Key People


Georgios KaryotisDr Georgios Karyotis is Senior Lecturer and PGT Director 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). Georgios’ main research and teaching interests lie in the areas of international security theory, international relations, austerity politics and migration. He is currently the Principal Investigator on an ESRC/AHRC-funded project on the skills and aspirations of young Syrian refugees and the corresponding attitudes of host populations in Greece, Lebanon and the UK (see His other main preoccupation concerns the study of political behaviour (protest and voting) in Greece, in the context of the Eurozone crisis (see 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, South European Society and Politics, Political Studies Review, and Mobilization. Georgios has served in the GPSG Executive Committee since 2010 and co-edited (with Roman Gerodimos) the book The Politics of Extreme Austerity: Greece in the Eurozone Crisis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). 

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141229-Al-Jazeera-Stella-LadiDr. Stella Ladi is a Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and an assistant professor at Panteion University in Athens. 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 the Eurozone crisis, public policy and public administration reforms, Europeanization, global governance and the role of experts in public policy. She has published in journals such as Regulation & Governance, Public Administration, West European Politics, New Political Economy, Comparative European Politics and Political Studies Review.

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Executive Committee

Dr. Dimitris Tsarouhas is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University, Turkey. From 2012 to 2015 he was Jean Monnet Chair in EU Politics. He has previously taught at Middle East Technical University (METU) and has been a J. Costopoulos Junior Research Fellow at Istanbul Bilgi University and Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. He is currently a Scientific Council member of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) in Brussels, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the South East European Research Centre, CITY College / The University of Sheffield. He is the author of Social Democracy in Sweden: the Threat from a Globalized World (London and New York: IB Tauris, 2008), co-editor of Bridging the Real Divide: Social and Regional Policy in Turkey’s EU Accession Process (METU Press 2007) and author of numerous book chapters and journal articles on European Politics, European Public Policy and Greek-Turkish Relations. His work has appeared inter alia in journals such as New Political Economy, Public Administration, Social Politics, Political Studies Review, Social Policy & Administration, Armed Forces & Society, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies.

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Internal Communications Officer
Dr. Vasilis Leontitsis
 is a lecturer in Globalization Studies at the University of Brighton. He has previously worked at the University of Sheffield and the London School of Economics (LSE). 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 globalization, the EU and Greek politics. He has published on decentralization in Greece, the EU environmental policy and the process of Europeanization. He has also commented extensively in the national and global media.

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Treasurer & Membership Officer
Dr. Vasiliki Tsagkroni is a Lecturer at Leiden University at the Institute of Political Science.  She completed her PhD in politics at Queen Mary, University of London. Her area of research is political communication and the use of marketing and branding in politics, focusing on the interaction between communication strategies and political parties. Her main research interests include political marketing and branding, political communication and social media, populism, comparative politics and research methods. Her work has been published in journals as Party Politics and British Journal of Politics and International Relations and numerous edited books.

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Press & Media
Dr. Lamprini Rori
is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Exeter. She has previously been a Leventis Fellow in Modern Greek Studies at the University of Oxford and a Marie Curie (IE) Fellow at Bournemouth University. Her current research focuses on radicalisation, right-wing extremism, radicalism, the role of emotions in political behaviour, traditional and social media effects. She holds a Ph.D in Political Science from Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her thesis “Les organisations partisanes à la lumière de la professionnalisation de la communication politique: une présidentialisation inachevée. Analyse comparative du Parti socialiste français et du Mouvement socialiste grec” examined how the professionalization of political communication affected the organizational change of socialist parties in Europe and most particularly in France and Greece from mid-1970s to 2012. Lamprini also holds an MA in Political Sociology and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris and an MA in Political and Social Communications from Paris I University. She has worked for research projects on political behaviour in crisis-ridden Greece and the Greek diaspora. Before joining academia, Lamprini was a political communications expert, drawing her experience form both the French private sector (Agence Verte, 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 has published extensively on Greek elections and parties and the rise of right-wing extremism. Her articles appear, among others, in Party Politics, West European Politics, Pôle Sud.

