Past Research Projects

Over the years the Hellenic Observatory engaged in a number of research projects along the thematic lines and geographic focus defined by our strategic aims and mission. Past research projects associated with the Hellenic Observatory can be found here.


NBG Calls

National Bank of Greece Research Calls

Due to funding generously provided by the National Bank of Greece, the Hellenic Observatory announced 5 research calls between 2009-2015, which resulted in 13 projects that covered a broad spectrum of research topics with a focus on modern Greece. 

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A.N. Hadjiyiannis Research Fellowship on Contemporary Cyprus

Mr Andreas Hadjiyiannis' generous donation allowed the establishment of a Research Fellowship at the Hellenic Observatory on Contemporary Cyprus during 2012-2017. This was the first time that the Hellenic Observatory was able to offer fellowships for research on contemporary Cyprus and this achievement both complemented and expanded the HO’s mission in the area.

Other Past Projects

The local organizational development of far right parties in Greece and Europe

During his Fellowship Dr. Antonis Ellinas worked on a book-length project on why far rightparties thrive in some local settings but fail in others.The project aimed to establish a new research agenda by examining the subnationalorganizational development of far right parties in Greece and Europe. Whereas mostwork on far right parties examines electoral outcomes and compares far right partiesacross countries, this project asked why far right parties are able to grow organizationalroots in some local societies but not in others. Examining variation in theorganizational development of far right parties at the subnational level and using thesubnational comparative method, the project examined how electoral dynamics,organizational factors, institutional responses and societal reactions shape the localorganizational trajectories of far right parties.


‘Reframing Greece’s Russia Policy’. Application for the post of Visiting Senior Fellow


Dr. Panagiota Manoli during her Fellowship aimed at codifying the parameters of contemporary relations between Greece and Russia and to place Greek-Russian relations in the 21st century and within the context of change in European politics. Europe (and Greece) today faces a fundamental strategic choice on how to shape EU internal governance, how to deal with Russia and thus how to constitute the new European order. Greece’s Russian policy is examined through the above parameters. This project takes stock of the conventional explanations underpinning the material and cognitive basis of Greek-Russian affairs and then seeks to expose the power of structural determinants and changing dynamics marked in the European level as shapers of Greek-Russian relations. In doing so, the research attempts to reframe Greece’s Russian policy in a European context.


The gender effect of the crisis in Greece: old-age care, working decisions and the male-female gap


Dr Nikolitsa Lampropoulou during her Fellowship was working on the project “The gender effect of the crisis in Greece: old-age care, working decisions and the male-female gap”. She examined the effect of the economic crisis on the working decisions of females relative to males in terms of employment, unemployment, inactivity and hours of work. Moreover, she investigated the gender impact of the economic crisis on the working decisions in households with elderly parents.


Mapping the obstacles for institutional change in Greece


The main objective of Dr Irene Martin Cortes's research during her Fellowship was to map the different obstacles for institutional change in Greece during the period of the memoranda from 2010 onwards. The different sources of resistance will be classified along the typology internal/external and economic/political. In a second phase, a special emphasis will be given to obstacles related to electoral costs. On the side of domestic actors, these obstacles have to do with the avoidance of electoral risks. It can be hypothesized that the losers of reforms will be less likely to vote for those parties passing and implementing the reforms, or to withdraw from their constituency. This research tries to identify the self-perceived losers and winners of the reforms and the changes in their voting behavior. This requires observing the reforms adopted during this period and their effect on each social group, but also other factors that may have an influence on the vote such as the charisma of the political leaders, or the perceived alternatives. Donor countries have also had to face electoral challenges linked to their positions on the Greek bailout. There is some evidence that the electoral situation in each country has had an impact on the way and the moment in the conditions of the bailout were approved. In some cases, this has led to a lack of congruence between the objectives followed and the policies requested by the donors. In this case, we could talk about obstacles to reforms related to the electoral risks of donor countries.


The Political Economy of Privatisation Policies after the Economic Crisis in Greece


Dr Özgün Sarımehmet Duman with this research made an inquiry into privatisation as a critical policy tool for economic recovery after the economic crisis in Greece. It provides a concise background of the crisis, the state of the real economy and the financial market, and the measures introduced for economic recovery. It evaluates official documents and legal-institutional regulations. It claims that Greece has experienced a restructuring in its privatisation policy after the economic crisis. 


Implications of Privatisation Policies on the Greek Labour Market


This research by Dr Özgün Sarımehmet Duman focused on analysing how the extending scope of privatisation policies has changed the labour market structures and industrial relations towards further deregulation and flexibilisation in post-crisis Greece. It compares the levels of profitability in certain sectors. It assesses the hypothesis that the extending scope of privatisation policies has fundamentally changed the labour market structures and the nature of industrial relations towards further deregulation and flexibilisation.


