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Hellenic Observatory


Welcome to the Hellenic Observatory (HO), part of the European Institute at the LSE.

Established in 1996, the Hellenic Observatory is internationally recognised as one of the premier research centres on contemporary Greece. It brings together a core group of LSE academics, and a range of Research, Post-Doctoral and Visiting Fellows, to create a multidisciplinary network of social scientists researching Greece. The Hellenic Observatory is affiliated to two other units at the European Institute: LSEE-Research on South Eastern Europe| & Contemporary Turkish Studies|; while in 2011 it expanded its coverage to include contemporary Cyprus|

We publish an in-house discussion papers series|  and have an extensive schedule of public lectures, seminars and conferences (including a biennial PhD Symposium); while our staff and fellows publish regularly in international scientific and policy outlets and engage in individual and collaborative research projects. For more information click on the relevant tabs below.

Click here for the Hellenic Observatory Annual Newsletter 2013-2014|


Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Banal, benign or pernicious? The relationship between religion and national identity from the perspective of religious minorities in Greece
by Effie FOKAS, Research Fellow, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Athens, and Research Associate, Hellenic Observatory, LSE
Venue:Cañada Blanch Room COW 1.11, Cowdray House 
Seminar details|


Thursday, 27 November 2014
Book Launch: Resolving Cyprus: New Approaches to Conflict Resolution|
by Dr James KER-LINDSAY, Eurobank Senior Research Fellow, LSE Venue: CLM.2.02 , 2nd Floor, Clement House , LSE
Time: 18.30-20.00
With contributions by : Emel Akcali, Yeshim Harris, Klearchos Kyriakides, Neophytos Loizides, Robert McDonald, Mustafa Ergun Olgun, Zenon Stavrinides, Birte Vogel


Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Book Launch: The European Debt Crisis: The Greek Case|
by Costas SIMITIS, Former Greek Prime Minister
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
This event is FREE and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come first served basis.
Media queries: Please contact the Press Office if you would like to request a press seat or have a media query about this event, email LSE.Press.Events@lse.ac.uk|
Event details|


Thursday, 11 December 2014
Public Lecture: Local Governance in Times of Crisis - Lessons for Greece from the City of Thessaloniki|
by Yiannis BOUTARIS, Mayor of Thessaloniki
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre Clement House, LSE
Time: 18.30-20.00
This event is FREE and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come first served basis.
Media queries: Please contact the Press Office if you would like to request a press seat or have a media query about this event, email LSE.Press.Events@lse.ac.uk|.


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

Maps of the LSE Campus can be found here|.


  • Dr James Ker-Lindsay was quoted in the article Natural Gas Fight Dampens Any Optimism for Cyprus Reunification (World Politics Review, 12/11/2014)
  • Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis gave a live TV interview to Popi Tsapanidou about the EC Aging Report and its projections on Greece, STAR Channel (Greece) (11/11/14)
  • Dr James Ker-Lindsay  gave a radio interview to Athens International Radio on the rising tensions over natural gas exploration around Cyprus (10/11/14)
  • Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis gave a radio interview on the Greek economy and the conclusion of the Greek Memorandum, Athina 984 (02/11/14)
  • Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis gave a live TV interview to Popi Tsapanidou about the rising spreads on Greek government bonds and the plans for an ‘early exit’ from the Memorandum agreement, STAR Channel (Greece) (17/10/14)
  • Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis was quoted in the Wall Street Journal on their coverage of the recent economic and political developments in GreeceFriday/Sunday 10-12 October issue)
  • The article "(When) does austerity work”, published in the Cyprus Economic Policy Review (vol.8, no.1), authored by Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis was covered by Stockwatch, Cyprus (10/10/2014)
  • Professor Kevin Featherstone wrote an Op-Ed for Kathimerini, Greece, (19/10) entitled ‘Acting European, thinking Balkan?’ [Ευρωπαϊκή δράση, αλλά «βαλκανική» σκέψη?], in which he noted the increasing similarity between Greece and her Balkan neighbours in terms of international measures of performance concerning governance. Read the article in English here.
  • Dr James Ker-Lindsay was quoted in the article 'President says: I had no other choice', Cyprus Mail (07/10/14)
  • Professor Kevin Featherstone was quoted in the article 'Greek Debt Gives Best Returns as Souring Stocks Signal Samaras Predicament', Bloomberg (26/09/14)
  • Professor Kevin Featherstone published an article in Kathimerini, Greece, titled 'The Scottish Bell Rings for All' ("Η σκωτσέζικη καμπάνα χτυπάει για όλους") on the topic of the Scottish independence referendum (14/09/14)
  • Dr James Ker-Lindsay was interviewed on the latest developments in the Cyprus Problem for the Cyprus News Digest. Listen here (starting at 19'40") (12/09/14)
  • Dr James Ker-Lindsay was quoted in the article ''Greek Cypriot rhetoric ‘tougher than before’'', Londra Gazete (11/09/14)
  • Dr James Ker-Lindsay was interviewed in the article 'LSE Expert: "Cyprus Could be Solved in a Month"', Athens Views (05/09/14)
  • Dr James Ker-Lindsay was interviewed by Cyprus News Digest (Radio), on the the implications of Recep Tayip Erdogan's election as President of Turkey (listen at 19'50") (04/09/14)  
  • Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis has been appointed member of the Scientific Council (Advisory Board) of the “Administration and Public Employment Review” (RAEP), a policy review published by the Directorate General for Administration and Public Employment (DGAEP) of the Ministry of Finance, Portugal.
  • Professor Kevin Featherstone's book The Road to Maastricht: Negotiating Economic and Monetary Union  was chosen for the “100 books on Europe to remember” book list, compiled by the European Parliament. You can access the list here.
NEW GreeSE cover

