Dimitris Papadimitriou

Dimitris Papadimitriou


  • Professor of Political Science, Politics

Personal profile



I joined Politics in September 2003, having previously held academic posts at the London School of Economics (Fellow), theUniversity of Bradford (Lecturer) and the University of Leeds (Associate Lecturer). In 2006/7 (Fall/Spring Term) I was a S.J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellow at Princeton University (2006/7). In 2010 I was a Visiting Fellow at the Macmillan Center of International and Area Studies, Yale University (Spring Term) and a National Bank of Greece Senior Research Fellow at the European Institute of the London School of Economics (Summer Term).

I am the Director of the the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE) and the Co-Editor of the book series on European Politics at Manchester University Press.


Media Availability

Yes (English and Greek, written and spoken)

Research interests

My research interests revolve around two main themes: contemporary Greek and EU public policy and the European Union's external relations.

My current interests focus οn the discursive and public policy implications of Greece's bailouts and on Prime Ministerial leadership and the management of the core executive since the country's transition to democracy. I have recently co-authored Prime Ministers in Greece: the paradox of power (OUP, 2015) with K. Featherstone (LSE), building on a large number of elite interviews and extensive primary material from Greece and other international comparators. Previously, I co-authored The Limits of Europeanisation: reform capacity and policy conflict in Greece (Palgrave, 2008, with K. Featherstone), the EU’s Lisbon Agenda: evaluating success, understanding failure (Palgrave, 2012 with P. Copeland) and The Last Ottomans: the Muslim Minority of Greece, 1940-49 (Palgrave, 2011, with K. Featherstone, A. Mamarelis and G. Niarchos). I have also published widely on Greece’s political economy, including welfare reform, privatisation and the labour market. More recently I have co-authored book chapters on the political economy of the Greek crisis and on the Europeanisation of Greece since its membership of the European Union.    

On the EU's external relations, I have recently co-edited (with D. Baltag and N. Surubaru) The European Union and Central and Eastern Europe: assessing performance (Routledge, 2018). Previously, I published Negotiating the New Europe (Ashgate, 2002) and From Marginalisation to Membership: Romania and the European Union (Routledge, 2008 with D. Phinnemore. *** Winner of best book by the Irish Political Studies Association in 2009***). I have also written extensively on EU enlargement, the EU’s relations with the Balkans and its state-building engagement in Kosovo and its near abroad.

Supervision information

  1. The neoliberalisation process in Italy after the 2011 sovereign debt crisis: social forces, consensus and common sense (Davide Monaco, completed in 2023)
  2. Greece's Financial Crises of 1930s and 2010s (Konstantinos Kannelopoulos, completed in 2023) 
  3. Strategic Decision-Making in Times of War:  EU-Ukraine-Russia Relations During the First Year of the Conflict in Ukraine (Alina Nychyk, completed in 2022)
  4. Global Europe and SMEs in Sweden and Greece (Konrad Sobczyk, completed in 2021)
  5. British Eurosceptic Disources (Ewan Munro, completed in 2020)
  6. Global Transformations and the British Working Class, 1997-2010 (William Harvey, completed in 2019)
  7. The EU's Green Line Regulation in Cyprus (Fadil Ersozer, completed in 2018)
  8. Identity and Citizenship Rights of Turkish Immigrants in Northern Cyprus (Mustafa Cirakli, completed in 2017)
  9. Immigration policies in Greece (Ismini Lefa, completed in 2017)
  10. The Origins and Evolution of the European External Action Service (Kristina Prismantaite, completed in 2016)
  11. New Member States and Energy Policy in the European Union (Thomas Maltby, completed in 2015)
  12. EU Conditionality in the Context of the Eastern and Southeastern Enlargement of the European Union (Eli Gateva, completed in 2012)
  13. The External Dimension of the EU's Justice and Home Affairs Policy (Simon Orth, completed in 2012)
  14. EU enlargement and democratisation in Turkey (Bilge Azgin, completed in 2012)
  15. The European Union and the Europeanisation of the Turkish Cypriot Community (George Kyris, completed in 2011)
  16. Historical Institutionalism and the European Security and Defense Policy (Petar Petrov, completed 2009)
  17. Europeanisation and Communist Parties in Cyprus, Greece and Italy (George Charalambous completed 2008)
  18. Europeanisation and the European Airline Industry: the case of Olympic airways and Cyprus Airways (Adonis Pegasiou, completed 2008)
  19. Educational and Religious Rights of the Muslim Minority in Greece and the Greek Orthodox Minority in Turkey (Georgios Niarchos, completed in 2005, LSE)
  20. The 5/42 Regiment of Evzones during Greece's Occupation (1941-44) (Argyris Mamarelis, completed in 2003, LSE)   

Other teaching information


POLI70381 The European Union: politics and policy making



POLI21012 Southern European Politics

POLI30031 Politics of the European Union

Activities and esteem


My co-authored (with Kevin Featherstone) book Prime Ministers in Greece: the paradox of power (Oxford University Press, 2015)) was shortlisted for the Runchiman Award, 2016 (http://runcimanaward.org/)   



Co-editor (with Kathryn Simpson and Paul Tobin) of the book series on European Politics by Manchester University Press



Director of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2010-2022) (http://www.manchesterjmce.ac.uk/)

In charge of managing all aspects of the JMCE’s activities, including budgeting and heading its Steering Committee. The Centre brings together stakeholders from all five Schools within the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester as well as academic departments/centres from Manchester Metropolitan University. The Centre funds a number of research, teaching and outreach activities on Europe and runs a regular seminar series and high profile Annual Lectures and Special Events. 


Policy Consultancy

Adviser to the European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg, 10.1.2016. 

Assessing the EU’s bailout strategy in Greece and heading a day-long training seminar with ECA officials responsible for drafting an official report on this issue.


Expert Adviser to the European Parliament’s Budget Committee, Brussels, 7.4.2014.  Assessing the performance of the Lisbon Agenda and the Europe 2020 economic strategy. This activity was linked to the publication of my (with P. Copeland) edited volume on this subject by Palgrave. (2012).



Invited Lectures (selective)

D. Papadimitriou, The Greek economic crisis and its implications for European integration, talk delivered to Reforming the EU: Central European Perspectives, Hungarian Europe Society, 28 October 2018

D. Papadimitriou (with K. Featherstone), Greek Prime Ministers: the Paradox of Power, European Court of Auditors, 11 January 2016 

D. Papadimitriou (with K. Featherstone), Greek Prime Ministers: the Paradox of Power, London School of Economics, 7 October 2015 

D. Papadimitriou, The Shape of Things to Come: reflections on the Greek Crisis, Annual lecture of the Centre of European Research, Queens Mary University London, 2 March 2015

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The European Union and Eastern Europe

1 Oct 19951 Jul 1999

Award Date: 1 Jul 1999

Unknown, Master of Arts, MA in East European Studies, University of Bradford

1 Oct 19941 Dec 1995

Award Date: 1 Dec 1995

Unknown, Bachelor of Social Science, BA in Political Science and Public Administration, National & Capodistrian University of Athens

1 Sept 19901 Jul 1994

Award Date: 1 Jul 1994

External positions

Research Associate (Hellenic Observatory), London School of Economics & Political Science (University of London)

Areas of expertise

  • JA Political science (General)
  • European Union
  • Greece
  • Eastern Europe
  • Europeanisation
  • Core Executive
  • State building

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