PhD Candidate / Lecturer
Lela Mosemghvdlishvili (1982) joined the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University as a lecturer and a PhD candidate in 2010.
In her PhD thesis "Politics of Mobile Code and Networks”, Lela is exploring the development of mobile devices (smartphones) in the light of the Critical theory of Technology, paying attention to issues such as ‘values in design’, and free access to information. Her research critically assesses surveillance practices embedded in the business model of Android, a dominant operating system for mobile devices maintained by Google Inc., and explores political economy of free/libre software apps for mobile devices.
Apart from her research Lela is dedicating time to teaching various courses to the students of the International Bachelor Program Communication and Media (IBCoM), among them a research workshop “Questioning Technology” from iPhone to Google Glasses.
In 2004 Lela graduated (cum laude) from Tbilisi State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. She has held several positions in media production companies, such as being the producer of youth educational TV program Zoom, and later a presenter of a morning show Good Morning, Georgia on a national Georgian TV channel.
After moving to the Netherlands Lela expanded her interests from journalism to media and communication studies and graduated (cum laude) from University of Amsterdam with a MSc degree in Communication Studies. In 2008-2010 Lela was working as an analyst in TCM (Technology, Communication and Media) practice at a multinational executive search firm Spencer Stuart in Amsterdam.
Apart from her mother language Georgian, Lela is fluent in Russian, English and Dutch. Her extracurricular interests include contemporary art, hacktivism and sculpting.