GreeSE Paper no.86
Thomadakis, Stavros; Gounopoulos, Dimitrios; Nounis, Christos and Riginos, Michalis
Financial Innovation and Growth: Listings and IPOs from 1880 to World War II in the Athens Stock Exchange|
September 2014


The evolution of wage returns across the Greek regions during the crisis
 Monastiriotis, Vassilis
To be published in the Conference Proceedings of the Regional Studies Association Winter Conference, London, 27-28 November, 2014


Convergence through Crisis? The Impact of the crisis on the wage returns across the Greek regions
Monastiriotis, Vassilis

Region et Developpement, 2014, November, vol.39


The regional impact of EU association agreements: lessons for the ENP from the CEE experience|
Monastiriotis V., Kallioras D. and Petrakos G
LEQS Discussion Paper No80, October 2014


Between equity, efficiency and redistribution: An analysis of revealed allocation criteria of regional public investment in Greece
|Monastiriotis V
. and Psycharis Y.
European Urban and Regional Studies, 2014 ,vol.21, No.4, pp.445-462


Economic Crisis, Social Solidarity and the Voluntary Sector in Greece
|Sotiropoulos, Dimitri A, Visiting Fellow, Hellenic Observatory and Bourikos, Dimitris
Journal of Power, Politics & Governance June 2014, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 33-53


The social situation of Greece under the crisis; Basic socio-economic data for Greece, 2013
|Sotiropoulos, Dimitri A, Visiting Fellow, Hellenic Observatory
Report published by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, May 2014

ELIAMEP (vertical logo)

Civil Society in Greece in the Wake of the Economic Crisis
|Sotiropoulos, Dimitri A
, Visiting Fellow, Hellenic Observatory
Report published by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and ELIAMEP, 2014


External conditionality and the debt crisis: the ‘Troika’ and public administration reform in Greece
Featherstone, Kevin
, Journal of European Public Policy, September 2014


The Subjective Experiences of Three Generations during the Greek Economic Crisis
|Chalari, Athanasia, World Journal of Social Science Research. 1(1): 89-109, 2014


Resolving Cyprus: New Approaches to Conflict Resolution|
Author: Ker-Lindsay, James
Published by I.B. Tauris, August 2014


For more details on the Hellenic Observatory publications click here|

Timelines of the crisis

European Central Bank: http://www.ecb.europa.eu/ecb/html/crisis.en.html|

The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/business/interactive/2012/oct/17/eurozone-crisis-interactive-timeline-three-years|

Bruegel: http://www.bruegel.org/blog/eurocrisistimeline/|

Athens Centre for International Political Economy (ACIPE): http://www.idis.gr/acipe/timeline/|

CNN­­ International News: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/06/23/greece.crisis.timeline/|

BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13856580|

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_debt_crisis_timeline|

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| 


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