Athanasia is a Visiting Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre and a Quantitative Skills Tutor at Queen Mary University of London. She was previously Unit Leader in Economics and Econometrics at Manchester Metropolitan University and External Lecturer in Development Macroeconomics at the University of Manchester. Prior to working in the UK, Athanasia served as Economist at University of Piraeus Research Centre in Greece. She holds a PhD in Economics, an MRes in Management and Business, an MSc in Sustainable Development, a BSc in Maritime Science and a BSc in Economic Science from Greek and British universities.
Her PhD examined the causal relationship between exports and economic growth in the United Arab Emirates, using advanced multivariate time series analysis. Athanasia’s current research investigates the validity of the export-led growth hypothesis in the United Arab Emirates, focusing on the causality between re-exports, non-oil exports and long-run economic growth. Her work additionally focuses on the effects of trade and technology transfer on human capital and economic growth in the UAE and other GCC countries.