Researchers

Asteris Huliaras, the Project Coordinator,  is Professor of Comparative Politics and International Relations in the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Peloponnese. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Hull (1990). He specializes in North-South relations, international development assistance, NGOs, African politics and foreign policy analysis. His articles have been published in Asia- Europe JournalAfrican Affairs, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Défense Nationale, Geopolitics, Global Society, International Journal, The Journal of Contemporary African Studies, The Journal of Modern African Studies, The Journal of North African Studies,  The Round Table, Southeast Europe, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies etc. He has also a long record of advising government and international organizations on public policy and has evaluated humanitarian and development projects for several state and transnational bodies (for a detailed CV see http://asterishuliaras.wordpress.com).

Dimitris Bourantonis is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Department of International and European Economic Studies, at the Athens University of Economics and Business. He holds a Ph.D from the University of Reading, UK, Dept. of Politics. His current research interests are in international and European institutions with emphasis on the UN and the EU. He has co-authored a book on “Chairing Multilateral Negotiations: the Case of the United Nations” (Routledge, 2011) and co-edited “The EU Presence in International Organizations” (Routledge, 2010). Other recent publications include an authored book on “The History and Politics of the UN Security Council Reform” (Routledge, 2005) and a co-edited volume on “Multilateralism and Security Institution in an Era of Globalization” (Routledge 2008) as well as contributions to edited volumes. His work has appeared in various refereed journals including the Review of International Studies, Journal of Common Market Studies, PoliticsJournal of Communist Studies and TransitionPolitics, Contemporary Security Policy, Security DialogueInternational PoliticsEuropean Foreign Affairs ReviewDiplomacy and StatecraftContemporary British HistoryInternational PeacekeepingInternational History ReviewSecurity Dialogue, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy , Cambridge Journal of International Affairs, etc. He is expected to provide significant assistance to the political economy related evaluation criteria used against Greek NGOs.  

Constantine A. Bourlakis is an Associate Professor of Microeconomics in the Department of Business Administration, Athens University of Economics and Business,Greece. He obtained his first degree in Economics and Statistics in the Department of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business,Greece. Subsequently he completed an M.A. in Economic Studies (by Advanced Research) at theUniversity ofNewcastle upon Tyne (UK), and a PhD at the University of East Anglia (UK), and his PhD Thesis had the title: «Profits and Market Power in Greek Manufacturing Industries». He worked as a Research Associate at the University of Warwick (UK), as a Lecturer in Industrial Economics at the University of Leeds (UK), as a Lecturer in Business Economics at the University of Edinburgh (UK) and as a Lecturer in Management Economics at the University of Leicester (UK). His main research interests lie in the broad areas of applied microeconomics, industrial economics and business strategy, and political economy.

Jennifer Clarke is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of the Peloponnese. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kent at Canterbury. Her thesis title was “The education and training role of Refugee Community Organisations” and has professional experience of working with a number of NGOs in Greece and abroad. She has published in international journals and is a permanent resident of Greece. Her research is on studying the organised civil society in Greece.

Pavlos-Marinos Delladetsimas is Associate Professor in the Departmetn of Geography, Harokopio University of Athens. He holds a Diploma in Development Planning and a Master of Philosophy in Town Planning from the University College London as well as a Ph.D from the National Technical University of Athens. He has extensive experience on research programs through his participation in more than 11 research initiatives. In particular, he has acted as the Scientific Coordinator on the Research Program “Database Design-Development and System Support for the Rehabilitation of Areas affected from earthquakes following the earthquake in Athens on 07.09.1999” (2003), the Research Program “Update on Urban and Housing cartographic community with the use of satellite imagery” (2004), the Research Program (Greek representative) “COHERA Regions of Knowledge”, DG Research (2006) and the Research Program LOCCATEC, IST Programme of the European Commission, involving the Joint Research Centre of the EU and seven organizations from three European countries (2007). 

