Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow - The UMAQ Project
Gian Maria Greco is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow and a member of the TransMedia Catalonia Research Group at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), where he carries out the MSCA project "Understanding Media Accessibility Quality" (UMAQ). His research focuses on the theoretical foundation of accessibility studies and how it relates to human rights, the media, and the performing arts.
He holds a MA and a PhD in Philosophy, an International MA in Accessibility to Media, Arts and Culture, a Postgraduate Diploma in Disability Rights, a Certificate in Disability Management, and is formally trained in Audiovisual Translation and Project Management. He held university positions as post-doc, research fellow, and honorary research fellow. Most notably, between January 2003 and July 2007 he was Junior Research Associate at the University of Oxford (UK).
He has co-authored two books (in Italian): Making as Healing Care. On the Constructionist Foundations of Occupational Therapy (2013) and Accessibility, Health and Safety of Live Events and Venues (2015). He guest-edited (with E. Di Giovanni) a special issue of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies on "Disability and Human Rights" (11.3, 2017).
From 2009 to 2014, he was president of POIESIS, an Italian not-for-profit organisation specialized in cultural and media accessibility. He was a member of the national group that wrote the Italian Manifesto for a Culture Accessible to All (2011-2012) and of the international group that wrote the Matera Manifesto for Universal Accessibility (2014), the latter in collaboration with the Council of Europe. Since 2013, he coordinates the Italian Workshop on Culture and Accessibility. In 2013-2014, he served as accessibility coordinator and as one of the project managers on culture and social inclusion for Lecce2019, the Committee for the Candidacy of Lecce as European Capital of Culture 2019. Even though the city of Lecce did not get the title, his work was highly praised by the European Jury in the final evaluation report (available at https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/actions/capitals-culture).
Over the years, he has been working as accessibility consultant for public institutions and private companies on live events, exhibitions, cultural heritage, and tourism. He has been invited as a speaker in international conferences, workshops and seminars, such as Stockholm University of the Arts (Sweden), Ashkal Alwan (Lebanon), Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound (Belgium). In 2015, he was the keynote speaker at the 5th ARSAD Conference as well as invited as a speaker and coordinator of the panel on accessibility and performing arts management at the 23rd ENCATC Conference. In 2017, he was invited as a speaker at the Access Services Experts Group Annual Meeting of the European Broadcasting Union as well as at the TransAccess Conference, jointly organised by the European Commission and the Jagellonian University (Poland). From 2015 to 2018, he was a member of the Advisory Board of the European project "Accessible Culture and Training".
Since 2015, he is Accessibility Coordinator of the Environmental and Cultural System "Porta d'Oriente" (Italy), one of the most massive projects of accessibility of cultural tourism in Europe. The project designs and offers products and services specifically developed to make accessible the material and immaterial cultural heritage of the territory to persons with sersory and cognitive disabilities, children, migrants, families, the elderly, and foreign speakers. All products and services have been created through the active involvement of the local community, end-users, and various accessibility experts. The daily management of the services is coordinated by the Experimental Centre for Accessibility, which he contributed to establish.
He is a member of: GALMA - the Galician Observatory on Media Accessibility (University of Vigo, Spain), the Scientific Board of the Journal of Audiovisual Translation, the Program Board of the 13th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, the Communication Working Group of the Marie Curie Alumni Association, the European Society for Studies in Screen Translation, the Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing of the ACM, and EuroScience.