The Greek minister of economy and finance Professor George Alogoskoufis today, Friday 3 March, announced a new initiative with the Hellenic Observatory at LSE.
The Greek government is to fund a new academic post to boost the Observatory's research on Greece's economic relations within south east Europe. The new Research Fellow post will enable an experienced academic to spend time at the Observatory producing high quality research for up to one year.
Professor Alogoskoufis is an alumnus of LSE. He obtained an MSc in Economics in 1978 and a PhD in Economics in 1981. He holds a chair in Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business.
Professor Kevin Featherstone, director of the Hellenic Observatory, said: 'This is a timely boost for LSE's focus on south east Europe: it gives us greater specialisation in an area of economic policy of increasing relevance to the European Union as a whole. Coming after the announcement of a fellowship funded by the National Bank of Greece, the new Chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies, and the specialist expertise of colleagues elsewhere in the School, this enables us to make a valuable contribution to relevant policy debates.'
Director of LSE Howard Davies welcomed Professor Alogoskoufis. He said: 'LSE's links with Greece are long-established: this post will boost them further. The debate to come about the future of the EU will inevitably focus on Europe's Eastern frontiers. This post will help us to contribute to that debate. We are most grateful to Mr Alogoskoufis and the Greek government for making it possible.'
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The Hellenic Observatory, established in 1996, addresses a range of topics of interest to academic, media, financial and business sectors Its core aim is to promote teaching and research on the contemporary politics, economics and society of Greece and Cyprus. Recent speakers have included His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew and Dora Bakoyannis, mayor of Athens.
LSE has around 215 Greek students each year - around 190 master's or research students, and the remainder undergraduates. In January the London School of Economics Greek alumni organised an event at the residence of the British Ambassador in Athens, which more than 400 alumni attended - making it the largest LSE alumni group meeting in five years.
The post of Research Fellow is similar to that of a senior lecturer or associate professor.
3 March 2006