Chrysoula Papalexatou, is the Hellenic Bank Association Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory. Chrysa’s research focuses on European Political Economy, on issues of economic inequality, monetary integration, banking, housing and finance. In her PhD thesis she investigated the relationship between Euro adoption, wealth and income inequality outcomes. Before conducting her PhD studies at LSE's European Institute, she studied Economics (BSc) and Politics and Economics of South Eastern Europe (Master’s) at the University of Macedonia (Greece). She also worked for two years in the banking sector at the National Bank of Greece. Since 2015 she has taught courses at LSE on various topics including, International and European Political Economy, Monetary Integration, Inequality and Capitalism. In her current research project she examines the evolution of the bank-state ties in Greece during the Economic Adjustment Programmes.