The research interests of the members of the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) span across comparative politics, international relations, sociology, and social and political theory.
We focus on contemporary phenomena, at the national, sub-national and transnational level, mainly but not exclusively in Europe.
We support an eclectic approach to research projects and doctoral theses, often cutting across traditional academic boundaries. A variety of method courses and workshops on data gathering and analysis are available in the first two years—survey, experimental and ethnographic; quantitative and qualitative—while field-work and data collection normally take place in the second and third year.
Thesis of the month
Argyrios Altiparmakis on The age of the bailout: Contention, party-system collapse and reconstruction in Greece, 2009-2015
Why did the most abrupt collapse of a political system in post-war Western Europe happen and what role did social movements have in it? In his thesis, Argyrios Altiparmakis studies the collapse of the Greek political system under the strains of the bailout regime during the early 2010s and the unique march of a radical left party, Syriza, towards power in Europe. While most narratives of the Greek debt crisis draw a straight line between the economic crisis and the collapse of mainstream parties PASOK and New Democracy in 2012, Argyrios Altiparmakis focuses on the role of social movements and the structure of political competition during the age of the bailout.... View more