Elena is a communication designer and PhD student in design belonging to the 37th cycle. She is also the PhD student representative in design.
Part of the DensityDesign Lab, she is involved in projects tackling the visual exploration and communication of social and cultural phenomena. Her research lies at the intersection of information design, media studies - with a specific focus on information disorders circulating on social media platforms - and social studies.
Within the current participatory social media landscape fostering the infodemic, she is exploring the ways data visualizations can - with or without the intention to - mislead and deceive during social crises. The focus is on information visualizations circulating on social media platforms about Covid-19 and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The research encourages the discussion around the un-neutrality of information visualizations by defining and classifying "visualization disorders".