Christos A. Frangonikolopoulos is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He also teaches at the Greek Open University. In the past, he has worked as a diplomatic newspaper correspondent (Ependitis, 1995-2003) and was an advisor to the Greek Parliament (1997-2003). In 2004-05 he also worked for ET3/ public television, and was responsible for the research and presentation of ten (10) hourly documentaries on Greek Civil Society. He was born in South Africa in 1965, studied Politics and Government (BA Honours) and International Relations (PhD) at the University of Kent at Canterbury (England). In Greece, he is the author of the book The Global Role of Non-Governmental Organizations (I. Sideris, 2007) and co-author of the following books: Greek Media and Foreign Policy (Ι. Sideris, 2011), An Introduction to Cosmopolitan Democracy (I. Sideris, 2010), The Resolution of International Conflicts (I. Sideris 1994). He is also editor of Media and Society in Greece (I. Sideris, 2005), co-editor of Functions and Roles of Greek Foreign Policy (I. Sideris 1994), Transnational Celebrity Activism: Changing the World?, (London, Intellect 2011). In Greece and abroad he has published over 40 chapters in edited volumes and articles in journals (such as Global Society, Paradigms, The Round Table, Nordicom, Etudes Helleniques, Zitimata Epikinonias, Greek Review of Political Science, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Journal of Media and Cultural Politics).

Konstantinos D Magliveras is Professor of the Law of International Organizations at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece. He holds a D.Phil from Oxford University in Public International Law. His research interests cover the areas of international institutions, including African multilateral organisations; transnational migration and trafficking in human beings; international and regional human rights (with emphasis in Africa and the Arab/Islamic region); and international criminal law. He has published extensively in these areas. His work has appeared, inter alia, in the International & Comparative Law Quarterly, in theEuropean Law Review, in the Nordic Journal of International Law, in the Netherlands Journal of International Law, in International Organizations Law Review, in the African Yearbook of International Law and in International Human Rights Law Review.

Apostolos Papadopoulos has studied sociology in Greece (B.Sc. Department of Sociology, Panteion University, 1987) and in the UK (M.Sc., Department of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1989), and holds a DPhil in Geography (University of Sussex, 1994). He has been a lecturer in the University of Ioannina and currently he is an associate professor in the Department of Geography, Harokopio University of Athens. He has worked as a senior researcher and/or project leader in numerous research programmes financed by the European Commission, the McArthur Foundation (USA) and the Greek State. During 2009, he undertook the role of the Project Coordinator of a research project leading to the formulation of Guide of NGOs and Immigrant Associations: Registry of Institutions which are active in Greece while currently he is coordinating a two-year research project entitled: “Exploring the Integration Opportunities and Prospects of African Immigrants into the Greek Society”, which is financed by the Greek Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs. He has published a large number of papers in international journals (Environment and Planning C, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Rural Cooperation, Méditerranée, Sociologia Ruralis), in Greek academic journals (Greek Review of Social Research, Geographies), collected volumes and conference proceedings. He has edited or co-edited six books (two of them were published by Ashgate Publishers in 1999 and 2010) and coauthored one book on Greek farming women. His research has mainly focused on the following themes: rural development, rural immigration, rural transformation, local labour markets, sociology and geography of agriculture, local food, Southern European countryside, Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Less Favoured Areas, women farmers, migrants’ integration in local societies, NGOs and immigrant associations.

Marilena Simiti is Assistant Professor of Political Sociology at the Department of International and European Studies,University ofPiraeus. She holds a Master of Arts fromColumbiaUniversity and a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has been a member of the editorial Board of Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans and of the Advisory Body of CONCORD (European Non Governmental Confederation for Relief and Development,Brussels). As a member of the Advisory Body she has published an article on the subject of the research proposal (“The Debate on Non Governmental Organizations’ Accountability”, CONCORD Flash –Monthly Bulletin, no. 43, 2007). She is a member of the Greek Political Science Association and participates at theContentious Politics Circle (PanteionUniversity,Athens). She has participated in multiple international Conferences presenting papers on Non Governmental Organizations, Alternative Modes of Political Participation, New Social Movements and Riots. Her research interests include alternative meanings of the concept ‘civil society’, Non Governmental Organizations, Social Movements and Feminism.

