Faculty

The faculty of the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies of the University of Macedonia is frequently supplemented by professors with relevant specialised interests from other departments and institutions. Guest lectures are offered on a regular basis by academics, diplomats, politicians, businessmen and journalists with experience and knowledge of Eastern and Southeastern Europe.

Our current faculty is:

Eftihia VOYTYRA

From 1992-98 she was a research officer/lecturer at the Refugee Studies Programme, and from 1994-98, also a lecturer at the Faculty of Geography and Anthropology, both at the University of Oxford. While at Oxford, she regularly taught graduate courses on identity and displacement, as well as on nationalism, regionalism and ethnicity in Eastern Europe. She also did research and published on issues of East-West migration, minority identity under, and after, state socialism, the emergence of “civil society” in Russia and, and the political economy of humanitarian assistance in Eastern Europe and Africa. In September 1998, she joined the faculty of the University of Macedonia as associate professor in the Department of Balkan, Slavonic and Oriental Studies, where she teaches regularly courses on social science methodology, migration and asylum policies, peoples and history of the former USSR, and ethnographies of the socialist and post-socialist world. In 2007 she was elected Senior Research Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of East London. As an anthropologist she has conducted, since 1992, extensive field research in the former Soviet Union (Central Asia, Caucasus and Russia) regarding the migration and repatriation of minorities in the post-soviet area, and in refugee camps in Africa and the Middle East, focusing on the protection of human rights and the humanitarian assistance.Her main academic interests are: Refugees, Asylum and Social Exclusion Policies, Humanitarian Assistance and Human Rights Protection, Nationalisms and social transformations in post-socialist Eastern Europe, Diasporas and Repatriations, Social Science Methodologies.


Dimitrios KYRKILIS

He graduated from the University of Athens, School of Economics in 1981 and he was awarded a Ph.D from the University of Manchester, U.K. in 1987. The title of his doctoral dissertation is “Economic Determinants of Foreign Direct  Investment in Greek Manufacturing, 1963 – 1981”. He currently serves as Professor at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies of the University of Macedonia, Greece while he has served as lecturer at the Department of International and European Economic and Political Studies of the same University and at the Department of Economics of the University of Crete, Greece. His academic interests are in the field of International Economics, Foreign Direct Investment in particular, Transition Economics, and the analysis of emerging markets in Eastern and SE Europe. He has published extensively in international journals and participated in international conferences presenting papers.


Harry PAPAPANAGOS

He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Macedonia, his Master and PhD at the University of Essex in England. Formerly, he taught at the Department of Economics at the University of Essex, the Queen’s University of Belfast and the University of Kent at Canterbury in UK. His main research interests are in applied economics and in particular in microsimulation modelling, in public and labour economics, distributional economics and migration. His current research interests focus on entrepreneurship and direct foreign investment in the Balkans and South-East Europe, the Black Sea and CIS regions. He was the economic advisor of OECD in the Balkan area and served as special advisor to the House of Lords in England on immigration policy issues. He teaches at the Greek Open University, the Graduate School of War and in the International Hellenic University. He was member of the scientific committee of the National Academic Recognition Information Centre and member of the examining committee of the Greek State Scholarship’s Foundation. He is a founding member and member of the advisory board of the European Economics and Finance Society.


Ioannis TZIONAS

He graduated from the Law School of the Democritus University of Thrace (grade “distinction”). LL.M. (merit) London School of Economics and Political Science. His Ph.D is entitled “The European Community as an Idiosyncratic Αctor in International Trade: The Evidence and Lessons of GATT Litigation”, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. He is specialized in European Union Law and International Economic Law as well as Law of International Transactions.


Sophia DELIPALLA

She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Macedonia (Greece) and her postgraduate studies at the University of Essex (UK). Formerly she taught at the department of Economics at the University of Kent at Canterbury, the University of Wales Swansea, and the University of Essex. Her main research interests are in applied Microeconomics, and in particular Public and Industrial Economics. She works especially on commodity taxation and its harmonisation at EU level. She is currently working on commodity taxation and the black economy.


