Current Research Fellows
Dr Rebecca Bryant (Sep 2012 - Aug 2016)
A.N. Hadjiyiannis Senior Research Fellow
Rebecca (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is an anthropologist of politics and law whose work has focused on ethnic conflict and displacement, border practices, transitional justice, and contested sovereignty on both sides of the Cyprus Green Line, as well as in Greece and Turkey. She was previously Associate Professor of Anthropology at George Mason University in the U.S. and has taught at the American University in Cairo, Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, and Cornell University. Her first book, Imagining the Modern: The Cultures of Nationalism in Cyprus (I.B. Tauris, 2004) examines the way that a colonial modernity and the liberal reason that accompanied it overturned old hierarchies and transformed relations of knowledge and power, laying the groundwork for the rise of nationalisms. This work has been translated into Turkish as Tebaadan Vatandaşa: Kıbrıs’ta Modernite ve Milliyetçilik (İletişim Yayınevi, 2007)and is forthcoming in Greek. After the opening of the Cyprus checkpoints in 2003, she returned to the island to research her second book, The Past in Pieces: Belonging in the New Cyprus (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010), which describes the ways that Cypriots have been rethinking the past and their relationships to place since the opening. She is also co-editor of the volume, Cyprus and the Politics of Memory: History, Community, and Conflict (London: I.B. Tauris, 2012) and editor of the forthcoming Shared Spaces and their Dissolution: Practices of Coexistence in the Post-Ottoman Sphere. She is the author of many academic articles and research reports and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including four Fulbright grants, two grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and funding from the Social Science Research Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. She has been a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities and a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Her current research uses ethnographic research in the unrecognized state in Cyprus’ north for a comparative project on everyday life in de facto states.
Dr Dimitris Antoniou (Jan 2014- July 2014)
National Bank of Greece Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Dimitris (D.Phil., University of Oxford) has studied Theology in Athens, Oriental Studies in Oxford, and Anthropology in Princeton. His interdisciplinary research focuses on unrealized government initiatives, the imaginary built environment, and the role of fantasy in politics. He has recently completed an ethnography of an unbuilt mosque in the suburbs of Athens and is currently preparing a monograph based on the study. He is also collaborating with architects and artists on research that explores the Táma tou Éthnous and the making of public history in post-dictatorial Greece. As a fellow at the Hellenic Observatory, Dimitris will be conducting research at the intersection of political science, media studies, and anthropology. His project, entitled “An Ethnography of the Political Mundane: Political Cost and Reform Failure in Contemporary Greece,” focuses on popular analytic concepts and in particular “political cost” (politikó kóstos) as a productive site for studying government operation.
Dr Georgios Evangelopoulos (Jan 2014-July 2014)
National Bank of Greece Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Georgios obtained his BA in Law from the National University of Athens, his MSc in European Studies from the LSE and his Ph.D. in International Relations from the LSE. The title of his doctoral thesis was “Scientific Realism in the Philosophy of Science and International Relations”. His research interests include philosophy of science, political theory and Foreign Policy Analysis while his current research project is “Greek Foreign Policy and the Agent-Structure Issue”. He has published the following three books in Greek: Philosophy and Science – A Dialogue between Cornelius Castoriadis and Georgios Evangelopoulos (Eurasian Publications, 2010 ), Mathematics and Physics – A special relationship (Eurasian Publications, 2010), Castoriadis and modern political theory (Eurasian Publications, 2009). He has also edited the Greek edition (Themelio, 2007) of Spyros Economides & Peter Wilson, The Economic Factor in International Relations (I.B. Tauris, 2001), and co-edited (with Athanasios Samartzis) the Greek edition (Crete University Press, 2006) of Michael Redhead’s, From Physics to Metaphysics (Cambridge University Press, 1995). Furthermore, he has served as the founding editor and editor in chief of the Greek edition of Quantum – The Magazine of Math and Science. Since 2007 Georgios has been scientific advisor to the President of the Hellenic Republic, Dr. Karolos Papoulias.
