Key People


Dr. Roman Gerodimos is Founder of the GPSG and a Principal Lecturer in Global Current Affairs in the Media School at Bournemouth University. Roman’s background is in political science and international studies. He holds an MSc in Government (LSE) and a PhD in Political Communication (Bournemouth). His doctoral thesis examined online youth civic engagement in the UK, focusing on young users’ evaluations of NGO websites. It won the 2010 Arthur McDougall Fund Prize for the Best Dissertation in Elections, Electoral Systems or Representation by the UK’s Political Studies Association.
Roman’s current research projects focus on extremism and terrorism in Greece; the relationship between digital media, urban public space and civic culture; youth engagement with global current affairs; and the role of digital literacy in fostering civic responsibility and global citizenship. He is the co-editor of The Media, Political Participation and Empowerment (Routledge 2013) and The Politics of Extreme Austerity: Greece in the Eurozone Crisis (Palgrave 2015). He has published in scholarly journals such as Political Studies, Public Administration and Information, Communication & Society, and has contributed to many media and academic outlets internationally, while he is also available for consultancy work. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a faculty member at the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change.
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Dr. Andrew Liaropoulos is a Lecturer at the University of Piraeus, Department of International and European Studies. His research interests are: international security, strategy, intelligence, military transformation and foreign policy analysis. He has published articles in the Caucasian Review of International Affairs, Journal of International Security Affairs and Journal of Military History. Andrew Liaropoulos is also a member of the editorial board of the Caucasian Review of International Affairs. From 2005 to 2010 he served as Secretary of the Greek Politics Specialist Group.
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Executive Committee

Panel Convenor
Dr. Dimitris Tsarouhas is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University, Turkey. He has previously taught at the Middle East Technical University (METU) and is a graduate of The University of Sheffield (BA, PhD in Political Science) and the London School of Economics (MSc in European Political Economy).  He is the author of Social Democracy in Sweden: the Threat from a Globalized World (London and New York: IB Tauris, 2008) and co-editor of Bridging the Real Divide: Social and Regional Policy in Turkey’s EU Accession Process (Ankara: METU University Press 2007).
His research interests include progressive politics, welfare politics, Europeanization and European integration, Greek political economy and EU-Turkey relations. He has published on these issues in various journals, including in Public Administration, Social Politics, Social Policy & Administration, European Journal of Industrial Relations and Journal of South-eastern Europe and Black Sea Studies.
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Research Officer
Dr. Stella Ladi
joined Queen Mary, University of London as a senior lecturer in 2012.  She has been a lecturer of Europeanization and Public Policy at Panteion University since 2010.  She previously worked as a lecturer at University of Sheffield and University of Exeter.  She has also been a Research Fellow at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI).  She has acted as a public policy expert at the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of the Aegean, Greece.  In July 2002 she completed her PhD thesis at the University of York.  Her research interests include public policy and public administration reforms, Europeanization, global governance and the role of experts in public policy. Some of her latest publications are: Ladi, S. and Dalakou V. (2010), Public Policy Analysis, Athens: Papazisis (in Greek) and Ladi, S. (2011), “Policy Change and Soft Europeanization: The Transfer of the Ombudsman Institution to Greece, Cyprus and Malta”, Public Administration and Ladi, S. (2012) “Rival Hypotheses of Europeanization: Comparing the Roles of the EU and BSEC in Good Governance Reforms” in Th. Exadaktylos και C. Radaelli (eds), Research Design in European Studies, Palgrave.

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Dr. Georgios Karyotis
is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow, after holding posts in the Universities of Strathclyde and Edinburgh. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Edinburgh (2005), an MSc by Research from the same institution (2000), and a BA in ‘International and European Studies’ from Panteion University (1999). Dr Karyotis’ main research and teaching interests lie in the areas of international security theory, international relations, austerity politics and migration. His current focus is on the conceptual and methodological development of securitisation theory and on analysing voting and protest behaviour in the context of the economic crisis in Europe. His research has been published in top academic journals, including in the Journal of Peace Research, Political Studies, the British Journal of Political Science, International Political Sociology, Cooperation & Conflict, Electoral Studies, and Mobilization. He also has extensive media experience (TV, radio, press) and has received grants from the British Academy and the Carnegie Trust, among others.

