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Visiting Fellows, Visiting Senior Fellows & Visiting Professors


Professor Elias Dinenis
(November 2013-July 2015)

Elias joins the Hellenic Observatory as Visiting Professor. He is a Professor of Finance at the University of Nicosia and a former Rector of Neapolis University, Cyprus. After spells at the London School of Economics and the London Business School, he became an Associate Dean at the Cass Business School at City University London, where he was also a Professor of Investment and Risk Management and Director of the Centre for Mathematical Trading and Finance. He has published extensively on financial regulation, asset valuation and portfolio strategies. He is currently working on various aspects of the economic crisis and the collapse of the banking sector in Cyprus and also on the economics and politics of the higher education sector in Greece.


Dr Bernard Casey  
(January 2015 -August 2015)

Bernard first joined the HO as Visiting Fellow in 2011. His fellowship has provided Bernard with the opportunity to carry out an examination supplementary pension schemes and provident funds in Cyprus. On this, he has been working with a colleague in Cyprus, Panayiotis Yiallouros (MSc Social Planning, LSE 1979), who is a former senior civil servant in Nicosia.  Together they have carried out a number of studies on aspects of employment and social policy in Cyprus for the labour and social ministry and the European Commission. Bernard has served in senior positions in the public service - primarily in the social policy ministries). He is currently Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, and he is a member of the editorial advisory board of International Social Security Review. 
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Dr Daniel M. Knight
(October 2014 - September 2017)

Daniel M Knight joins the Hellenic Observatory as Visiting Fellow. Daniel is an anthropologist who currently holds an Addison Wheeler Fellowship in the Department of Anthropology, Durham Energy Institute, and Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University. Daniel has conducted ethnographic research in Thessaly since 2003 and has published on the economic crisis, time, temporality, history, neoliberalism, neo-colonialism and renewable energy initiatives. At the Hellenic Observatory he will continue interdisciplinary research on renewable energy initiatives and sustainable development in austerity Greece and the wider Balkan region. The project explores the political and economic objectives of Balkan nations in the renewable energy market and highlights the social and technical challenges of energy transition. It further assesses the compatibility of governmental policy with current energy practices ‘on the ground’. The research will improve our understanding of the intersection between society and technology and the materiality of energy. Daniel will also continue to write on the Greek economic crisis, neoliberalism and social memory.


Dr Nikos Skoutaris
(October 2013 - September 2015)

Nikos is a Lecturer of EU law in the Department of Law of UEA. After spending a year (2012-2013) in HO and EI as an AN Hadjiyiannis Senior Research fellow, he joins HO for two more years as Visiting Senior Fellow in order to complete his project on the constitutional accommodation of ethno-territorial conflicts in Europe. This research project follows from his two previous ones on the Europeanisation of an age-old dispute (The Cyprus issue: The four freedoms in a (member-)state of siege (Hart Publishing, 2011)) and on the application of the federal principle in the EU and its Member States (Territorial Pluralism in Europe: Vertical Separation of powers in the EU and its Member States (Hart Publishing, 2014)). 