Mobility of Highly-Skilled Individuals, Local Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activity



During her Fellowship at the Hellenic Observatory Dr Claire Economidou studied the different channels and mechanisms of knowledge diffusion and their impact on local innovation and entrepreneurship activity. She examined the importance of proximity, along with institutional and economic factors in shaping the international flows of highly skilled individuals. She specifically focused on patent inventors - a specific class of workers that belong to the upper tail of the skills distribution. She used empirical gravity models, derived from and consistent with an underlying micro-founded random utility model (Bertoli and Moraga, 2015) while importantly also accounting for recent innovations in the empirical literature, namely a high proportion of zeroes in the dependent variable and multilateral resistance to migration. Furthermore, using knowledge production functions, she examines the role of domestic and foreign-borrowed (via the moves of invetors) technological knowledge on a country’s innovation and entrepreneurship activity.


Integration and  Well-Being of  Syrian  Youth  in Turkey



Dr Rebecca Bryant is U.K. Principal Investigator of a 30-month collaborative research project, with Koç University in Istanbul, ‘Integration and Well-Being of Syrian Youth in Turkey’, funded by the Research Councils of the U.K. and the Turkish research council (TÜBİTAK). 
The project aims at assessing the needs of youth whose status has shifted from refugee to immigrant as a result of the prolonged conflict, and at developing concrete organisational and policy suggestions for social and economic integration. 

Imagined Sovereignties: Frontiers  of  Statehood  and  Globalisation


Dr Rebecca Bryant was co-investigator of a Norwegian Research Council-funded project that ethnographically investigated and compared three cases of sovereignty contests, Northeast India, Cyprus and the Basque country, exploring the changing conditions and spaces for exercising and demanding sovereignty in the contemporary world. The project resulted in a a book-length examination of Turkish Cypriot state building post-1974, 'De Facto Dreams: Building the So-Called State' (with Mete Hatay), to be published with University of Pennsylvania Press.

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Greek Prime Ministers and the Politics of the Core Executive


Prime Ministers in Greece cover

Professor Kevin Featherstone and Dimitris Papadimitriou (University of Manchester)  pursued a research project that examines how prime ministers in Greece have met the challenges of control and coordination of the government from the centre. This led to the book Prime Ministers in Greece: The Paradox of Power  published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

What  do  national  political  elites  think  about  the  European  Union  today? 



This external project, undertaken by Dr Dimitris Sotiropoulos (Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Athens) and Dr Ioannis Tsirbas (Social Research Methods and Political Communication, University of Athens) examined the case of members of the Greek Parliament, in the context of the forthcoming European Parliament elections of 2014. 

Research Grant: €3,000
Duration of Project: 1 Jan - 30 Sep 2014

A GreeSe paper was published by Dr Sotiropoulos and Dr Tsirbas at the end of the project: 'What do national political elites think about the European Union today? An exploratory analysis', no.93, July 2015.

A Reseach Seminar introduced the project to a wider audience in the European Institute, LSE on Tuesday 20 January 2015 - see photos and listen to a recording of the event here.


Greek Crisis in Global Media


Eye of the Cyclon

The Hellenic Observatory co-sponsored the project entitled ‘At the Eye of the Cyclone: The Greek Crisis in Global Media’ conducted by Dr Andreas Antoniades and his research team at the Athens Centre for International Political Economy. This research is now a chapter of the book: Greece's Horizons: Reflecting on the Country's Assets and Capabilities . 

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Greek Labour Market


People Walking

The project begun in March 2008 and was supported by the Greek Ministry of Economics and Finance. It was a two-legged project led by Professor Chris Pissaridis, Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis and Professor Kevin Featherstone.


Regionalism as a Developmental Strategy for Southeast Europe



With the support from the Hellenic Observatory's 'National Bank of Greece Research Fund on Southeast Europe', Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis embarked in 2007 on a research project that seeks to examine the relevance of regionalism for economic development in Southeast Europe.


The Muslim Minority of Thrace

Muslim Minority

The project begun in September 2006 and was funded for two years. It was led by Professor Kevin Featherstone (LSE) and Professor Dimitris Papadimitriou (Manchester) and supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK (Grant: AH/D502616/1).

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In 2007 the John S. Latsis Foundation announced its call for projects for research on Greece. The Hellenic Observatory's application, led by Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis, was one of ten successful bids and the only from a non-Greek institution.The project focuses on migrants in the island of Rhodes and explores (a) their experiences and perceptions of life on the island (b) the extent of social interactions, use of local public services and cohesion with the local residents and (c) the impact of migrants on the provision of local public services and on the local economy.

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Poverty in Greece


This was a project undertaken by 'ΚΑΠΑ Research' in Greece, to which the Hellenic Observatory offered advisory services on a consultancy basis.

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Adaptation process of the prospective new member states of the EU



This research project focused on facilitating the adaptation process of the prospective new member states of the EU (CEECs-Hungary, Poland) to the multi-level system of governance in the regional and environment policy areas.

The Balkan Reconstruction Observatory


The Balkan Observatory

The Balkan Reconstruction Observatory (BRO) was set up jointly by the Hellenic Observatory, the Centre for the Study of Global Governance (LSE) and the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (WIIW), which monitors developments in the region of Southeastern Europe and offers data, comments and analyses on the economic, political and security aspects of the region's reconstruction and integration into the European Union. The Balkan Reconstruction Observatory initiated its activities with a two-day brainstorming meeting on Reconstruction and Regional Co-operation in the Balkans, held in Vouliagmeni (Greece), 8-10 July 1999.

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