Recent Research and Post-doc Fellows
Dr Nikos Skoutaris (Sep 2012 - Sep 2013)
A.N. Hadjiyiannis Senior Research Fellow
Nikos obtained his LL.B. from the University of Aberdeen, his LL.M. from Maastricht University and his Ph.D. from the European University Institute. His doctoral thesis was published as a monograph with a leading publisher (The Cyprus issue: The four freedoms in a (member-) state of siege (Hart Publishing, 2011)). He is a member of the ERC-funded European and National Constitutional Law project (EuNaCon). The main output of his research within EuNaCon will consist of his second monograph (Territorial Pluralism in Europe: Federalism, Regionalism and Decentralisation in the EU and its Member States (Oxford, Hart Publishing, forthcoming in 2013)). As of 1 September 2012 he joined the Hellenic Observatory and the European Institute as a Senior Research Fellow with a project focusing on the accommodation of ethno-territorial conflicts in Europe.
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Dr Daniel Knight
National Bank of Greece Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
(Sep 2012 - Aug 2013)
Daniel holds a PhD in Anthropology from Durham University. His on-going research in central Greece concerns economic relations in diverse socio-historical contexts, understanding the impact of the current economic crisis through concepts of polytemporality. He has also published on how the crisis has created dynamic spaces for entrepreneurial opportunism and diversification. During his fellowship Daniel was working on his project “Under the Wings of Daedalus: photovoltaic energy transition and economic sustainability in Greece”. As Greece enters a fourth year of economic turmoil and fiscal austerity, renewable energy is viewed as a long-term solution to both socioeconomic and energy problems. The project focused on the possibility that photovoltaic energy can facilitate long-term sustainable socioeconomic development and investigates how the dissemination of macro-scale policy through systems of governance influences everyday social practice. [LSE Experts page]
Dr George Kyris
Hellenic Observatory & Neapolis University Post-Doctoral Fellow
(Feb - Aug 2013)
George completed his Doctoral Research (specialisation in EU Politics) at the Politics Department, University of Manchester, supported by an award from the IKY State Scholarships Foundation. He has taught European and International Politics in the Universities of Manchester and Warwick and has a long list of publications in peer-reviewed journals, international conferences and the media. Among else, his research has focused on the Europeanisation of Cyprus and particularly the Turkish-Cypriots as a contested state. He joined the Hellenic Observatory as a Neapolis University Fellow and undertook research on Cyprus EU Presidency. His wider research interests include: EU Politics, EU External Relations, EU and conflict resolution and engagement with contested states, especially the Cyprus issue, South-East European Politics, particularly Cyprus, Greece and Turkey, International Relations and Theories, especially European Integration theories, Europeanisation. [LSE Experts page]
Dr Spyros Kosmidis
National Bank of Greece Research Fellow (1 Mar - 31 Aug 2012)
He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Essex. He has taught a number of Courses in the Essex Summer School of Social Sciences. Also, during his PhD he participated in a series of Courses in Empirical Methods and since 2009 he has been teaching the 1st year undergraduate course 'Introduction to European Politics'. His research will be on exploring the dynamics of economic voting in Greece and how these influence economic performance.
Dr Theofanis Exadaktylos
Ministry of Finance Research Fellow (Mar - Aug 2012)
Fanis is a Lecturer in European Politics in the Department of Politics of the University of Surrey. He was awarded his PhD in Politics in September 2010. His interdisciplinary academic background spans areas of European Integration and EU Public Policy and Governance, Europeanization and Causality, and National Foreign and Security Policy. His work has been published in the Journal of Common Market Studies and in leading research-based textbooks on EU Politics. His research project is entitled 'Pushing the EU borders to the East: The Europeanization of Foreign Policy in the aftermath of the Eastern Enlargement'.
Dr Athanasia Chalari
A.C. Laskaridis Post-Doctoral Fellow (Sep 2011 - Aug 2012)
Dr Chalari holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Warwick. She worked as a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester and previously, she was a Visiting Lecturer at the Panteion University, Greece and a Visiting Fellow, department of Sociology at Harvard University, USA. She also worked as a supervisor at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses upon current and classic Social Theory and she will undertake research on 'The social change in current Greece: the contribution of young generation'.
Professor Yannis Valinakis
Ministry of Finance Senior Research Fellow (Sep 2011 - Feb 2012)
His research focused on the project 'Greece's European Policy Making'. Yannis Valinakis is Professor of International Relations / Jean Monnet Professor of European Diplomacy, University of Athens. He was formerly a member of the Greek Parliament (2004-2009) and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004-2009). He holds over ten decorations from various countries including the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, China, Germany, and Norway and also holds several Honorary Awards and Medals.
