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George Kalpadakis

Visiting Scholar 2021-2022


George Kalpadakis

George Kalpadakis is a Senior Researcher at the Modern Greek History Research Center of the Academy of Athens (KEINE). He is a research fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and has been a visiting scholar at the Center of Development Studies at University of Cambridge.

His research interests lie in the fields of foreign policy and diplomatic relations in Southeast Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. During his time at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Kalpadakis will continue his research on economic development of small states in the European Union which is funded by Fulbright Greece. His work will focus specifically on initiatives undertaken by civil society actors and government institutions in Greece to offset the effects of the economic adjustment programs and what impact these have on small states.

Kalpadakis has held numerous positions in the Greek government, including as chief of staff of the deputy prime minister, coordinator of the Government Council of Economic Policy, and chief of staff of the Minister of Finance as well as adviser to the deputy speaker of Parliament and chairman of the subcommittee on the European Social Charter of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly.

He has taught at University of Crete and University of Thrace. He received his Ph.D. in history and political science from University of Athens in 2009. He also holds a B.Sc. from University College London (UCL) and an M.Sc. from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


  • Senior Researcher, Modern Greek History Research Center of the Academy of Athens (KEINE)
  • Research Fellow, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)
  • Visiting Scholar 2021-2022, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

Small state strategies in the EU, civil society and human rights.


International Relations
Political Science

Areas of Expertise

European Union
  • Foreign Policy
  • Small States


Kalpadakis, G. (2022) Safeguarding Ontological Security and the Specter of a Creedless Utopia, CES Open Forum Series no. 50.

Kalpadakis, G. (2022) 'Demographic engineering and the Unionist legacy, From Empire to nation-states: Population displacements and multiple mobilities in the Late Ottoman Empire' in Severin-Barboutie, B. and Horel, C. (eds.) Leiden: Brill.

Kalpadakis, G. (2022) 'Deactivating the Macedonian 'torpedo': Greek-Yugoslav relations during the Cold War, borders in Southeast Europe' in Lauth Bacas, J. and Neumann, C. (eds). Südosteuropa - Jahrbuch. Vol. 45. Bern: Peter Lang.

Kalpadakis, G. (2021) The Cyprus issue, 1956-1974: Judicious integration and the perennial Diligiannis. [In Greek] 2nd edn. Athens: Papazisis.