcher. Her work is a practice-led investigation into social change, and creative communication avenues among people in conflict and it also has a strong participatory art character. Born to a Czechoslovakian mother and a Greek Cypriot father, Myria worked and studied in different countries with different educational systems and gained a practice-led PhD in the Creative Arts, Animation and Social Change (peace-building) from the Glasgow School of Art. Her research deals with Art and in particular Animations potential to assist Social Change and Peace-building processes. It examines the role of Art and Animation to affect positive change and improve communication among conflicting, isolated or misrepresented communities. Her research has usually a cross-disciplinary, value-driven, practice-led character and is affiliated with the paradigm of constructivism and the approach of Participatory Action Research. The values that drive this research derive from the notion of Positive Peace, as developed by Prof. Johan Galtung (e.g. 1996). They can be summarized as Justice, Equality, Prosperity, Non-violence, Cooperation and Solidarity.Myria is also active in painting, drawing and craft-making and in her practice, she often explores her relationship with her surroundings and the notion of Home during immigration. ++ View examples of her visual work on her website ----Galtung, J., 1996. Peace by peaceful means. 1st ed. Oslo: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Research interests

Art / Animation for Social Change

Design Thinking

Instructional / Educational Animation

Participatory Action Research

Fine Art Animation

Contemporary approaches to illustration

Mixed Media Animation

Participatory Art / Animation

Interdisciplinary Peace Studies

Experimental Animation

Propaganda in the Arts, Animation, Film etc

Pedagogical Action Research

National Animation Studies

Immersive Animation / Drawing

Memory and trauma in the Arts

Experimental storytelling


The Artists Self-portrait

Students as Partners


2022 | Assistant Professor at XJTLU

2019-2021 | Teaching Fellow and International Seasonal Schools Coordinator at The Edinburgh University

2019 | Visiting lecturer at The University of Edinburgh - The Edinburgh College of Art

2018-2019 | Life-drawing facilitator at All the Young Nudes

2017-2018 | Lecturer in Animation, Fine Art and Digital Media at Tameside College

2015 | Associate lecturer in Animation at the Cyprus University of Technology

2014 | Lecturer in Animation at the City of Glasgow College

2013-2014 | Research Assistant for Prof Greg Philo, Glasgow Media Group, University of Glasgow

2011-2012 | Assisting lecturer in Animation at The Glasgow School of Arts

2013-2021 | Teaching staff from 2014 to 2015 general manager at Dance4Water Glasgow


CAT214: directing for Live Action and Animation

CAT102: Exploring Design Concept Generation

CAT302TC: Final Year Project (Moving Image) as co-teacher and supervisor

CAT303TC: Business coaching (enterpreneurship in art and design) as module leader

CAT207: Minor Design Project as co-teacher teaching digital illustration

CAT109: Introduction to Post Production (Film and animation) as module leader

CAT112: Design Concept Generation (Illustration) as module leader

CAT211: The Music Video Promo as module leader

CAT105: Entertainment Technology as co-teacher

I taught practical and theory based courses in Animation (traditional, hybrid, 2D, 3D), Fine Art, Illustration and Digital Media

Awards and honours

2022 My experimental animated documentary won the best animation award at the Scottish Short Film Festival 2022 and the Golden Harvest Film Festival in Japan (2022)

2021 Selected for a solo exhibition during 2021/2022 at Gannochy project at Perth and won funding towards the realization of the exhibition Wasps Artists Studios

2021 Nominated for a CAHSS Recognition Award in the Excellent Newcomer Award category. The University of Edinburgh

2014–2015 As the president of Salsa4Water led her team to raise £12,000 for the charity WaterAid. WaterAid - Volunteer Charity Work

2010–2013 Elected head-representative of all research degrees students The Glasgow School of Art

2009–2010 Elected class representative The Glasgow School of Art

2005 Represented the Bauhaus University at the ArtThur Fair ArtThur

2004 The Bauhaus University bought a series of my drawings to display around the world, along with other notable work from its alumni. Bauhaus University Weimar

1999 1st prize in Cyprus-wide art competition

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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Education/Academic qualification

2022 | Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy via the Edinburgh Teaching Award route at the University of Edinburgh

2020 | Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy via the IntroAP route at the University of Edinburgh

2019 – 2020 | PgCert in Higher Education Teaching and Learning in the Creative Disciplines (PgCert) The Glasgow School of Art and University of Glasgow , U.K. (Merit)

2009 – 2013 | Practice-led PhD in Socially engaged Animation and Art [PhD] The Glasgow School of Art and University of Glasgow, U.K.

2010 – 2011 | Personal development as a first-line manager (level 3) Chartered Management Institute (C.M.I.)

2007 – 2008 | Master in Animation [Master] The Glasgow School of Art, U.K. and University of Glasgow, U.K. (Merit)

2006 – 2007 | MA in Fine Art [MA] University for the Creative Arts (U.C.A.), U.K.

2000 – 2005 | Dipl. Künstler, Uni [The Cyprus Council of Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications (ENIC – NARIC) 2007.: BA & MA in Fine Art] the Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany (First Class)


  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • NC Drawing Design Illustration
  • ND Painting
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform

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