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Publications Officer
Dr Panagiota Manoli 
is Assistant Professor in International Political Economy at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean and Head of the Programme in Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies at the Hellenic Foundation of European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). She has been Visiting Professor at the European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh (2016), Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Southeast Europe Project), Washington D.C. (2010) and Director of Studies and Research at the International Center for Black Sea Studies – ICBSS (Athens, 2005-2009). Between 2000 and 2004 she was the Secretary of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (Istanbul). She is an Associate Editor of the Journal Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (Routledge/Taylor and Francis). Her research interests and publications focus on comparative regionalism, security and development, European Neighborhood and Black Sea politics. She is the author of The Dynamics of Black Sea Regionalism (Ashgate, 2013) and editor of the Aftermath of the Ukrainian Crisis (Routledge, 2016).


Impact & Policy Officer
Dr Dimitris Skleparis is Research Associate at the University of Glasgow. He is currently working on “Building Futures: Aspirations of Syrian Youth Refugees and Host Population Responses in Lebanon, Greece & the UK” research project. He received his PhD in Political Science from Queen Mary University of London (2015) with a specialisation in the securitisation of migration and the politics of migrant resistance in Greece. He also holds an MSc in Social Science Research Methods from the University of Bristol (2009), and a BA in Communication and Media from the University of Athens (2008). He has previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), as well as a Teaching Assistant at Queen Mary University of London. He has published in a range of international peer-reviewed journals, and has contributed to various edited books, research project reports, and policy briefs. His research focuses on migration/refugee studies, critical approaches to security, migrant/refugee political behaviour, and politically and religiously motivated radicalisation, and combines both quantitative and qualitative methods. Dimitris has considerable media and consultancy experience. He is currently a member of Yasar University UNESCO Chair on International Migration (2016-2020).

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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. Roman Gerodimos is Founder of the GPSG and 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), and the director and producer of the short films At the Edge of the Present (2015) and A Certain Type of Freedom (2015). He has published in scholarly journals such as Political Studies, Public Administration, Information, Communication & Society, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 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. 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 Eirini Karamouzi is a Lecturer of Contemporary History at the University of Sheffield. She has held fellowships at Yale, EUI, LSE and Oxford. Her first monograph was on Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979. The Second Enlargement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and she is currently co-editing a volume on the Balkans in the Cold War. She has published on issues of democratic identity, enlargement and history of european integration. Her current project investigates the relationship between state and civl society in post-authoritarian Greece by looking at the rise of peace movements.

