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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, 28 October 2014
Crisis and Democracy: Democracy in Crisis: Social Anthropological Perspectives on the Fragility of the Social Contract
by Elisabeth KIRTSOGLOU, Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Durham
Venue: Cañada Blanch Room, COW 1.11
Seminar details|


Friday, 7 November 2014
Public Debate: What is 'modern' about Modern Greece?|
Opening Speakers
: Professor Molly Greene (Princeton University), Professor Vassilis Lambropoulos (University of Michigan), Professor Stathis Kalyvas (Yale University)
Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone, Hellenic Observatory Director
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.


Tuesday, 11 November 2014
The Newly Disadvantaged: Responses to rapid socioeconomic change in Greece
by Alexander KENTIKELENIS, Research Associate,
King's College, University of Cambridge
Venue: Cañada Blanch Room COW 1.11 Cowdray House
Seminar details|



Wednesday, 12 November 2014
The Greek Orthodox Church and the Economic Crisis|
Speaker: His Eminence Metropolitan Ignatius of Demetrias and Almyros
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
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|


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|


Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Public Lecture: 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|
Seminar details|


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

Maps of the LSE Campus can be found here|.


  • Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis gave a live TV interview to Popi Tsapanidou at STAR Channel (Greece) on 17 October about the rising spreads on Greek government bonds and the plans for an ‘early exit’ from the Memorandum agreement
  • 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.
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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


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

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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
By special arrangement, the full article can be accessed  free of charge from 6th October to 31st October only by clicking here|.


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


(When) Does Austerity Work? On the Conditional Link between Fiscal Austerity and Debt Sustainability|
Monastiriotis, Vassilis
, Cyprus Economic Policy Review, Vol.8 (1), pp.71-92, 2014


When Greeks and Turks Meet: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relationship Since 1923
Edited by Vally Lytra
Ashgate, 2014
Dr James Ker-Lindsay contributed a chapter, titled 'The Politics of Identity, Language and Culture: Does a Cyprus solution still matter?', pp.109-124.

Germany's War Debt to Greece: A Burden Unsettled-Nicos Christodoulakis

Germany's War Debt to Greece: A Burden Unsettled
Author: Nicos Christodoulakis, Research Associate LSE, Hellenic Observatory.
Published by Palgrave Macmillan.
May 2014


Regional Growth and National Development: Transition in Central and Eastern Europe and the Regional Kuznets Curve in the East and the West
|Monastiriotis, Vassilis, Spatial Economic Analysis, Volume 9,  Issue 2, pp-142-161, 2014

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The public-private duality in wage reforms and adjustment during the Greek crisis
|Monastiriotis, Vassilis
and Christopoulou, Rebekka
Crisis Observatory (ELIAMEP)
April 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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