Local Goverment, Migration, Integration

Project Team

Dia Anagnostou / Senior Research Fellow

Dia Anagnostou is Assistant Professor of Politics at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens and since 2004 Senior Research Fellow at ELIAMEP. She completed her Ph.D in 1999 in the Department of Government at Cornell University with a concentration in comparative politics. Since then, Ms. Anagnostou has held research positions at Princeton University (1999-2000), the Robert Schuman Centre at the European University Institute in Florence (2000-2001), and in the European University Institute (Law Dept. in January-February 2009 as Fernand Braudel Fellow). Between 2006 and 2012 she was Lecturer of Politics in the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies in Macedonia University of Thessaloniki, and in 2010-2012 she was Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Law of the European University Institute in Florence. She has coordinated two large research projects funded by the European Commission 6th Framework Program on the topics of human rights and minorities, and she has participated as a partner in several other research projects, on topics related to European integration and the politics of Southeast Europe. Her research interests lie in the fields of comparative politics of Southeast Europe and European integration, and she has published on the topics of ethnic politics, nationalism, and minorities. Over the past few years, her research work has largely focused on human rights, courts and social movements from a socio-legal perspective. Her articles have appeared in the International Human Rights Journal, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, West European Politics, Southeast European Politics, and Southeast Europe and Black Sea Studies, among others. She has co-edited the book The European Court of Human Rights and the Rights of Marginalised Individuals and Minorities in National Context (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2009), and she is editor and co-author of the book The European Court of Human Rights: Implementing the Strasbourg’s Judgments into Domestic Policy (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, in print, due to appear in April 2013). She is currently working on the book Rights in Pursuit of Social Change: Legal Mobilisation in the Multi-Level European System (in contract with Hart publishers) and on a monograph on the role of activism and civil society in the European Court of Human Rights. 


Kontogianni Aimilia / Junior Research Fellow 

Kontogianni Aimilia is a Junior Research Fellow at ELIAMEP (Hellenic Foundation of European & Foreign Policy) in the research project LOMIGRAS: “Monitoring and Μainstreaming Ιntegration of Immigrants in Local Government in Greece’’. She graduated from the Department of Political Science of University of Crete in 2007 and holds a MΑ in Public Opinion and Polling in the Department of Government at the University of Essex (2010). She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Sciences at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her thesis examines political participation and social movements.



Dimitris Skleparis / Postdoctoral research fellow

Dimitris Skleparis is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). He completed his PhD studies in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London with a specialisation in Irregular Migration, Asylum and Security. Additionally, he completed an MSc in Social Science Research Methods at Bristol University and a BA in Communication and Media Studies at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has published papers related to Irregular Migrants, Asylum Seekers, Migrant Activism and Security in international journals and collective volumes. Currently, he is working on the unfolding migration/refugee "crisis" and far-right extremism. His research interests include Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, Migrant Activism, and the government of Irregular Migration and Asylum within the context of Security.



Markos Konstantakis / Junior Research Fellow


Konstantakis Markos is Marine Mechanical Engineer NTUA and a PhD candidate at the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication at Aegean University, in the field of Augmented Reality and Augmented Cultural User Experience. Markos holds a Master Degree from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the Hellenic Open University (HOU). The title of his MSc thesis is "Comparative Analysis and Evaluation of Automatic Production Software Music Notation". Markos Konstantakis worked as a Research Associate in several projects at Panteion University and the University of Athens. Indicatively, he was leading the development and operation of the Information Support System for the Career Office, and he was responsible for the project management and statistical analysis of the data resulting from evaluations, and for the preparation and submission of technical bulletins for the Quality Assurance Unit. He worked from April 2008 – May 2009 as a Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Library Athens University of Economics (AUEB) with main activities the development and maintenance of the Library Website. Test function for terminal workstations and applications. Technical support staff and users of the Library. Backup on a daily basis (backup). Upgrade terminals and install new ones. Using multimedia processing software to produce digital educational material . Creation and development of computer hardware base library.


George Tzogopoulos / Research Fellow


George Tzogopoulos is Research Fellow at ELIAMEP and website editor. He obtained his doctorate in Social Sciences (Media & Communication Studies) from Loughborough University in November 2008. His first book: US Foreign Policy in the European Media: Framing the Rise and Fall of Neoconservatism was published by IB TAURIS in September 2012 and his second one: The Greek Crisis in the Media by Ashgate in May 2013. George worked as a columnist in politics and international relations for Apogevmatini newspaper from January 2007 until January 2010, has taught propaganda at Loughborough University and has co-operated as a researcher with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Ηe speaks English, French, German and Italian.



External Experts  - Advisors


Alexandra Zavos / External Expert

Alexandra Zavos was born in Athens in 1968. She studied Sociology at Panteion University, and completed her post-graduate studies in Critical Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her PhD concerned the “Politics of Gender and Migration in the Anti-racist Movement in Athens”. She has worked as senior researcher for the FP7 funded projects GEMIC “Gender, Migration and Intercultural Interactions in South-East Europe and the Mediterranean” (2008-2011) and MIG@NET “Transnational Digital Networks, Migration, and Gender” (2010-2013), coordinated by the Centre for Gender Studies at Panteion University. Her research addressed the politics and practices of intercultural education and migrant student integration, as well as Muslim migrant women’s religious identities and practices in Athens. Currently, she is teaching on the Interdepartmental Master’s Program ‘Gender-Society-Politics’ at Panteion University and is senior researcher for the european program USVS “Universities Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence”, coordinated by Brunel University.

In the past, she has worked as researcher and trainer for the program “Educating Muslim Children”, coordinated by the University of Athens, and has implemented educational projects for youth, teachers and social workers in collaboration with the NGO ARSIS-Social Organisation for the Support of Youth, and with the Family Therapy Training Institute ‘Athenian Institute of Anthropos’.

She has co-edited (with H. Kambouri and M. Stratigaki) the collection Gender, Migration, Interculturalism (2013, Athens, nissos, in Greek), and has contributed chapters to the edited collections The Gender of Migration (2009, Athens, Metaixmio, in Greek), Minority and Migrant Experiences (2010, Athens, Kritiki-KEMO, in Greek), Gender and Migration: Perspectives and Interventions (2010, London, Zed), Feminism and Migration: Cross-cultural Engagements (2011, New York, Springer), Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent (2014, New York, SUNY), Living Under Austerity: Greek Society in Crisis (2016, Oxford and New York, Berghahn).  She has published articles in Greek and international journals, including the Greek Social Science Review, 140-141 B’-C’, 2013, Feminist Review, 94, 2011 (with H. Kambouri), Qualitative Research in Psychology, 6, 2009. Currently, she is co-editing (with P. Koutrolikou and D. Siatitsa) the forthcoming Special Issue on ‘Urban Citizenship’ of the journal Citizenship Studies.


Andreas Takis / External Expert

Andreas Takis is an assistant professor in Philosophy and Methodology of Law at the Law Faculty of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Mr Takis has previously served as Secretary General of Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior (2009-2011), as Deputy Ombudsman, Head of the Greek Ombudsman's Human Rights Department (2003-2009), and as member of the National Commission for Human Rights (2003-2011). Recently, he has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of the State Museum of Modern Art in Thessaloniki. He has also published several books and contributed with numerous articles in the fields of law, political theory, and ethics.