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Welcome to the Hellenic Observatory (HO), part of the European Institute at the LSE. Established in 1996, it is internationally recognised as one of the premier research centres on contemporary Greece and Cyprus. In 2016 the HO is celebrating its 20 Year Anniversary with a range of special events, details of which can be found on our dedicated Anniversary page.

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In October and November 2016 the Hellenic Observatory held three very successful events in London and Athens in commemoration of its 20-year anniversary. You can find information, photographs and videos for each of these special events in their dedicated event page.

Meghnad Desai

CANCELLATION: We regret to inform you that due to a national General Strike scheduled in Greece for the 8th of December, the Megaron has been forced to postpone all events on that day, including the lecture by Lord Desai.

The Lecture will be rescheduled for a later date in 2017.

Thursday, 8 December 2016 


Hubris: How Economists Failed to Predict the Crisis and How to Avoid the Next One?

Speaker: Meghnad DESAI, Emeritus Professor of Economics, LSE; Member of the House of Lords Select Committee

Chair: Spyros ECONOMIDES, Director of the Hellenic Observatory, LSE; Associate Professor of European Politics and International Relations, LSE

Discussant: Eleni LOURI-DENDRINOU, Professor of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business

Venue: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall (Αίθουσα Δημήτρης Μητρόπουλος), Megaron, Athens, Greece.

We are grateful to the Hellenic Alumni Association of the LSE for their continued support.



Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Contrasting Greek and UK Youths’ Subjective Responses to Austerity:  Lessons for other European countries

Speakers: Dr Athanasia CHALARI, Principal Lecturer in Sociology; Subject Leader in Sociology and Criminology at the University of Northampton
Clive SEALEY, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Theory, University of Worcester

Venue: Cañada Blanch Room COW 1.11 Cowdray House
Time: 18.00-19.30



For more information on the Hellenic Observatory Past Events
please visit the Events section.

Maps of the LSE Campus can be found here


HO Newsletter 2016

This is the HO's annual newsletter which reports on our recent activities and publicises forthcoming events.


The Sociology of the Individual-Relating Self and Society
Athanasia Chalari, former A.C. Laskaridis Post-Doctoral Fellow; University of Northampton, London School of Economics & Political Science
SAGE Publishing 2016

Angelos Chryssogelos-Chatham-House

Research Paper
The EU’s Crisis of Governance and European Foreign Policy
Angelos Chryssogelos, former National Bank of Greece Postdoctoral Fellow; Teaching Fellow in International Relations & Politics, King's College London
Chatham House, November 2016

NEW GreeSE cover

GreeSE Paper No.104
The Determinants of Loan Loss Provisions: An Analysis of the Greek Banking System in Light of the Sovereign Debt Crisis
Monokroussos, Platon; Thomakos, Dimitrios D.; Alexopoulos, Thomas A.
November 2016

NEW GreeSE cover

GreeSE Paper No.103
Changing the policy agenda? The impact of the Golden Dawn on Greek party politics
Halikiopoulou, Daphne; Nanou, Kyriaki; Vasilopoulou, Sofia
October 2016


The Achievements of Cohesion Policy: long-period evidence on the factors conditioning success and failure from 15 selected regions
Crescenzi R., Fratesi U. and Monastiriotis V.
Ch.6 in Dotti, N.F. (ed), Learning from Implementation and Evaluation of the EU Cohesion Policy: lessons from a research-policy dialogue, RSA Research Network on Cohesion Policy, Brussels 2016

 World Economy Journal

External asymmetries in the euro area and the role of foreign direct investment
Christodoulakis, Nicos;Sarantides, Vassilis
The World Economy, June 2016


LSE Hellenic Observatory Policy Paper
Towards a new social contract: Greek pensions halfway through adjustment
Tinios, Platon
April 2016

Post-Ottoman Coexistence_book cover

Post-Ottoman Coexistence: Sharing Space in the Shadow of Conflict
Bryant, Rebecca
Berghahn Books, March 2016 
This title is available on Open Access.


Ethnographies of Austerity: Temporality, Crisis and Affect in Southern Europe
Knight, Daniel M.
History and Anthropology, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp. 1-18, January 2016

On critical times_Book Cover

On Critical Times: Return, Repetition, and the Uncanny Present
Bryant, Rebecca
History and Anthropology, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp. 19-31, January 2016

 European Journal of Homelessness

Revisiting the Concept of Shelterisation: Insights from Athens, Greece
Arapoglou, Vassilis  & Gounis, Kostas
European Journal of Homelessness, Volume 9.2, pages 137-57, 
December 2015

Eurobank Global Markets Research

Greece Macroeconomic Outlook 2016 - Eurobank Global Markets Research
Monokroussos, Platon; Anastasatos, Tassos; Paraskevi Petropoulou; Stamatiou, Theodoros
Greece Macro Monitor, December 2015


La Crisis Griega 2010-18: Una Vision Desde Dentro
Lyberaki, Antigone and Tinios, Platon
Revista de Economica Crítica, no 20, pp159-171, October 2015

 A financial crisis manual

A Financial Crisis Manual: Reflections on the Road Ahead
Thomakos, DimitriosMonokroussos, Platon; Nikolopoulos, Konstantinos (Co-editors)
Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Financial Institutions, October 2015


For more details on the Hellenic Observatory publications click here

For a detailed timeline of the crisis, including media coverage, progress reports, opinion polls and other resources, please click here.

Blogs, analysis and monitoring

Hellenic Observatory (Greece@LSE): http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/greeceatlse/category/the_greek-debt-crisis/

Crisis Observatory, ELIAMEP: http://crisisobs.gr/en/the-observatory/

Policy Analysis Research Unit (Athens University of Economics and Business): http://www.paru.gr/

The Greek Crisis blog: http://www.greekcrisis.net/

Greek Economists for Reform: http://greekeconomistsforreform.com/

Greek Public Policy Forum: http://www.greekpublicpolicyforum.org/

Protagon: http://www.protagon.gr

Greek Ministry of Finance: http://www.minfin.gr/portal/en

European Commission, Economic and Financial Affairs: http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/index_en.htm 

Euro Crisis in the Press: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/eurocrisispress/

Stratfor: https://www.stratfor.com/topics/economics-and-finance/europes-economic-crisis?older=1436773273