Kira Gartzou-Katsouyanni is a PhD candidate at the European Institute. Her doctoral research focuses on the political economy of local development in countries with fragmented land and business ownership. Specifically, the question that her project addresses is: under what conditions can economic actors in the Greek and Southern Italian agri-food and tourism sectors overcome collective action problems in order to achieve productive synergies? Kira is also a co-author of “The Greco-German Affair in the Euro Crisis: Mutual Recognition Lost?” (Palgrave Pivot, 2018). Moreover, she is involved in a collaborative research project at the LSE on “Debating Brexit at a Local Level”. Within the framework of that project, she is the lead researcher for the Mansfield case study.
Kira holds an MA in International Relations & International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA in History & Politics from New College, Oxford. Before going to LSE, she worked for a year at the European Commission in Brussels and Athens, focusing on the operational implementation of the EU’s migration policy in Greece.