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:



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.

Publications: https://eftihiavoutira.academia.edu/


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 is Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies of the University of Macedonia. He is visiting professor in the Hellenic International University and in the Supreme Joint War College. He is a member of the scientific staff of the Hellenic Open University, founding member and member of the advisory board of the European Economics & Finance Society and scientific coordinator in research projects financed by the European Union. He is publishing in international refereed journals and his articles are presented in international conferences and scientific networks. He served as Vice Rector of the University of Macedonia, Head of the Department of Balkan, Slavic & Oriental Studies and of the Department of Management and Technology of the University of Macedonia. He was a visiting professor in the Command and General Staff College (Department of Psychological Operations) and in the Police Academy. He was advisor of the British House of Lords and economic advisor of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He served as a senior lecturer at the University of Kent in England, as lecturer at Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland and as research officer in the BHPS - ESRC research center of the University of Essex in England.



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.



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.



Nikos Marantzidis is professor of Political Science in the department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. He is also elected visiting professor at the Department of International Studies at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) and the University of Kerala (India). His academic interests are focused on comparative politics, European party politics in the 20th century, and especially communist parties and European socialist and communist movements. He is also interested in violent conflicts and civil wars.

Recent Papers
  1. « Greek intellectuals and the fascination of communism 1924-1949 », in Vl. Tismaneanu (ed.), Ideological storms. Intellectuals and the Totalitarian Temptation, (forthcoming).
  2. “Crise économique et système politique : La crise de la représentation en Grèce actuelle”, in P. Guerguieva- A. Todorov (eds.), A la recherche de la présentation perdue, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2017, pp. 201-212.
  3. “The Impact of the Greek Indignados on Greek Politics” (with Paris Aslanidis), Southeastern Europe, 2015, 40(2): 125-157.
  4. “Communistes et post-communistes en Grèce 1991-2013’’, Communisme, 2014 : 99-108.
  5. “The Greek civil war (1944-1946) and the international communist system” Journal of Cold War Studies, 2013, 15(4): 25-54.
  6. “Sinistra e destra in Grecia dal XX al XXI secolo”, (with Lamprini Rori), Memoria e Ricerca, 2012, 41: 69-84.


Christos J. Paraskevopoulos is currently Professor of Political Science and European Public Policy at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science (dept. of Government) from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) in 1999. His previous/other appointments include: 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 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. His current academic and research interests include the comparative study of social capital and public policy, institutions, economic development and EU public policy, as well as more recently, the comparative study of varieties of capitalism, quality of government and policy conditionality/liberalization in Greece and Southern Europe.


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.

Nikolaos ZAIKOS

Nikolaos Zaikos is Associate Professor of International Law, Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Studies/ Education:
Ph.D. in International Law (with honours, 1997, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Academy of International Law (The Hague, The Netherlands/ 1993)
Postgraduate Diploma (with honours, 1991, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
European Institute (Erasmus Intensive Program; Ghent, Belgium/ 1990)
LL.B. Degree (1989, Department of Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Research interests: History and theory of international law; Holocaust and Genocide studies; Law of armed conflict; International sports relations: Institutions, history, policies;

Selection of academic activities:
- Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, University Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy/ 2011);
- Recipient of the Alberto Nar Scholarship (Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, 2011)
Lectures: Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, Paris; Technische Universität Berlin; Jewish Museum Berlin
Other conferences and/or research: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Slovakia; The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey.