Dimitri Sotiropoulos is associate professor of political science at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Athens and Senior Research Fellow of the think-tank ELIAMEP, based in Athens. Dr. Sotiropoulos has studied law, sociology and political science in Athens, London and New Haven, CT (Yale Ph.D. 1991). His publications include the volumes Is South-Eastern Europe Doomed to Instability?, (co-edited with Thanos Veremis), London: Frank Cass , 2002 and  Democracy and the State in the New Southern Europe (co-edited with Richard Gunther and P. Nikiforos Diamandouros), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. In 2003 he was Senior Research Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory of the LSE and in 2009-2010 Visiting Fellow in South East European Studies at the Centre for European Studies, St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He has also published articles on democratization, civil society, public administration and social policy on Greece, Southern Europe and the Balkans in international journals (European Journal of Social Policy, Social Policy and Administration, West European Politics, South European Society and Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, South East European and Black Sea Studies).

Alexandra Tragaki is Assistant Professor in Demography Economics, Department of Geography atHarokopioUniversity inAthens. She received her Bachelor Degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Athens (1992), her Masters (1993) and PhD (1997) in Demography Economics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris (Sciences Po). She has worked as a specialist on Social Security issues at the Foundation for the Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) during the years 1998-2000, and has been a member of the Research and Economic Analysis Unit of the Council of Economic Advisers (2000-2002). She has participated, as permanent member, in the Greek delegation to the Economic Policy Committee of the European Union, during the years 2000-2002. She is involved in committees of specialists and in a number of projects. Her field of expertise comprises the economic impact of demographic changes, economic policy issues with emphasis on Social security, labour market developments and statistical analysis.

Nikolaos Tzifakis is Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Peloponnese. He holds an MA with distinction in International Relations and Strategic Studies (1997) and a PhD in International Relations from Lancaster University, UK (2002). He has been a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – with a grant by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) – in the Centre for Political Research and Documentation (KEPET) of the University of Crete (2005-2006). He has taught as Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Political Science of the University of Crete (2004-2008), the Department of Geography of the Harokopion University of Athens (2007-2008), the School of Humanities of the Hellenic Open University (2009 to present) and the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (2007-2010). His research interests include international relations theory, EU external policies, and contemporary developments in the Balkans. Recent publications include, among others, articles in international peer-reviewed journals such as Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Ethnopolitics, European Foreign Affairs Review, European View, Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, Problems of Communism,  etc. In 2008, he was awarded the Marcel Cadieux Distinguished Writing Award for his co-authored article with Professor Asteris Huliaras in International Journal.

Alex Afouxenidis studied Sociology at theUniversity of Newcastle upon Tyne (1983-1986). In 1989 received his PhD from Durham University. From 1996 to 1999 he taught Political Sociology, Qualitative Methods of Research & European Integration at the Department of Geography of theAegeanUniversity.  Since 2002, he has taught Human Geography and European Material Culture at the Hellenic Open University. He has taken part in several European research programmes. Until recently he was Chief Researcher of the Geographic Euro-Mediterranean Research Unit at the Hellenic Open University and he is now working as Researcher at the National Centre for Social Research inAthens.