Dr Vasilis Leontitsis
National Bank of Greece Research Fellow (Sep 2011 - Feb 2012)
Vasilis holds a PhD from the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield. He has held research and teaching posts at the Universities of Sheffield and Wales and has also worked for an Expert Consultancy Report for the Technical University of Crete. His research project was entitled 'From "Capodistrias" to "Callicrates": Reforming Greek local government'.
Professor Alexis Heraclides
National Bank of Greece Senior Research Fellow (Mar - Aug 2011)
Since 2005, he is Professor of International Relations and Conflict Analysis at the Department of Political Science and History of the Panteion University of Social and Political Science in Athens. From 1993 onwards he was a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at the same University. Previously he held the post of Counselor for minorities and human rights in the Greek Foreign Ministry (1983-1997). He has also been appointed as Alternate Expert of the UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of the Minorities. Professor Heraclides undertook research on 'The enduring Greek-Turkish rivalry: A study of the subjective dimension of the conflict (Enemy images, National narratives, National identity'.
Dr Christopher Tsoukis
Ministry of Finance and Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Senior Research Fellow (Feb - Jul 2011)
Since 2001 Chris is a Senior Lecturer at the London Metropolitan University. Previously he was a Lecturer at the Economics Department, School of Economic Studies of the University of Hull (1994-2001). In March-April 2001 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Emory University of Atlanta. His main research interests included: (1) Social and Behavioral Macroeconomics: status and 'keeping up with the Joneses', the growth-inequality relationship, factor shares, social conflict, distributive justice. (2) Fiscal Policy: optimal size of government, budget deficits and interest rates, fiscal stabilization, debt sustainability. (3) Greece. His research project was focused on 'Effects and determinants of fiscal policy and the budget deficits: The Greek Experience'.
Dr Elpida Prasopoulou
A.C. Laskaridis Post- Doctoral Fellow (Sep 2010 - Aug 2011)
She is a Senior Research Officer at the Athens University of Economics and Business, Department of Management Science and Technology. In 2008 she was an External Collaborator-Researcher to the N.C.S.R Demokritos, Division of Applied Technologies and Research Support. During 2002-2006 she served as a Research Officer at the ELTRUN – The E-Business Center at the Athens University of Economics and Business. Dr Prasopoulou undertook research on 'The role of ICT innovation for state reform and its imbrication with political institutions'.
Professor Christos Lyrintzis
National Bank of Greece Senior Research Fellow (Sep 2010 - Feb 2011)
Christos is a Professor at the University of Athens, Department of Political Science and Public Administration. He has also been Director and Chairman of the Board of the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE, Athens, 2003-2005) and a Member of the Standing Committee for the Social Sciences, European Science Foundation (ESF, 2003-2005). His current research interests include: Modern Political Theory, Political Methodology and Comparative Politics with special emphasis on Southern and South Eastern Europe. Professor Lyrintzis research project was 'Research on political party developments in Greece during the last three decades and analyses of problems and questions that have surfaced in the last years'.
Dr Theodore Panagiotidis
Ministry of Finance and Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Research Fellow (Sep 2010 - Feb 2011).
Theodore is a Lecturer in Econometrics at the University of Macedonia, Department of Economics. Previously, he has held the post of Lecturer in Economics at the Loughborough University, Department of Economics (2003-2007) and the post of ESRC Research Fellow at the University of Brunel, Department of Economics and Finance (2002-2003). He has published a large number of articles such us': On the stationarity of current account deficits in the European Union' (with M. J. Holmes and Jesus Otero), 'An out-of-sample test for nonlinearity in financial time series: An empirical application', 'Purchasing Power Parity and the European Single Currency" (with M. Christidou), 'Can common stocks provide a hedge against inflation? Evidence from African countries" (with P. Alagidede) and 'Causal relationship between stock prices and exchange rates' (with Xu Zhang and P. Alagidede). Dr Panagiotidis research project was 'Twin deficits and Growth in Southeast Europe'.
