Panteion University was founded in 1930. It is the first higher education institution of Political Science in Greece and among the three oldest universities of Political Science in Europe. Panteion University consists of 4 schools and 9 academic departments, 13 postgraduate programmes, 3 research institutes, 18 research centres and 4 laboratories. The enrolled students are about 20,000, among which18,500 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students. Teaching/academic and administrative/technical staff number is about 500.

In EnTrust, research work is conducted at the Department of Political Science and History. As an organic evolution of the first political science department in Greece, the Department of Political Science and History started functioning in the academic year 1998-1999. The department is devoted to the study and research of political science and modern history, with an emphasis on comparative politics, public and European policy, political sociology, social movements, minorities and migration, Media and political communication, political and electoral behaviour, economic theory and history, European, Balkan and Greek history. The curriculum promotes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of social and political phenomena. The courses offered allowing both a regional focus as well as encouraging the in-depth exploration of contemporary problems in an increasingly globalised world.

The Centre for Political Research (CPR) was established in 1989. The aims of the CPR are the design and implementation of political and sociological research, as well as the upgrade of teaching and research activities of the Department of Political Science and History. Among other activities, the CPR implements research projects, organises conferences, workshops, lectures and training seminars delving into theory, methods and techniques of a wide range of empirical and experimental social sciences research. CPR participates in the Social Data Network (SO.DA.NET.), the Greek research infrastructure for the social sciences. CPR, in collaboration with Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies, hosted the research project “Examining Xenophobia in Greece during the Economic Crisis: A Computational Prespective” (EEA Grants). In the previous years it has also participated in projects of research excellence (ARISTEIA II) and EU Framework Programs (THALIS).

Team members

Vasiliki Georgiadou is the principal investigator of the Greek team. She is a Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, and the Director of the Centre for Political Research. She holds a PhD in Politics with distinction (summa cum laude) from the University of Münster, Germany (1989). Her current research interests focus on political behaviour, political radicalism and violent extremism. She is author (in German) of, among others, Non-capitalist Aspects of Development in Greece in the 19th Century (Frankfurt/M: Peter Lang, 1991) and (in Greek) of The Far Right and the Consequences of Consensus: Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Germany (Athens: Kastaniotis, 2008) and The Far Right in Greece, 1965-2018 (Athens: Kastaniotis 2019). She was the Principal Investigator in the EEA Grant “Examining Xenophobia in Greece during the Economic Crisis” and a Research Group Leader in the THALIS research programme “Designing & Operating an Infrastructure for the Empirical Inquiry of Political & Social Radicalism in Greece” (EU Programme). Currently she is a co-Investigator in the LSE Research Grant “Low intensity violence in crisis-ridden Greece: Evidence from the radical right and the radical left” and co-coordinator of  the SO.DA.NET. infrastructure. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Science and Society: Journal of Political and Moral Theory, Secretary General of the Hellenic Political Science Association (2010-2012), member of the Political Studies Association and the International Political Science Association and counsellor for scholarships of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). She has published 45 papers in peer-reviewed journals in Greek, German, English and French. Her publications appear among others in Electoral Studies, Party Politics, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, Revue des Sciences Sociales, Science and Society, The Greek Journal of Political Science.

Fani Kountouri is an Assistant Professor of Political Science-Political Communication at the Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Greece. She holds a PhD in Political Science (with distinction) from the University of Paris I Sorbonne (2006). The past years she was a research fellow at the National Centre of Social Research and she has been involved in projects on the political agenda, the profile of Greek MPs, the implication of digital uses and the framing process of public problems. Based on her research activities she has published two books and several articles in peer reviewed journals and she has participated in international conferences. She is author (in Greek) of two books Political Publicity and Power: Political Parties and Media during 2000’s (Athens: G. Dardanos, 2011) and Public Problems on Political Agenda (e-book, Kallipos, 2015). where she participated in several researches. She has published in Greek, French and English in edited volumes and journals such as Legislative Studies, Journal of Contemporary European Research, the Greek Journal of Political Science, the Greek review of Social Research. Her current research focus on political elites, political communication, framing process, new media and political mobilization.  Since 2013 she is member of the teaching staff of the Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Greece. There she teaches courses on political science, political communication, public problems, public policies, and methods in political science.

Emmanouil Tsatsanis is Researcher at the Greek National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) and at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). He holds a PhD from Washington State University. From 2012 to 2016 he was Visiting Assistant Professor at the Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL), where he maintains a research position. He has taught in various universities in Greece (University of Athens, University of Thessaloniki, Panteion University of Athens, University of Peloponnese), in the United States and in Morocco, and has been a visiting scholar at Sophia University in Tokyo and at the Juan March Advanced Center for Social Science Studies (CEACS) in Madrid. His research and teaching experience are located mainly in the subfield of Comparative Politics, with a focus on topics related to electoral behaviour, political identities, political representation and party systems. His work has been published in edited volumes and national and international peer-reviewed journals such as West European Politics, Party Politics, International Political Science Review, South European Society and Politics, Critical Sociology, Journal of Political Ideologies, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, among others. He coordinates together with André Freire and Marco Lisi the research project ‘Crisis, Political Representation and Democratic Renewal: The Portuguese case in the Southern European context’ (2016-19) funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Research and Technology (FCT) and is co-editor of the forthcoming volumes Political Representation in Southern Europe and Latin America (Routledge) and Political Representation and Citizenship in Portugal: From Crisis to Renewal (Lexington Books).

Anastasia Kafe is a Research Associate at the Greek Diaspora Project – SEESOX. She has obtained her PhD in Political Science from Panteion University and holds an MA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Athens. She has teaching experience in Electoral Sociology, Political Theory and Political Analysis. Her research experience concerns political behaviour, political radicalism and xenophobia, social movement and protest event analysis and data management for research infrastructures. She has worked as a researcher in the research programme So.Da.Net – European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures, in the project “Designing & Operating an Infrastructure for the Empirical Inquiry of Political & Social Radicalism in Greece”, in the project “Collective Action of Indignant Citizens in Greece: causes, content, agency, and implications for policy maker” and in the project “Examining xenophobia in Greece during the economic crisis: A computational perspective”, funded by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism. She is co-author of the book Electoral Sociology and she has published several articles in the International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, in Science and Society and in edited volumes. Her research interests lie in mixed methods, the study of electoral behaviour, the implications of economic voting, the discourse and strategy of extreme right parties, with a special focus on anti-immigrant behaviour and xenophobic attitudes and social movement studies.