Research Programs



Democracy in Times of Crisis: Power and Discourse in a Three-Level Game

Portuguese National Funding Agency for Science, Research and Technology (Project ref: PTDC/IVC-CPO/2247/2014)

Timeline of the project: 4/4/16 ongoing.

Panteion University participated in the program with the collaboration of the Assistant Prof. Stella Ladi.

While many studies have examined the content and effects of the reforms passed during the crisis in different countries (the 'what'), still very little is known about the process leading to their adoption (the 'how'). Moreover, two contradictory narratives co-exist in the scarce literature addressing this topic. On the one hand, scholars argue that governments have been forced to implement very specific reforms against their will, in return for bail-out loans (Ladi 2014) or after implicit blackmail by the ECB (Sacchi 2014). By contrast, other studies claim that the crisis empowered governments to pass reforms they wanted all along (Moury and Freire 2013). So which narrative is correct? Or, better: under which circumstances would one prevail? And which accountability issues do these processes raise?



1Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories (COMPACT) - CA COST Action CA15101

Timeline of the project: 2016-2018

Panteion University participated in the program with the collaboration of the Associate Prof. Vasiliki Georgiadou, Anastasia Kafe and Vera Tika

The aim of this Action is to develop an interdisciplinary and international network to provide a comprehensive understanding of conspiracy theories. The Action will pursue the inquiry in three broad areas: the manifestations and modes of transmission of conspiracy theory in different historical and cultural contexts; the variety of actors and audiences involved in the production and consumption of conspiracy theories; and the psychological and cultural causes and political consequences of belief in conspiracy. Working closely with stakeholders, this Action will build a better understanding of conspiracy theories in order to develop an effective response to them.






European Economic Area Financial Mechanism

Panteion University - Department of Political Science and History

in collaboration with Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies

Principal Investigator: Vasiliki Georgiadou

Research team: Ioannis Galariotis, Anastasia Kafe, Zinovia Laliouti

Timeline of the project: 9/2015-1/2017

The basic aim of this research effort is to examine the phenomenon of xenophobia in Greece through a large-scale multi-source study based on the use of advanced computational social science approaches. There is a common perception that xenophobia is a deep-rooted social phenomenon that reasonably escalates under circumstances of severe economic crisis. In line with this argument, xenophobia should have been raised in Greece after the outburst of the economic crisis in 2009. Drawing on a vast amount of data from a rich variety of sources and exploiting a wealth of research instruments, we will try in this study to test the validity of the above-mentioned argument targeting and addressing the following research goals:

  1. To study the historical evolution of the phenomenon of xenophobia in Greece from the 1990s onwards.
  2. To examine whether or not the recent economic crisis has raised the xenophobic sentiments and behaviour of Greeks against any kind of “others” and/or immigrants.
  3. To decompose the effect of the economic crisis on the behaviour of the Greek people against the “others” and immigrants in order to examine the expressions of continuity as well as the possibility of change with reference to xenophobia as a social phenomenon deeply rooted in the perceptions and consciousness of Greeks.




CAICG project: The collective action of 'indignant' citizens in Greece: causes, content, agency, and implications for policy makers

ARISTEIA II – NSRF 2007-2013

Timeline of the project: 2015-2016

Panteion University participated in the program with the collaboration of Associate Prof. Vasiliki Georgiadou, Anastasia Kafe and Lamprini Rori

CAICG aspires to explain developments in the Greek political setting during the sovereign debt crisis which erupted in 2010, focusing on the causes and consequences of protest activity. What brought people with scarcely any prior experience in demonstrations to Syntagma square? How did parties and individual politicians react to the accumulation of discontent?