Aliki Koutlou

Aliki Koutlou

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Since October 2023, I am an  ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow based at the Politics Department, University of Manchester. My research focuses on utilities-based indebtedness and, largely, on energy debt. Specifically, it explores its relationship with the global crisis in social reproduction as well as its localised manifestations with an emphasis on their gendered and classed dimensions.

I have received my PhD in Politics from the Politics Department at the University of Manchester in July 2022 and worked at the department as a Lecturer (T&S) in Politics (2022-2023). Upon the receipt of my PhD, I worked Research Assistant in the project "Urban Crisis: The Role of Stigma Amongst Medical Professional in Access to Health Services for People Who Use Drugs in Athens Greece", led by Dr Cristina Temenos (Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Department of Geography, University of Manchester). During my doctoral studies,  I also worked as a Teaching Assistant (2019-2021) at the Politics Department and as a Research Assistant in the project "SheTrades: Gendering Global Trade Governance” led by Dr Erin Hannah, (Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario), Dr Adrienne Roberts (Senior Lecturer in International Politics, Politics Department, University of Manchester) and Dr Silke Trommer (Senior Lecturer in Politics,Politics Department, University of Manchester).

Research interests

My research interests lie at the intersections of feminist political economy, everyday political economy, and feminist geography. Broadly, I am interested in how social reproduction and its everyday realities, practices and relations (e.g., kinship, friendship) are shaped by gendered and capitalist structures of power at times of crisis and restructuring with a particular focus on semi-peripheral spaces, particularly in Southern Europe. My current research explores this theme with a focus utilities-based indebtedness in the context of the Greek debt crisis and its aftermath. 


My teaching focuses on modules related largely to Political Economy. I have previously taught on POLI10502 The Politics of the Global Economy and on POLI20711 The Politics of Globalisation

In 2022-2023,  I taught both on undergraduate and master’s level modules.


POLI10502 The Politics of the Global Economy

POLI31002 Ideologies of Global Capitalism


POEC61011 Theoretical Approaches to Political Economy

POLI60312 Research Design and Skills

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Politics, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 29 Jul 2022

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Political Economy
  • Gender and Feminist Theory
  • Economic Geography
  • Social reproduction
  • Household Finance
  • Energy
  • Everyday Life

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Energy
  • Global inequalities


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