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Dr. Vasilis Leontitsis is a University Teacher in European Studies at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield. He has previously worked as a research fellow at the Hellenic Observatory, LSE, and as a tutor at the Sheffield International College. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Sheffield (2010), an MA in International Political Economy from Warwick University (2001), and a BA in International and European Economic Studies from the Athens University of Economics and Business (2000). His predominant research interests lie in the spheres of European territorial politics and the EU. He has researched extensively Greek local government and especially the decentralisation process in the country. He has also researched and taught aspects of European Union politics; particularly issues related to the EU regional and environmental policies.
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Advisory Committee

Prof. Theodore Chadjipadelis is Professor of Applied Statistics at the Department of Political Sciences of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has participated in over 100 conferences in Greece and abroad. His main areas of research interest are: Electoral behavior, Electoral geography, Public opinion research methods, Political analysis, Urban and regional planning, Graph theory, Mathematics and Statistics Education, Social statistics, Social networks, Ecological inference, and e-Government. He has 60 publications in major statistical and political journals in Greece and abroad.  As a private consultant he has been involved in many major projects on statistics education, on social exclusion, on electoral behaviour, on urban and regional planning and innovation in Greece and abroad. He is involved in COST action IS0806 “the European Voter” as member of the managing committee, in the Comparative Candidate Survey as head of the Greek team and he is also involved as country collaborator in PIREDEU Collaborative Project (Capacities Programme). He is member of the board of the National Committee for the Reforms in Administration in Greece (Ministry of the Interior), member of the board of the Institute for Local Government (Greek Local Government Authorities) and member of the board of  Information Society S.A. (Ministry of the Interior).
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Prof. Antigone Lyberaki is Professor of Economics at Panteion University. She studied in Greece and the UK (IDS, Sussex) and has taught in Greece, US and France. She is an elected member of the Council of Panteion. She was also a member of the Governing Board of the University of Sterea Ellada. She is currently serving (since 2012) as Chair of the Scientific Board of the National School of Public Administration. She has published extensively in the fields of small firms, employment, gender, ageing and migration, and is a frequent contributor to public policy debates on macroeconomic and structural policies. She is the author of eight books and numerous journal articles. In recent years she has written a number of Reports on Gender and the Crisis, for European organisations and the UN. She coordinated three Greek National Action Plans for Employment (2001-03) and is Country Team Leader for SHARE (Survey on Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe). She has served on the Board of Action Aid Hellas. She was on the board of various think-tanks over the years. Since 2012 she has been active in the politics of the liberal centre.
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Dr. Ioannis Andreadis is a Lecturer at the Department of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He teaches the following courses: Mathematics for political sciences, Social Statistics, Spatial Electoral Analysis (using Ecological Inference), and Quantitative Methods for Political Sciences (postgraduate). His research areas are: Electoral behaviour, Electoral geography, Public opinion research methods, Political analysis, Graph theory, Social statistics, Social networks, Ecological inference, and IT & politics. He has co-authored (with Prof. Theodore Chadjipadelis) the book “Mathematics for Political Sciences”, Ziti Publications, Thessaloniki, 2005. He is the author of several articles published in scientific journals and conference proceedings. For a more detailed CV please visit
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Dr. Theofanis Exadaktylos is a Lecturer in European Politics at the University of Surrey. He previously worked at the University of Exeter where he completed his PhD in Politics. He holds an MSc in the political economy of European integration (LSE), and a BA in economics and international relations (Tufts University). His previous work includes the political economy of transition and the impact of EU enlargement on the national foreign policy of the member states. Current research interests include Europeanization of foreign policy, politics of austerity, issues of policy implementation and political trust, the impact of the current Eurozone crisis on the rise of populism. He recently co-edited a book with Claudio Radaell on Research Methods in European Studies: Research Design in Europeanization (Palgrave Macmillan, April 2012).
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Dr. Vassiliki Georgiadou is Associate Professor of Political Science at Panteion University, Αthens. She holds a PhD from the University of Münster (Germany). Her research interests focus on far right parties, political extremism and populism in Greece and Europe. She is the author, among others, of Non-capitalist Aspects of Development in Greece in the 19th Century (1991, in German) and of The Far Right and the Consequences of Consensus (2008, in Greek). She is working on a project on the rise of right-wing extremism in the city of Athens and she is participating in the European research program “Designing & Operating an Infrastructure for the Empirical Inquiry of Political & Social Radicalism in Greece”. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Science and Society: Journal of Political and Moral Theory, Secretary General of the Hellenic Political Science Association (2010-2012) and a member of the board of directors of the Centre for Political Research at Panteion University.
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Dr. Manto Lampropoulou holds a PhD in Political Science and Public Administration from the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens. Her doctoral thesis is entitled “Reforming the Public Sector: Privatization, Public Interest and Citizens” and was supervised by Prof. C. Spanou. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Operational Research and Marketing (Athens University of Economics and Business), a second Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration (Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences) and an MSc in State and Public Policy (National and Kapodestrian University of Athens). She is a graduate of the National School of Public Administration. She has worked for the Hellenic Manpower Employment Organization (OAED), the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior (current occupation). Her research interests focus on public policy, state reform, privatization, public administration and state-citizens relationship. She worked as a researcher at the European Governance programme of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Athens (2011-2012) and she is currently conducting research on public sector reform at the University of Peloponnese. Manto’s paper on the privatization of public utilities won the 2009 GPSG Young Researchers Prize.
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Dr. Athanassios N. Samaras is a Lecturer in International Political Communication at the Department of International and European Studies, University of Piraeus. He holds a Ph.D. in political communication from Sussex University (Brighton, UK), an M.A. in applied political communication from Emerson College (Boston USA) an M.A. in communication policy from City University (London, UK) and a B.A. in economics from the University of Piraeus (Greece). His main area of interest is international political communication, political advertising, political marketing, news analysis, frame theory and home front management. He has conducted research for the Hellenic Audiovisual Institute, Institute of Defence Analysis, Institute of Mediterranean Studies, and the University Research Institute of Applied Communication. He is the author of the book Television Political Advertising: A Quantitative Research Study on Greece (in Greek), 12 journal articles and book chapters and has delivered 50 presentations at conferences. He has conducted political campaigns in Greece and Cyprus.
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Dr. Chrisanthos Tassis holds a PhD in Political Science from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His PhD thesis was entitled “PASOK 1974-1996: the building of a hegemonic political party” and was supervised by Prof. M. Spourdalakis. His research interests include political science, party politics, political theory, European politics and economic policy. He is also a member of the Hellenic Political Studies Association and the Economic Chamber of Greece. He is currently teaching Political Parties at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Peloponnese.