Fotini TSIBIRIDOU

She is Professor of Social Anthropology (Political and Economic Anthropology of SE Europe). She studied Anthropology at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris with a scholarship provided by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation. From 1992 to 2003 she was a staff member at the Democritus University of Thrace. She cooperated in projects of the Anthropology Department at Harvard University (1999 – 2000) and the Laboratoire d’ Anthropologie Sociale of the E.H.E.S.S. and the C.N.R.S at the College de France (1995-1996). Her research interests focus on the practices and conceptualizations of the ‘political’ in the public and private sphere. She is focusing on multiple economic and political ‘transition processes’ as well as identity politics in late modernity. She is currently working on state cultures, citizenship, gender and social movements. She conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Greece, the Balkans and the Middle East (Sultanate of Oman) and she produced a number of ethnographic documentaries. Her current fieldwork abroad is taking place in Istanbul.


Owen Ο’DONNELL

In addition to being an Associate Professor at the University of Macedonia, Owen O’Donnellis a Professor of Applied Economics in the Erasmus School of Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is a Research Fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and NETSPAR in the Netherlands and a Research Affiliate of the Health, Econometrics and Data Group, University of York in the UK. His research is mainly concerned with health inequality, equity in health care and financial protection from medical expenditure risk in low income settings. He has published in journals including the Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. He is a co-author of Analyzing Health Equity Using Household Survey Data published by the World Bank. He has co-directed two European Union funded research projects on equity in the finance and provision of health care in Asia, and has been a consultant to the World Bank and UNICEF. He obtained his doctorate from the University of York. He has held visiting positions at the University of Lausanne and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a faculty appointment at the University of Kent. He is co-organiser of the European Workshops on Econometrics and Health Economics and an Associate Editor of Health Economics.


Nikos MARANTZIDIS

He acquired his PhD on Political Sociology from Paris X-Nanterre in 1994. He is currently Professor at the University of Macedonia, Department of Balkan, Slavic, and Oriental Studies. He is also visiting professor at Charles University in Prague and the University of Warsaw in Poland. He was co-director of the Public Opinion Research Center at the University of Macedonia (2007-2014) and one of the leading specialists on Communist and post-communist parties. He has focused his research on the Greek civil war and the involvement of the international communist system and has authored/edited more than 10 books, while publishing widely in journals including International Sociology, South European Society and Politics, European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, Communisme, Central and East European Studies Review, Journal of Peace Research, and East European Politics and Societies. At the moment he is directing a European Union funded research project on Greece during the Cold War and working on a new book on the Greek Civil War.


Christos PARASKEVOPOULOS

Associate Professor of Political Science and European Public Policy at the University of Macedonia (dept. of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental studies), Thessaloniki, Greece. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science (Government) from the London School of Economics and has been: Visiting Scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Harvard University (2012); Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellow at the Programme in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University (Dec. 2008-Feb. 2009); and a Research Fellow at the European Institute (2001-04) and the Hellenic Observatory (2004-05) of the London School of Economics. He has published widely on social capital, institutions, local economic development and EU Public Policy in various academic journals and edited volumes in the UK, US and Greece. He is the author of Interpreting Convergence in the European Union: Patterns of Collective Action, Social Learning and Europeanization (Palgrave, 2001), while his most recent publications include Learning from Abroad: Regionalization and Local Institutional Infrastructure in Cohesion and Accession Countries (2004), Special Issue of Regional and Federal Studies (co-edited with Robert Leonardi), and Adapting to EU Multi-Level Governance: Regional and Environmental Policies in Cohesion (Greece, Ireland, Portugal) and CEE (Hungary, Poland) Countries, Ashgate, 2006 (co-edited with P. Getimis and Nich. Rees). His current academic and research interests include the comparative study of social capital, diversity and public policy, institutions and local economic development and EU public policy.


Fotios SIOKIS

He taught at Queens College and City College of CUNY. In Greece he lectured at University of Patras and at graduate level at the Economics Department, University of Macedonia. For a number of years he held managerial positions in well-known companies, like AT&T, U.S.A. in Business Communication Services, and ALPHA BANK, Athens, Greece, as a senior economist. His research interests are in the areas of the industrial organisation of the Banking System, the effects of the political cycles on the macro economy and of the macro stability and growth in the Balkan area.