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. Andrew N. Liaropoulos is Assistant Professor at the University of Piraeus, Department of International and European Studies, Greece. He also teaches in the Joint Staff War College, the Joint Military Intelligence College, the National Security College, the Air War College and the Naval Staff Command College. He earned his Master’s Degree in Intelligence and Strategic Studies at Aberystwyth University and his Doctorate Diploma at Swansea University. His research interests include international security, intelligence reform, strategy, military transformation, foreign policy analysis, cyber security and Greek security policy. Dr. Liaropoulos is also a senior analyst in the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS), the assistant editor of the Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence (JMBI) and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Information Warfare (JIW).
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Dr. Zoe Lefkofridi is Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Salzburg and elected member of the steering committee of the Austrian Political Science Association (ÖGPW). Previously, she was a Jean Monnet Fellow and Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, a Research Associate at the Institute for European Integration Research (EIF) and the Department of Methods in the Social Sciences (MeSoS) at the University of Vienna as well as a visiting post-doctoral researcher at Stanford University and the GESIS-EUROLAB. Zoe studied at the College of Europe, Bruges, the Diplomatic Academy and the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna as well as the Universities of Athens and Vienna. Her research and teaching focus on democracy, representation, European integration, and the relationship between social, economic and political inequalities in Europe (e.g. gender, migration, income). Her work appears in European Political Science Review, European Union Politics, West European Politics and Comparative European Politics, among others.
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Dr. Takis S. Pappas (PhD Yale ‘95) is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, and recurring Visting Professor at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. In the past, he held teaching and research positions at the University of Athens, Yale University, Princeton University, the European University Institute in Florence, the University of Luxembourg, the University of Strasbourg, the University of Oslo, and the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in Germany. He recently authored Populism and Crisis Politics in Greece (Palgrave 2014), which was also translated in Greek, and co-edited, with H. Kriesi, European Populism in the Shadow of the Great Recession (ECPR Press 2015). His work has appeared in American Behavioral Scientist, Comparative Political Studies, Government and Opposition, Journal of Democracy, Party Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica, West European Politics, and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia among others. He currently works on a new book project under the tentative title Modern Populism: A Framework for Analysis. Takis is currently based in Strasbourg, France, where he lives with his wife, two children and their cat.
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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 Lecturer in Politics at Department of Political Science and International Studies at Birmingham University. Previously, he was Lecturer in Politics at Loughborough University and 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.
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Dora Giannaki is a Political Scientist, Researcher, Consultant and Trainer. She holds a first degree in Political Science from Panteion University, a Master’s degree in Political Theory from Essex University and a Master’s degree in Security & Justice from the University of Leeds. She has worked as Special Advisor at the Greek General Secretariat for Youth, as Research Associate at the National Accreditation Centre for Continuing Vocational Training, as Policy Advisor – Research Associate at the Hellenic Parliament and as National Correspondent for Greece at the European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy (European Commission – Council of Europe Youth Partnership). Dora has taken part in a variety of European Programmes on Youth, as well as in programmes on Intercultural Education and Human Rights (with an emphasis on the training of personnel in law enforcement agencies). Her main publications include: ‘The Socio-economic scope of Youth Work in Europe’ (co-authored, 2007), a study commissioned by the Youth Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe; ‘Youth Under Siege: An Interpretation of Youth Riots in Britain and Greece’ [in German] (in Jugendpolitik, Nr. 2/2012); ‘Youth Work in Greece: A Historical Overview’ (in The History of Youth Work in Europe – Volume 4 – Relevance for Today’s Youth Work Policy, Council of Europe Publishing, 2014); ‘Youth Policy in Greece and the Current Economic and Political Crisis’ (with Yannis Pechtelidis, in Autonomie Locali e Servizi Sociali, April 2015); ‘Youth Research in Greece’ [in German] (International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany, December 2015); and, ‘Intercultural Challenges for Police Organizations’ [in Greek] (in Greek Police Review, December 2015). Since March 2015, Dora has been appointed as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Security Studies at the Hellenic Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction.
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Previous Interns

Ana Alania is a graduate from Bournemouth University with 1st Class Honours in Communication and Media. She won the Havas Media Award for the Best Students in Advertising. She is also a graduate of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. She has a particular interest in content development, branding, advertising, as well as international relations. Her thesis explored users’ motivations for producing user-generated content across Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. ​Ana supported the GPSG’s publications, outreach and events from April 2014 to October 2015.

Sofie Edlund is a bilingual final year undergraduate from Bournemouth University enrolled in BA (Hons) Communication and Media. She is currently writing her thesis on radical social media use, and is particularly interested in social media’s role in civic engagement, digital literacy, and research career opportunities. She has recently been awarded funding by the Centre for Excellence in Learning for a research project on the media representations of midwives, and has been appointed as an Undergraduate Research Assistant working on the Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy project. She has been supporting the GPSG’s publications, outreach and events since October 2015.

Auguste Janutaite is a bilingual graduate from Bournemouth University with 1st Class Honours in Communication & Media. In 2014 she won the Vice Chancellor’s Undergraduate Prize for the most outstanding student performance at BU, and the Havas Media Award for the Best Students in Advertising. She is also a graduate of the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change. Having completed her research into users’ attitudes towards advertisements on Facebook’s mobile app, she is particularly interested in advertising, insights or research carreer opportunities. Auguste supported the GPSG’s publications, outreach and events from April 2014 to October 2015.

Want to get more actively involved with the Group while gaining valuable skills and work experience? We are always looking for talented students, graduates and junior researchers to join our team and support our work, so if you’re interested do drop us a line.


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