Tzanetos Antypas (Social Worker, MSc Health Management and Phd candidate inPanteionUniversity/ Social Policy dpt) has a sixteen year experience in planning, programming, managing and implementing various initiatives and projects withinGreece and abroad inEurope and developing countries. He has coordinated and supervised a wide range of health and social work projects, while he served as Head of Delegations in many emergency and crisis situations in countries requiring emergency aid as a result of physical catastrophes. His record of project implementation includes countries likeArmenia,Georgia,Serbia,Zambia,Malawi,Palestine,Russia,Ethiopia,Kosovo,Turkey, where he has worked as project manager and as Director of Operations in the international NGO Medicines Sans Frontiers/ Greek Section.In Greece and under his current position in the NGO PRAKSIS, as AC President & General Director, he is responsible for the management of the organization, the scientific supervision of the projects, the formulation of communication strategy / fundraising, as well as the supervision of financial issues. His responsibilities also include communicating with the donors in all stages of project implementation and the connection of the organization with the Board of Directors. Moreover, he has an extended experience in managing human resources and dealing with donors in national and international level. In addition, Tzanetos Antypas is:  a. Vice President in the Greek network against Poverty, b. vice president of the Hellenic Federation of  Voluntary and Non Governmental Organization, c. vice president of the Non Governmental organization “GoingArt”, d. member of the administration council of the networking FEANTSA (for homeless in Greece), e. member of the steering committee for Hiv in Greece f. member of the Hellenic network of Managers for Health and g. Member of the administration council of the Non Governmental Organization “Movement of Citizens for an Open Society”.

 Katerina Giannakopoulou is the co-founder (1996) and president(1998-now )of the Panhellenic Association of Adapted Sports and Cultural Activities for children with learning disabilities, mental retardation and autism. She is also the founder and General Secretary of the Athletic Association of Adapted activities “Protoporoi”(2001-now ). She has a bachelor degree in the field of physical education (1992, University of Athens) and a master degree in the field of Special Education. She has served as a member of the Hellenic Paralympic Committee (2003) and she has been reelected as a treasurer of the Executive Board of the Hellenic Paralympic Committee (2005). In 2006 Katerina Giannakopoulou has served as a chief of the Hellenic Paralympics team in Torino, Italy. She has also been a member of the Hellenic Paralympics Team as a deputy chief (Beijing 2008). In 2005 she was the advisor of the President of the Youth and Sport Organization in the municipality of Athens and in charge for the project “MAZI”. She has served as a President of the Hellenic NGO Federation for 3 consequent years and now she is a member of the board. She has also been a member of the Panhellenic  Athletic Feminine Association “Kallipatira”). She is the qualified scientific advisor and manager of the day care centerALMA for children and adolescents with learning disabilities and autism (2008- now). Katerina Giannakopoulou is a member of the Greek Special Permanent Committee on Institutions and Transparency for the NGO’s and also a member of the committee “ERGO POLITON” that works in the field of transparency for the NGO’s.

Eleni Kyrou is a Social development planner with a background in international development and urban development policy, planning and research and more than a decade of working experience in international development, training and research, with a particular focus on Asia (India, Indonesia), Africa (Ghana, Ethiopia, Mozambique), Latin America (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Brazil), the Balkans (Kosovo, Serbia, FYROM), the Middle East (Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine). She holds an BA in Development Economics from theSchool ofOriental and African Studies (SOAS),University ofLondon and an MSc in Urban Development Planning from the Development Planning Unit, University College London,University ofLondon. She has worked predominantly with academic institutions, international agencies and civil society organisations in the context of social development; urban development planning; urban poverty; gender planning; urban governance; humanitarian relief aid and postconflict reconstruction and rehabilitation. Eleni has acted as Scientific Coordinator, Women’s Employment Centre, YWCA – Greece (2003-2004) as well as Senior Advisor, European Programmes Unit, ARSIS Association for the Social Support of Youth, Greece (2003-2004). She has been a Lecturer at the Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London, UK while she is currently (since August 2010) working as a Social Development Specialist with the European Investment Bank.

Sotiris Petropoulos. Sotiris Petropoulos is a researcher specializing on International Political Economy. He has worked significantly on developing world politics, emphasizing on regional integration initiatives. Additionally, he is member of Ernst & Young’s EU and International Donors Team inAthens focusing on international donor’s funding to developing countries. Furthermore, he has been responsible for the project management of several EU and World Bank funded projects acrossSoutheast Europe. More recently, Dr. Petropoulos has been a core member of a team advising the EIB on the implementation of the JESSICA Initiative inGreece.

