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Hellenic Observatory

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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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Cyprus in Time

Cyprus in Time

Monday 24 October - Friday 25 November 2016
(excl. Wed 26 October from 4pm & Fri 25 November from 3pm)
Venue: Atrium Gallery, Old Building LSE
Time: 10:00 - 20:00

This exhibition is free and open to all - no booking required.

Photographic display of black and white images taken by Cypriot artist photographer and journalist Antigoni Solomonidou Droussiotou.

This exhibition is organised by the Hellenic Observatory in association with LSE Arts to celebrate the HO's 20 Year Anniversary. It is supported by the A. G. Leventis Foundation.

Under the auspices of HE Euripides L. Evriviades, High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus in the UK


Monday, 31 October 2016
Hellenic Observatory & Hellenic Bankers Association-UK
The Road to Recovery: can Greek banks revive the real economy?

Speaker: Nikolaos Karamouzis, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Eurobank Ergasias SA; Emeritus Professor, University of Piraeus
Chair: Dimitri Vayanos, Professor of Finance, Head of the Department of Finance; Director, Paul Woolley Centre for the Study of Capital Market Dysfunctionality, LSE

Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE campus
Time: 18:30 - 20:00

This event is free and open to all, however it has now reached maximum capacity and Eventbrite registration has closed. Those already registered on the waiting list will be notified in case places become available.


Tuesday, 8 November 2016
The Analytics of the Greek Crisis

Speaker: Dimitri VAYANOS, Professor of Finance, Head of the Department of Finance, Director of the Paul Woolley Centre for the Study of Capital Market Dysfunctionality, LSE
Venue: LSE Campus, Room TBC

This event is free and open to all; Registration is required via https://horesearchseminar.eventbrite.co.uk, sale ends on Monday 7 November, 9am


Monday, 14 November 2016
The Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy & the Hellenic Observatory present:

A social or a neoliberal Europe? The Greek experience

Speaker: George Katrougalos, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Greece and Professor of Public Law
Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics
Discussant: Sarah Paterson, Assistant Professor of Law

Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB)
Time: 18.30-20:00


Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Outward migration from Greece during the crisis

Speakers: Lois LABRIANIDIS, Secretary General for Strategic and Private Investments, Greek Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism; Professor of Economic Georgraphy, University of Macedonia;  
Manolis PRATSINAKIS, Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Macedonia; Research Fellow, Institute of Migration and Ethnic Studies, University of Amsterdam

Venue: Cañada Blanch Room COW 1.11 Cowdray House
Time: 18:00-19:30

We are grateful to the National Bank of Greece for funding this research project.


Friday, 25 November 2016

Greece: Modernisation and Europe 20 years on

Venue: Shaw Library, Old Building, LSE Campus
Time: 09.00-20.00

Drawing on the conference organised at the European Institute of LSE in November 1994, this retrospective conference asks participants to reflect on the modernisation of Greece, particularly over the past two decades.

This event is free and open to all, however tickets have now sold out and Eventbrite registration has closed. Those already registered on the waiting list will be notified in case places become available.


Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Advance or Regression? Gender balance and the crisis in Greece

Speakers: Antigone LYBERAKI, Professor of Economics, Panteion University; Visiting Professor, Hellenic Observatory Platon TINIOS, Assistant Professor at Piraeus University; Visiting Senior Fellow, Hellenic Observatory;

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

We are grateful to the National Bank of Greece for funding this research project.

Meghnad Desai

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.
Time: 19:00

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



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 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

NEW GreeSE cover

GreeSE Paper No.102
A Comparison of Subjective Experiences and Responses to Austerity of UK and Greek Youth
Chalari, Athanasia; Sealey, Clive; Webb, Mike
September 2016

NEW GreeSE cover

GreeSE Paper No.101
Explaining Non-Performing Loans in Greece: A Comparative Study on the Effects of Recession and Banking Practices
Monokroussos, Platon; Thomakos, Dimitrios D. and Alexopoulos, Thomas A.
August 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

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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