Vassilis Monastiriotis is an economist and economic geographer by training. He holds a PhD in Economic Geography (2002, London School of Economics, UK) an MSc in Economics (1996, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece) and a BSc in Economics (1994, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece). Before joining the European Institute in 2004 he was Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has previously worked as Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and the University of Reading and as a Course Lecturer in the Department of Geography at LSE.
He has published in a variety of academic journals, such as the Oxford Economic Papers, Empirical Economics, Review of Development Economics, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Economic and Industrial Democracy, Journal of Regional Science, Regional Studies, Urban Studies, and others; while he has co-authored a number of policy documents including for the European Commission and the Corporation of London. In 2008 he received the Moss Madden Memorial Medal for his paper on Union Retreat and Regional Economic Performance (published in Regional Studies).
He is affiliated to the ESRC Spatial Economics Research Centre and the Department of Geography and Environment (LSE), member of the Hellenic Observatory and Director of the LSE Research Unit on South Eastern Europe. He is Co- Editor of Spatial Economic Analysis, Committee Member of the British and Irish Section of the Regional Science Association, and member in various professional bodies.
Vassilis Monastiriotis' research spans across three disciplinary areas, including Economics, Geography and Political Economy. His main research interests are on regional and national labour markets; regional and local socio-economic disparities; labour market flexibility and labour relations; macroeconomic policy; and the political economy of reform. Geographically his research focuses on Southeast Europe (including Greece), Britain and the European Union. He has expertise in panel-data econometrics, spatial econometrics, and applied Geographical Information Systems analysis. He is currently working on a number of projects on labour market flexibility and on regional economic disparities, while he has attracted funding from various sources, including the Economic and Social Research Council, the Royal Geographical Society, the Department of Trade and Industry (UK) and the Greek Ministry of Finance.
His current research includes projects on the following topics: The crisis and labour market adjustment in Greece; Wage returns and wage differentials in Greece; Informality and unemployment in the Western Balkans; Regional disparities in the European periphery; Overeducation and skills.
Broader research interests – and areas of PhD supervision – include topics such as The Political Economy of Reforms; The role of Industrial Policy for Economic Development; EU conditionality, Pre-accession and Economic Restructuring; Regional and National Labour Markets (performance, reforms, adjustments); Regional Disparities and Growth; and various topics in Applied Labour Economics.