Charalambos Tsardanidis (Ph.D London School of Economics and Political Science,1983)  is Director of the Institute of International Economic Relations. He has been elected recently as Associate Professor at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, Aegean University. He is also visiting Professor at the American University College, Skopje. He teaches at the Diplomatic Academy of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Public Administration School and the Hellenic Open University. Author of ten books and co-editor of eight.  He has published more than eighty  scientific articles in  edited volumes and in scientific  journals including  European Review of Foreign Affairs, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Integration, Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Journal of Area Studies, Geopolitics etc. His research interests include the EU foreign policy and external relations, foreign policy analysis and international political economy.

Orestis Vathis is a Phd candidate atUniversity ofPeloponnese inGreece, Department of Political Science and International Relations. He holds an MSc in Finance and Investment fromMiddlesexUniversity and an MSc in Economics & Geography inUtrechtUniversity. His research interests include issues on aid effectiveness, NGOs and Civil Society Organizations, international relations and foreign policy. As part of his research he has worked as volunteer in a Greek development NGO and has participated in development projects implemented inGhana andUganda and has also taken part in field trips visiting development programs inNicaragua.  

Dr Mariangela Veikou studied social anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and sociology at the European University Institute (Italy) where she obtained her PhD in 2001. She held research positions at the European University Institute (Italy), the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (Italy) and the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, and teaching positions at the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Democritus University of Thrace (Greece) and Panteion University of Athens (Greece). Her publications include articles in refereed journals and chapters in books on ethnic identity, migration and ethnography.

Ισμήνη Καρυδοπούλου. Απόφοιτη του Τμήματος Πολιτικής Επιστήμης και Δημόσιας Διοίκησης του Εθνικού και Καποδιστριακού Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών με μεταπτυχιακό στην Πολιτική Κοινωνιολογία (Πανεπιστήμιο Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne). Έχει εργαστεί σε ερευνητικά προγράμματα σχετικά με θέματα της Κοινωνίας των Πολιτών και συνεργαστεί με  Μη Κυβερνητικές Οργανώσεις στην Ελλάδα και στην Γαλλία.

Δημήτρης Ιεραπετρίτης. Διδάκτωρ του Τμήματος Γεωγραφίας του Πανεπιστημίου Αιγαίου, με μετεκπαίδευση στην Οικονομική Ανάπτυξη λιγότερο ανεπτυγμένων και υπανάπτυκτων χωρών (MSc in Economic Development) στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Salford (U.K.) και πτυχιούχος του Τμήματος Οργάνωσης και Διοίκησης Επιχειρήσεων του Οικονομικού Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών. Έχει συγγράψει σειρά επιστημονικών άρθρων σε διεθνή και ελληνικά περιοδικά. Διαθέτει πολυετή εμπειρία στην εκπόνηση έργων εξωτερικής αξιολόγησης Δομών, Επιχειρησιακών Προγραμμάτων και Έργων.

Αλεξάνδρα Σωτηρίου. Οικονομολόγος με εξειδίκευση στα οικονομικά της ανάπτυξης. Εργάζεται στο τομέα της διεθνούς αναπτυξιακής βοήθειας και στην υλοποίηση ευρωπαϊκών χρηματοδοτούμενων προγραμμάτων σε χώρες εκτός Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης (ΕΕ).  Έχει πρότερη εμπειρία σε διεθνείς οργανισμούς και έχει ολοκληρώσει την πρακτική της άσκηση στην Ευρωπαϊκή Τράπεζα Επενδύσεων στο Λουξεμβούργο. Τα ακαδημαϊκά και ερευνητικά της ενδιαφέροντα σχετίζονται με τις πολιτικές της ΕΕ, την περιφερειακή ανάπτυξη και την επίδραση των ευρωπαϊκών διαρθρωτικών πόρων στην ανάπτυξη. Πρόσφατα δημοσίευσε σχετικό επιστημονικό άρθρο σε διεθνή επιστημονικό περιοδικό. Η Αλεξάνδρα αποφοίτησε από την Α.Σ.Ο.Ε.Ε και είναι κάτοχος μεταπτυχιακού από το LondonSchoolofEconomics από όπου αποφοίτησε με Άριστα.

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