  • Professor Eleni Louri-Dendrinou joined the the Hellenic Observatory as Visiting Professor from September 2014 to December 2014. She is Professor at the Department of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business. She completed a B.Sc. in Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business, an MSc. in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD in Economics at the University of Oxford. From June 2008 to June 2014 she served as Deputy Governor, Bank of Greece and President of the Hellenic Deposit and Investment Guarantee Fund. Her research project  during her time at the Hellenic Observatory was: “Is a credit-less recovery possible? Firm and Credit Growth in Euro area: 2005-2012 Implications for monetary and industrial policies”.
  • Dr Dimitris Sotiropoulos joined  the Hellenic Observatory as Visiting Fellow for 3 years from January 2012 to December 2014. Dimitris undertook research on the quality of democracy in Greece in the comparative perspective of Southern Europe and South-eastern Europe.  For further details please click here.
  • Dr Adonis Pegasiou joined the Hellenic Observatory as Visiting Fellow from June 2012 - March 2014. He  undertook research on ‘The Europeanisation of Cyprus’s economy and the effects at the National level of European Union (EU) and Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) entry’. Adonis is a Research Associate in the European University of Cyprus.
  • Dr Marilena Simiti joined the Hellenic Observatory  as Visiting Fellow for a period of 3 months( 1 October - 31 December 2013). She is Assistant Professor of Political Sociology at the Department of European and International Studies in the University of Piraeus (Athens). Her research focuses on the current political crisis by highlighting the continuities and ruptures in citizens’ political engagement prior to and after the economic crisis. The title of her research is 'From passive political participation to political contestation'. For further details please click here
  • Professor Yannis Valinakis  spent 6 months at the Hellenic Observatory as ‘Ministry of Finance Senior Research Fellow' and then joined us as 'Visiting Senior Fellow' (1 Jun 2012 - 31 May 2013). He is Professor of International Relations / Jean Monnet Professor of European Diplomacy in the University of Athens and he formerly a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004-2009). The title of his research will be ‘The “Energy Spring” and its Conflict Potential in the East Mediterranean Sea: A Role for the EU?’.
  • Professor Lila Leontidou joined the Hellenic Observatory as Visiting Senior Fellow for a 4 month period (1 Mar - 31 Jul 2012). Lila is Director of European Culture Programme & Gem Research Unit at the School of Humanities of the Hellenic Open University. She undertook research on 'Social Media and Urban Movements in the Mediterranean during the Crisis: The case of Greece, 2008-2011'.
  • Dr Helen Caraveli joined the HO as Visiting Senior Fellow for a 2 month period (23 Apr - 29 Jun 2012). Her research was on ‘The Geographical Dimensions of the Economic Crisis: implications for the case of Greece’. Helen is Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics in the Athens University of Economics & Business.
  • Dr Alexandros Nafpliotis joined the Hellenic Observatory as Visiting Fellow for a 4 month period (9 Jan - 30 Apr 2012). His research was on exploring the transformation of Greek politics and polity which happened in the late 1970s early 1980s, after the emergence and eventual dominance of PASOK party. Since December 2010 Alexandros has been a full time Researcher at the Army History Directorate of the Hellenic Army. He is also conducting research for the Balkans Programme of the LSE Ideas.
  • Professor Thanassis Diamantopoulos has spent two weeks (12 - 27 April 2012) at the Hellenic Observatory as Visiting Senior Fellow. He is a Professor at the Panteion University of Social & Political Science, Athens, with a teaching experience spanning more than 30 years, covering Political Institutions; Political Parties; Comparative Government and Political History. Professor Diamantopoulos conducted research for a new edition of his book ‘Political parties and party systems: a comparative approach’ which was first published in Greece in 1988.
  • Dr Theodore Panagiotidis has spent 6 months at the Hellenic Observatory as 'Ministries of Finance and Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Research Fellow'. He then joined the HO as a 'Visiting Fellow' for a one year period (1 Mar 2011 - 31 Mar 2012). His research was on 'Sustainability of current account deficits for Greece and other states in the region'. Theodore is an Assistant Professor 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).
  • Professor Dimitris Venieris joined the Hellenic Observatory as Visiting Senior Fellow for a 6 month period (1 Oct 2011 - 31 Mar 2012). The subject of his research was 'Social Policy in Contemporary Greece: (social) mission impossible'. The primary aim of his research is to navigate the role of social policy in contemporary Greece and its ambiguous perspectives, as well as to assess the impact of the supranational factor in shaping this policy over the last decade. Professor Venieris is Associate Professor of Social Policy in the Department of Social and Educational Policy of the University of Peloponnese. He has published various articles and he is the author of three books: 'European Social Policy and Social Rights: The end of the Rapsody' (2009), 'Social Policy in Greece: Challenges and Perspectives' (2003) and 'European Social Charter: The social policy of the European Council' (2002).