Selected Publications

The name of the State in International Law (To be published in 2018; in Greek)
“Territory and acquisition of territorial sovereigny” & “International arbitration”, in K. Antonopoulos & K. Magliveras (Eds.) The Law of the International Society, Athens, 2017, 225-252 & 601-620 (in Greek)
“Ruth Caro in Berlin, London, Buenos Aires. Rediscovering a multifaceted contribution to international sport”, STADION. Internationale Zeitschrift für Geschichte des Sports 41 (2017), 97-131
“Vorwort. Auf der Suche nach Gerechtigkeit und Erinnerung”, in R. Molho, Der Holocaust der griechischen Juden. Studien zur Geschichte und Erinnerung, Bonn: Dietz, 2016, 11-14
‘A giant unassembled juridical jigsaw puzzle’. Universal intergovernmental organizations and the development of migration law”, in Th. Skouteris & M. Vagias (Ed.), International Organizations and the Protection of Human Rights, Essays Liber Amicorum Paroula Perraki, Athens: Themis Publications, 2014, 203-213
“Ingeborg Mello. Two lives in sport”, Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues 26 (2014), 5-34
“Ingeborg Mello. Zwei Leben im Sport”, SportZeiten. Sport in Geschichte, Kultur und Gesellschaft 13/ 2 (2013), 7-29
“Mass atrocities and the law. The genocide of the Jews of Europe before the judge”, in G. Antoniou-S. Dordanas-N. Marantzidis-N. Zaikos (Eds.), The Holocaust in the Balkans, 2011, 595-657 (in Greek)
Sport Club Maccabi. Greek Jews in sport – The case of Thessaloniki (2011, in Greek; Alberto Nar Scholarship)
“The onomastics of states in international law: the case of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, in I.D. Stefanidis – V. Vlasidis – E. Kofos, Macedonian identities through time. Interdisciplinary approaches, Thessaloniki: Epikentro (Foundation of the Museum for the Macedonian Struggle – Research Center for Macedonian History and Documentation), 2010, 337-361
International Law and wartime collaboration, 2006 (in Greek)
The International Law Commission of the United Nations. A contribution to the study of the codification and progressive development of International Law, 2002, (In Greek).


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.


Emmanuel Karagiannis was educated in the United Kingdom and the United States (University of Pennsylvania, University of Hull, University of Reading). He held research positions in prestigious US and British universities (Yale University, Columbia University, Princeton University, London School of Economics, U.S Military Academy at West Point). He is member of editorial boards of scientific journals, member of various professional organizations in the USA and Europe, and a frequent commentator for international media outlets. He has published extensively on radicalization and terrorism, political Islam in Central Asia and the Middle East, ethnic conflicts in the former USSR, and Russian foreign and security policy. His new book The New Political Islam: Human Rights, Democracy and Justice has been published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Also, he is the author of Political Islam in Central Asia (Routledge, 2010) and Energy and Security in the Caucasus (Routledge, 2002). His articles have appeared, among others, in Journal of North African Studies, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, Middle East Quarterly, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Contemporary Security Policy, Asian Security, European Security, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, Mediterranean Politics, Mediterranean Quarterly, Harvard Asia Quarterly, Europe-Asia Studies, Nationalities Papers, Central Asian Survey, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Journal of Balkans and Near Eastern Studies, and Brown Journal of World Affairs. Dr Karagiannis has travelled extensively throughout the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Middle East to conduct research.


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.


Dr. Yorgos Christidis is an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics in the Balkans at the Department of Balkan, Slavonic and Oriental Studies of the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. He is also a Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Security Policy (ELIAMEP) in Athens and a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of History, University of Sofia “Sv. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria.

His research interests focus on political parties and minority issues, foreign policy and bilateral relations in Southeastern Europe. Among his latest publications: “Greek–Bulgarian relations: Current state, problems and prospects”, together with I. Armakolas and P. Pashalidis, ELIAMEP Research Paper, 2017; Η σερβική πολιτική στο Κόσοβο (Ιούνιος 1999 – 2016 (Serbian policy on Kosovo. June 1999 – 2016), Thessaloniki, 2017; “A new Balkan rapprochement. Skopje accepts Sofia’s positions allowing for bilateral relations to move ahead”, ELIAMEP Briefing Notes 55/2017, November 2017; “Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Experience of Cooperation in the Fields of EU-Funded Cross-border Projects and Higher Education and What Does it Mean for the Future”, together with P. Pashalidis, Research Report, ΕΛΙΑΜΕΠ, December 2017; «Από τη Γιουγκοσλαβία στη Σερβία 1918-2008» (From Yugoslavia to Serbia 1918-2008), «Πολεμικές Συρράξεις στην Πρώην Γιουγκοσλαβία (1991-1995, 1999) (Military conflicts in ex-Yugoslavia, 1991-1995, 1999) in Βαλκάνια, Η Μεγάλη Τρικυμία. Η Νοτιοανατολική Ευρώπη του Χθες και του Σήμερα, μια αναδρομή, Athens, May 2018, pp. 61-104; “From Bitter Foes to Partners and Allies: Remembering the Greek-Bulgarian Reconciliation”, in “Political Trends & Dynamics. Bilateral Disputes in Southeastern Europe”, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, August/September 2018.