Dr. Sotiris Zartaloudis is a Lecturer in Politics at Politics, History and International Relations at Loughborough University since September 2013. Previously, he was Lecturer in International Politics at Politics, University of Manchester. Sotiris’ research interests include Europeanization, public policy, welfare reforms, and the impact of the financial crisis on national social policy and politics. He has extensive teaching experience in comparative European politics and the European Union (history, institutions, policy-making and politics), British politics and international political economy (varieties of capitalism and welfare states) at undergraduate and postgraduate level. More info
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Dora Giannaki is a political scientist and youth expert. She holds a first degree in Political Science and History from Panteion University and a Master’s degree in Political Theory from Essex University. She is currently conducting doctoral research on the History of European Youth Policies at the University of London. She has worked, as Special Advisor, at the Greek General Secretariat for Youth and, as Research Associate, at the National Accreditation Centre for Continuing Vocational Training. Dora has been a correspondent for Greece at the European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy for two years and has taken part in a variety of European research projects on youth. She is co-author of ‘The Socio-economic Scope of Youth Work in Europe’ (2007), a study commissioned by the Youth Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe []. Her research interests include social history of youth, European youth policies, social democracy and education & lifelong learning policies. Since October 2009, Dora is working as Research Associate at the Hellenic Parliament and Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Citizen Protection.
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Lamprini Rori is a political communications expert, drawing her experience form both the French private sector (AgenceVerte, Paris) and the Greek government (General Secretary for Press and Mass Media, Cabinet of the Minister for Citizen Protection & the Minister for Regional Competitiveness and Development). She studied International and European Studies at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. She holds a MA in Political Sociology and Public Policy from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris) and a MA in Political and Social Communications from Paris I University (Panthéon-Sorbonne). She is currently finishing a PhD thesis on comparative politics at the University of Paris I. Her subject focuses on party change process by the means of political communications in the Greek and the French socialist party. During the last three years she has been working as a researcher in a collective project on the rise of right-wing extremism in the city of Athens. She is also participating in an EU project on “Designing & Operating an Infrastructure for the Empirical Inquiry of Political & Social Radicalism in Greece”. She has published various articles and chapters in collective editions. Her publications have appeared, among others, in Party Politics, West European Politics, Pôle Sud, Memoria e Ricerca, Journal of Political Marketing and Cahiers de la Méditerranée. She is interested in party politics, party organizations, right-wing extremism, radicalism, right-wing movements, political communication and media effects.



Ana Alania is a final year Communication and Media student at Bournemouth University and a graduate of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. She has a particular interest in digital technologies, media and public relations and social media. Her recent thesis explored users’ motivations for producing user-generated content across Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. ​

Auguste Janutaite is a final year Communication and Media student at Bournemouth University and a graduate of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change.


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