  • Dr Anastassios Chardas joined  the Hellenic Observatory as Visiting Fellow for a 3 month period (9 Jan - 31 Mar 2012). The subject of his research was 'The role of administrative capacities in the implementation of the EU's Regional Policy: The case of the Regional Operational Programme of Thessaly, mainland of Greece and Epirus. Tassos holds a PhD in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Sussex.
  • Professor Agapi Kandylaki  joined the Hellenic Observatory as Visiting Fellow for a 4 month period (20 Oct 2011 - 15 Jan 2012). Her research was on 'Anti-oppressive and Human Rights social work with Muslim Minority and Roma communities in Thrace'. The aim of her paper was to explore and critically discuss the experiences of discrimination of the Roma population and the Muslims (Rom and Gypsies) living in the most disadvantaged and underdeveloped neighbourhoods in the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace in Greece. Agapi is an Associate Professor in Social Work, in the Department of Social Administration at the Democritus University of Thrace. She is a reviewer in the Journals 'Koinoniki Ergasia' and 'Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies'.
  • Dr Prodromos Vlamis has spent 6 months at the Hellenic Observatory as the 'Ministries of Finance and Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Research Fellow' (1 March - 31 August 2010) and then joined the Observatory as a 'Visiting Fellow' for a one year period (1 Jan - 31 Dec 2011). 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, UKand Visiting Assistant Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece. The subject of his research was on housing and real estate markets in Greece.
  • Dr Yiannos Katsourides joined the Hellenic Observatory as a Visiting Fellow from 29 Jun - 22 Jul 2011. The subject of Yiannos' research was the 'comparative evolution of the right-wing political parties in Greece and Cyprus in the post-1974 era'. Yiannos has recently been awarded an Early Career Fellowship for 2011-2012 by the British School at Athens. Since 2002 Yiannos has been a Parliamentary Assistant to AKEL's Parliamentary Team in the House of Representatives in Cyprus. He has held a Research Fellowship at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London for the period between June 2010 and June 2011 where his research has focussed on the study of social and political divisions and conflicts in Cyprus during the years 1878-1955.
  • Dr Giorgos Charalambous joined the Hellenic Observatory as a Visiting Fellow from 25 May - 1Jul 2011. During this period Giorgos conducted research on the responses of the Cypriot Communist Party (AKEL) and the Greek Communist Party (KKE) to the European Integration and the EU's challenges for their domestic arenas. The output of Giorgos research will take the form of updates and revisions to a book manuscript which is based on his PhD research and is currently under review by two international publishers. Giorgos is both Associate Lecturer at the Frederick University (Department of Journalism) and Associate Lecturer at the University of Cyprus (Department of Social & Political Sciences).
  • Dr Susannah Verney joined  the Hellenic Observatory during Nov-Dec 2010 - Mar 2011. Dr Verney is an Assistant Professor of European Integration, Department of Political Science & Public Administration, University of Athens. She conducted research on 'Greek political parties and European Integration'.
  • Ms Melina Skouroliakou joined the Hellenic Observatory for a 4 month period (1 Sep - 31 Dec 2010) and carried out research on 'Communicating Foreign Policy: The Communication Factor in the Formation and Implementation of Greek Foreign Policy, 2000-2009'. Melina is a Media & News Analyst at the Office of the Government Spokesman in Athens.
  • Yannos Papantoniou was Senior Visiting Fellow during 2009-10. He has served as Minister of Trade (1989), Minister of National Economy (1994), Minister of National Economy and Finance (1996), Minister of National Defence (2001) and currently holds the position of President of the Centre for Progressive Policy Research.
  • Fragkiskos Filippaios was a Greek Ministry of Economy and Finance Senior Research Fellow in 2007-8 and did research on "Greek FDI in Southeast Europe". He was a Lecturer in International Business and the Deputy Director of the MBA Programme at Kent Business School, The University of Kent. Currently he is the International MBA Course Director at Kingston Business School. He holds the responsibility for all international MBA programmes offered by Kingston University London, in Russia, Greece, Cyprus and India.
  • Associate Professor Umut Özkirimli was Senior Visiting Fellow during Mar - Jul 2009. Professor Özkirimli was Visiting Professor, Department of History, Boğazici University, Istanbul (2008-9); Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University, July 2005-present.
  • Mr Tim Judah was Senior Visiting Fellow during Mar - Jun 2009. Mr Judah is a Freelance journalist and Balkan specialist. Balkans correspondent for the Economist. Tim Judah would be concentrating on two primary research projects. The first would be the research, preparation and publication of a paper for our GreeSE Discussion paper series provisionally entitled 'Kosovo: One Year After'. This would be an evaluation of the developments in Kosovo one year after independence, including an assessment of regional and international implications.
  • Dr Elena Lazarou was a Visiting Fellow in 2008-9. Her research was on "Mass Media and the Europeanisation of Greek-Turkish relations".
  • Dr Anthi Provata was Visiting Fellow in Jul - Aug 2007. Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Social and Education Policy, University of Peloponnese.














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