Dr Dimitris Papadimitriou
National Bank of Greece Senior Research Fellow (Mar -Aug 2010)
He is a Reader in European Politics at the University of Manchester and the co-director of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. Previously he has held research and teaching posts at the Universities of Bradford and Leeds, the London School of Economics, Princeton University and Yale University. His research interests include Greek politics and the European Union's engagement with Southeast Europe. He has published a large number of articles in major international journals. He is also the author of Negotiating the New Europe (Ashgate, 2002), From Marginalisation to Membership: Romania and the European Union (with D. Phinnemore, Rutledge 2008) and The Limits of Europeanisation: Reform capacity and policy conflict in Greece (with K. Featherstone, Palgrave, 2008).
Dr Prodromos Vlamis
Ministries of Finance and Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Senior Research Fellow (Mar - Aug 2010).
Prodromos is an economist by training (Ph.D Cambridge, M.Phil Cambridge, M.Sc York, B.A Athens) specializing in real estate finance. He is currently Associate to the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, UK, visiting Assistant Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece and Research Fellow (non-stipendiary) at the Centre for Planning and Economic Research, Greece. Since 2003 he has been working as a Lecturer in Economics and Finance for the International Programmes Department of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. During 2004-2006 he was post-doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University, USA. He also served as a Temporary Lecturer in Finance at the Department of Land Economy and Preceptor in Economics at Corpus Christi College, both at the University of Cambridge (2002-2003). Previously, he worked as a Teaching Assistant at the same University (2000-2002).
Dr Effrosyni Vraniali
A.C. Laskaridis Post- Doctoral Fellow (Sep 2009 - Aug 2010)
Dr Vraniali's research project was 'To increase empirical knowledge about the situation and dynamics of the new public governance in Greece'. Dr Vraniali holds a PhD in public law and her current roles include that of Programme Officer with the European Public Law Organization (EPLO), Greece; Project Manager with GERFIP (French research centre); member of the teaching personnel at the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government, Athens, Greece, and as a Program Officer, General Delegate for Greece with FONDAFIP (Association pour la Fondation Internationale de Finances Publiques), Paris, France.
Ministries of Finance and Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Senior Research Fellow (Jan & Jun 2010)
Theodore's research project was 'Greece as a European Paradox'. Theodore Pelagidis is Professor of Economics at the University of Piraeus. He holds a Ph.D (Pol. Econ) from Paris University, being at the same time an EU SPES researcher at the same University. He has also conducted post-doctoral research on the EMU at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University (1993-94 and 1995-96 as a NATO scholar). He has also been a visiting Fulbright and Onassis scholar at Columbia University, UC Berkeley, UTexas Austin, American University, SFSU and CUNY, spring semester 2008, and a Senior Fellow at LSE (Hellenic Observatory, 2009). He specializes in Positive Political Economy (Public Choice & Institutional Economics), European Economics and International Economic Integration (Globalization). He has published more than 40 articles in professional journals such as, The Journal of Economic Policy Reform, The Journal of Policy Modeling (2), Cambridge Journal of Economics, International Review of Law and Economics, The Review of European Economic Policy (Intereconomics) (3), The Journal of Post-Keynesian Economics, Challenge. The Magazine of Economic Affairs etc.
Senior Research Fellow (Lent Term 2009-10)
His research was on 'Greece's attitudes towards the Balkan crisis, 1992-2009 and analysis on different views between foreign policy think tanks in Greece and official Government policy'. Professor Veremis is a Professor of Political History, University of Athens, Department of European and International Studies. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy and President of the National Greek Council for Education since 2004, an Institution responsible for the recent reforms on tertiary education in Greece.
Professor Georges Prevelakis
National Bank of Greece Senior Research Fellow (Sep 2009 - Feb 2010)
Professor Prevelakis research project was 'Modern Greece, through Geography's eyes'. Professor Prevelakis is Professor of Geopolitics, University of Pantheon-Sorbonne (Paris 1) Paris, France. Between 2003-2005 he was the Chair Holder (Visiting Professor) for the 'Constantine Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and South-Eastern European Studies' at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, USA. Fields of specialization: Cultural and Political Geography; Geopolitics; Diasporas; European and Balkan Geopolitics; Geography and History of Greece and of the Greek Diaspora; Urban Geography and History of Modern Athens.
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