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 scholars focusing on Greece.
In 2011, the Observatory expanded its coverage to include contemporary Cyprus.
Observatory staff and visitors conduct individual and group research projects, published in high quality outlets including the Observatory’s own extensive Discussion Paper Series GreeSE. We facilitate research projects beyond the UK and acts as a conduit and forum for collaborative research projects. Our core staff are important contributors to public debates and commentary on the contemporary political and economic situation in Greece.
Further, the Hellenic Observatory has an extensive schedule of public lectures, seminars and conferences (including a biennial PhD Symposium), enabling the Observatory to be a leading forum for the exchange of views and opinions on the Greek economy, politics and society in its domestic and international contexts.
For more details on the HO's Mission, Aims, Structure and Donors click here.
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The Hellenic Observatory is affiliated to two other units at the European Institute:
LSEE-Research on South Eastern Europe & Contemporary Turkish Studies.
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The Hellenic Observatory's Research Associate Dr Athanasia Chalari was interviewed by The Economist: Greeks are ready to change
Prof Kevin Featherstone contrasted the confusion and errors over the arrest of the Golden Dawn leaders in Greece with what the arrests might signify more generally: a decisive shift against the Neo-Nazi party and the greater confidence of the mainstream parties, in the article A Decisive Shift for Kathimerini (6/10/2013)
Dr Spyros Economides was quoted in an article on the Greek Nazi party Golden Dawn by the Danish newspaper ' Information' (24/9/2013).
Dr Spyros Economides, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and European Politics and Hellenic Observatory Deputy Director, has been appointed Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb for the academic year 2013-14.
Dr Daniel M. Knight gave an interview to the LSE's Press Office, discussing his research on solar energy and Greece (4/9/2013).
Professor Featherstone published an article for The Independent entitled Greece's Herculean task is to survive a recession as big as the Wall Street Crash (17/9/2013).
Dr Rebecca Bryant presented a paper at the International Workshop, Mobilities: Immobilities: Revisiting the Forced Displacement Conundrum organised by the Chr. Michaelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway (6-7/9/2013).
Dr George Kyris (Hellenic Observatory & Neapolis University Postdoctoral Fellow) presented a paper entitled European Union and the Turkish-Cypriot Civil Society: Europeanization in Conditions of Contested Statehood, at the UACES 43rd Annual Conference, that took place in Leeds (2-4/9/2013).
Professor Kevin Featherstone, in an Op-Ed for Kathimerini (Greece), asked What is Britain saying now? in its foreign policy after the parliamentary vote on Syria (1/9/2013).
Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis presented two papers at the 53rd European Regional Science Association Congress in Palermo: (i) ‘FDI spillovers in the ENP countries: does European FDI have a productivity advantage?’, co-authored with Mireia Borrell; (ii) ‘Beyond rising unemployment: the distribution and determinants of unemployment risk in the Greek regions during the crisis’, co-authored with Angelo Martelli (27-31/8/2013).
Dr Monastiriotis presented a paper titled ‘Labour market adjustment in Greece during the crisis: demand/supply shifts and regional variations’, at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Regional Science Association International (British and Irish Section), in Cambridge (20-22/8/2013).
Dr Daniel Knight published an article entitled Pandora's Box: photovoltaic energy and economic crisis in Greece at The Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (14/8/2013).
Professor Kevin Featherstone, in an Op-Ed for Kathimerini (Greece), argued it is time to think about the European South (4/8/2013).
Dr Nikos Skoutaris gave an interview on The big shift right, to the English Edition of Kathimerini (5/7/2013).
Dr George Kyris published an article in the Journal of Common Market Studies, entitled Europeanization beyond Contested Statehood: The European Union and Turkish-Cypriot Civil Society.
Dr James Ker-Lindsay was quoted in an article of the Cyprus-mail entitled Russia eyeing Cyprus bases (30/6/2013).
Dr Nikos Skoutaris participated in the 20th International Conference of Europeanists organised by the Council of European Studies (CES, Columbia University) in Amsterdam, where he presented a paper entitled ‘Promoting regionalism in the neighbourhood? The case of ENP’ (25-27/6/2013).
Professor Kevin Featherstone, in an Op-Ed for Kathimerini (Greece), argued that the sudden closure of ERT, the state broadcaster, ‘tells us all we need to know’ about the challenges of reforming the public sector in Greece (16/6/2013).
We are currently planning a very exciting programme of events for the Lent Term and we will be updating our website soon.
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Unless otherwise stated, all Hellenic Observatory Seminars
take place in the Cañada Blanch Room (COW 1.11), Cowdray House,
Portugal Street, LSE at 18:00.
All Hellenic Observatory Seminars are open to all with no ticket required;
entry is on a first come-first served basis.
GreeSE Paper no.79
Apergis, Nicholas and Cooray, Arusha
New Evidence on the Remedies of the Greek Sovereign Debt Problem November 2013
Social Issues in Focus
New Generation Research on a Changing Greece
Five A.C Laskaridis Post-Doctoral Fellows, LSE: Effie Fokas
, Diana Bozhilova
, Effie Vraniali
, Elpida Prasopoulou
and Athanasia Chalari
Introduction by Kevin Featherstone, Economia Publishing
GreeSE Paper no.78
Dergiades, Theologos, Milas, Costas, and Panagiotidis, Theodore
Tweets, Google Trends and Sovereign Spreads in the GIIPS,
The Cypriot Economic Collapse - More Than a Conventional South European Failure
Authors: Adonis Pegasiou, Research Associate, European University Cyprus Research Centre ; Visiting Fellow, LSE Hellenic Observatory
Journal of Mediterranean Politics, 2013
GreeSE Paper no.77
Marangudakis, Manussos, Rontos, Kostas and Xenitidou, Maria,
State Crisis and Civil Consciousness in Greece, October 2013
GreeSE Paper no.76
Vlamis, Prodromos, Greek Fiscal Crisis and Repercussions for the Property Market, September 2013
Οι τελευταίοι Οθωμανοί - Η μουσουλμανική μειονότητα της Δυτικής Θράκης, 1940-1949
Featherstone K, Παπαδημητρίου Δ, Μαμαρέλης Α, Νιάρχος Γ
Εκδόσεις Αλεξάνδρεια, 2013
The book was published in English by Palgrave Macmillan Publishers (2011)
From Stagnation to Forced Adjustment: Reforms in Greece, 1974-2010
Editors: Stathis Kalyvas, George Pagoulatos and Haridimos Tsoukas
Hurst Publishers, 2012
The book is part of a series on Contemporary Greece supported by the Hellenic Observatory
Political Economy of Statebuilding - Power after Peace
Chapter 10 by Richard Caplan, Spyros Economides and Othon Anastasakis, ‘Regional Approaches to State-building I: the European Union
THE CYPRUS ISSUE - The Four Freedoms in a Member State under Siege
Author: Dr Nikos Skoutaris, A.N. Hadjiyiannis Senior Research Fellow, Hellenic Observatory, LSE
Hart Publishing, 2012
Cyprus and the Politics of Memory: History, Community and Conflict Editors: Rebecca Bryant, A.N. Hadjiyiannis Senior Research Fellow, Hellenic Observatory, LSE and Yiannis Papadakis, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus
For more details on the Hellenic Observatory publications click here
HO PhD Scholarship on Greece
The Hellenic Observatory will be closed for the Christmas period from
20 December- 2 January 2014.