Dimitris STAMATOPOULOS

He is Associate Professor in Balkan and Late Ottoman History in the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies at the University of Macedonia , Thessaloniki. He was a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton for the academic year 2010-11. He wrote many articles on the history of the Greek Orthodox populations in the Ottoman Balkans. He is the author of the following monographs: “Μεταρρύθμιση και εκκοσμίκευση: προς μια ανασύνθεση της ιστορίας του Οικουμενικού Πατριαρχείου τον 19ο αιώνα” [Reform and Secularization. Towards a Reconstruction of the History of the Ecumenical Patriarchate 19th century, Athens: Alexandreia Publications, 2003], “Το Βυζάντιο μετά το Έθνος: το πρόβλημα της συνέχειας στις βαλκανικές ιστοριογραφίες” [The Byzantium after the Nation: the problem of continuity in the Balkan historiographies, Athens: Alexandreia Publications 2009] and has co-edited (with Fotini Tsibiridou) the collective volume” Οριενταλισμός στα όρια: από τα Οθωμανικά Βαλκάνια στη σύγχρονη Μέση Ανατολή” [Orientalism at the limits: from the Ottoman Balkans to contemporary Middle East, Kritiki: Athens, 2008].


Kostas TSITSELIKIS

He has studied international law and human rights at the law faculties in the universities of Thrace, Thessaloniki and Strasbourg. He has taught at the Universities of Western Macedonia, Thrace, and Bilgi of Istanbul. He has worked for the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the UN, the EU and FIDH in human rights and democratisation field missions. Member of scientific groups and expert on minorities, human rights and democratisation. Co-director of the Series of Studies of the Research Centre of Minority Groups at Kritiki and Vivliorama publishers. His most recent book is “Islam in Greece. From historical minorities to immigrant newcomers”, Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden/Boston, 2012.


Manos KARAGIANNIS

He is Assistant Professor of Russian and post-Soviet Politics. He obtained a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Hull (2000), an MA in International Security Studies from the University of Reading (1996), and a B.A in European Community Studies from London South Bank University (1995). He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and a Visiting Research Fellow at Princeton University in 2010.


Ioannis ARMAKOLAS

IOANNIS ARMAKOLAS is Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics of South-East Europe at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki). He is also ‘Stavros Costopoulos’ Research Fellow and Head of the South-East Europe Programme at the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal ‘Southeast European and Black Sea Studies’, published by Taylor & Francis Group (United Kingdom), and serves on the Editorial Board of the journals ‘Croatian International Relations Review’ and ‘Hellenic Studies’. Ioannis Armakolas holds a Phd from the University of Cambridge, an MA from the University of Kent and a first degree from Panteion University. Before joining the University of Macedonia, Ioannis Armakolas was United Kingdom’s Economic & Social Research Council Fellow at the Department of Politics, University of Oxford; Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford; Director of the South-East Europe Programme of Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM, a think tank of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs); Director of Research at the ‘US-Greece Task Force: Transforming the Balkans’ (a joint policy programme of the Hellenic Centre for European Studies and the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies); Region Head for South East Europe at Oxford Analytica consulting company; Tip O’Neill Fellow in Peace and Conflict Studies at INCORE-Northern Ireland (a research institute of Ulster University & United Nations University). He was the researcher on Bosnia for a multi-year Framework Programme 7 research project entitled ‘Cultural Heritage and the Reconstruction of Identities after Conflict’. Ioannis Armakolas has previously taught Political Science, International Politics, and Balkan Politics at the University of Athens, Panteion University, the University of the Peloponnese, and the University of the Aegean. He has extensive experience as a consultant in projects of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) in the Western Balkans and he has led research and co-authored several reports on Bosnia for the British and the US governments. He lived in Bosnia for three years (2001-2004) and has been frequently visiting the Western Balkans for research, policy work and consulting since 1997.


Nikolaos RAPTOPOULOS

Nikolaos is Assistant Professor in the Department of International and European Studies of the University of Piraeus. He holds a Ph.D in Political Sciences from the French-speaking Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium. Ηe obtained his postgraduate (D.E.A.) degree in Political Studies, orientation “International Studies”, also from the same University (UCL). He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and International Studies from the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece. Until 2013 Nikolaos served as Lecturer in the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies of the University of Macedonia of Economic and Social Sciences in Thessaloniki, Greece. He continues teaching in the MA Program “Politics & Economics of the Contemporary Eastern & Southeastern Europe” of the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies. His research interests focus on International Relations Theory, Strategic Studies and Security, International Economic Relations, while his areas of expertise include Turkey, Middle East and Southeastern Europe.