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Research Assistant, Visiting Research Students and HO PhD Scholar

Hellenic Observatory Research Assistant


Michael Cottakis is HO Research Assistant. He holds an Msc in European Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and BA in Classics from Royal Holloway, University of London. He is also Director of the 1989 Generation Initiative at the European Institute, LSE.

Email: M.Cottakis@lse.ac.uk


Hellenic Observatory PhD Scholar

 Katerina Glyniadaki

Katerina Glyniadaki is a PhD scholar at the Hellenic Observatory - European Institute, under the supervision of Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis and Dr Rebecca Bryant. She holds an MPhil in Social Psychology from Cambridge University, an MA in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside, and a BA in Communication Studies, also from the University of California, Riverside.
Email: A.Glyniadaki@lse.ac.uk


Visiting Research Student 


Dimitrios Koutsoupakis joins the Hellenic Observatory/European Institute as a visiting research student for Michaelmas and Lent terms 2016/17. He holds an MPhil in Economics from the University of Athens, an MSc in Public Management from SDA Bocconi, and Bachelor in Economics from the University of Athens.

Dimitrios is a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in Economics (Ph.D. c | UADPhilEcon) at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Economic & Political Sciences – Department of Economics His Ph.D. thesis working title is ‘Essays on the Economics of pure decentralized (peer-to-peer/P2P) informal exchange networks: Crypto-currencies, crypto-economy and the digital private money’. His doctoral research is on peer-to-peer/P2P decentralized monetary exchange networks (cryptocurrencies) focusing on the economic and political value of distributed consensus ledgers.

His teaching and research interests lie in the fields of Political Economy, particularly in the history of economic thought and of Financial Economics, particularly in the theory of money and finance. Professionally he is specialised in financial modelling, analysis and reporting. He has worked for advisory firms before he established his own office. His experience encompasses projects that cover the full spectrum of economics advisory namely private (deals/transactions), public (infrastructure financing/project finance), and transnational (technical assistance/policy recommendation).