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Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Economics at the Department of Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship at Aston University and the lead for the Digital Economy and Innovation theme at the Centre for Business Prosperity. I have previously held research posts in the University of Birmingham, Plymouth University, LSE and University of Macedonia. I have non-academic work experience in the public and private sector.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the spatial manifestation of socioeconomic phenomena with a focus on regional development. Indicative areas below:

Regional economic resilience

Digital Economies

Creative Industries

Innovation

Entrepreneurship

Electoral politics

University impacts on regional development

Green jobs

Qualifications

BSc Economics - University of Macedonia (Greece)

MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies - LSE (UK)

PhD Business and Management (Economics) - Plymouth University (UK)

Research Projects/Collaborations

  • British Academy, Innovation Fellowships Scheme 2022-23 (Route B: Policy-led; Governance, Trust and Voice). Working with the Levelling Up Advisory Council at the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. (IF23RBP\230040, £96,664)
  • The impact of digital economies on interregional inequalities, funded by Facebook. (Co-I, 2020-2021, c. $97,000). 
  • ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PI, 2018-2019, c. £116,000, ES/S011226/1). ‘Developing a strategy for economic resilience in the West Midlands Combined Authority: The role of skills and industrial structure’.
  • UK Space Agency cluster grant (Researcher, 0.1FTE, 2020-2021, c. £79,000). ‘Local Space Cluster Development Support Programme’. Contribution to bid.
  • ESRC - LIPSIT (Local Institutions, Productivity, Sustainability & Inclusivity Trade-offs) (Researcher, 0.4FTE for 9 months to December 2020, c. £850,000, ES/T002468/1).
  • AHRC/ISCF Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (Researcher, 0.3FTE 2019-2021. c. £280,000, AH/S001298/1). 
  • University of Birmingham Business School Research Fund (PI, £1,500, 2018) – Funding for continuing collaboration on the project “Electoral politics and the inter-governmental allocation of resources: Evidence from Greece”.
  • 2 x University of Birmingham – European Commission seed corn fund (PI, £2,000 – 2017; £3,000 – 2018). Funding for expanding collaboration on the project “Inter-Municipal Rent Seeking Game: A panel analysis for distributive politics in Greece during 2000-2010”. 
  • ESRC Impact Accelerator Account (Researcher, 2017-2018, c.£15,000). Project “Developing an innovative and collaborative approach to localised industrial strategy delivery for the West Midlands”.

Awards

  • Full-time competitive scholarship (PI, c. £50,000, 2013-2016) from Plymouth University to undertake PhD studies.
  • Full-time competitive scholarship (PI, c. €10,000, 2006) from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation for my MSc studies.
  • 2 x Performance scholarships from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation (PI, £1,200 – 2003; £1,200 – 2004). Awarded to the top 5 performing students for each of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of studies.

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

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