Giorgos studied political science at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he also received an MA (2009) and PhD (2015). He has worked as a postdoctoral researcher and an adjunct lecturer at the same department, where he has also been a member of the POPULISMUS research team since 2014. Giorgos is the managing editor of the interactive map of the Observatory of Populist Discourse and a member of the interdisciplinary Centre for the study of Democracy, Signification and Resistance (DESIRE), coordinated by Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He joined POLIS at Loughborough University in November 2017. He is the founder and convener of the Populism Research Group (PRG) at Loughborough, which was established in September 2018.

Giorgios research is located at the intersections of critical political theory and comparative politics with a special focus on populism and discourse analysis. He is also interested in contemporary theories of democracy, social movements, Greek politics and the European radical left. His articles and reviews have appeared in various peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Political IdeologiesThe Political Quarterly, ConstellationsEuropean Politics and SocietyEuropean Political ScienceJavnost–The PublicCritical Discourse Studies and Political Studies Review. He has co-edited the volumes Radical Democracy and Collective Movements Today (Ashgate, 2014), and The Populist Radical Left in Europe (Routledge, 2019).

In previous positions, Giorgos has taught or contributed to modules on discourse analysis, methodology, political ideologies and theories of democracies. At Loughborough, he is module leader for The Populist Challenge to Democracy (EUC680) and Comparative European Politics (EUB604-620).

  • Lazaros Karavasilis, ‘Populism and other -isms: comparing right- and left-wing populism in Greece and Germany’
  • Stavros Kartsonas, ‘Psychopolitics and Resistance: The Case of Syriza during the period 2009-19’
  • Panos Panayotou, ‘Towards a Transnational Populism. A Chance for Democracy in the Era of Neoliberal Globalization?’ 
  • Maria Tsiko, ‘Populist Voices in the USA: Comparing Right- and Left-Wing Populists’
  • Jana Goyvaerts, ‘Media discourses about populism: protecting what kind of democracy?’ (the student studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel; I am a member of her PhD committee/begeleidingscommissie)
The Populist Radical Left in Europe book cover

The Populist Radical Left in Europe

2019 – Routledge
By Giorgos Katsambekis, Alexandros Kioupkiolis

Building on a comprehensive theoretical framework that draws on discursive and ideational approaches to populism, this volume offers a comparative mapping of the Populist Radical Left in contemporary Europe. It explores the novel discursive, political and organisational features of several political actors, as well as the conditions of their emergence and success, while being alert to the role of relevant social movements. Chapters feature case studies of the Greek party Syriza, the Spanish Podemos, the German Die Linke, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and France’s Insoumise, the Dutch Socialist Party and the Slovenian Levica.

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Radical Democracy and Collective Movements Today

Radical Democracy and Collective Movements Today

2014 – Routledge
By Alexandros Kioupkiolis, Giorgos Katsambekis

The 'Arab spring', the Spanish indignados, the Greek aganaktismenoi and the Occupy Wall Street movement all share a number of distinctive traits; they made extensive use of social networking and were committed to the direct democratic participation of all as they co-ordinated and conducted their actions. Leaderless and self-organized, they were socially and ideologically heterogeneous, dismissing fixed agendas or ideologies. Still, the assembled multitudes that animated these mobilizations often claimed to speak in the name of ’the people’, and they aspired to empowered forms of egalitarian self-government in common.

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  • (ed.) Radical Democracy and Collective Movements Today: The Biopolitics of the Multitude versus the Hegemony of the People (with A. Kioupkiolis), Farnham: Ashgate, 2014 (re-launched in paperback by Routledge in 2016). [More information on the volume here]

Also translated in Turkish edition by Koç University Press, 2016 [More information about the Turkish edition here]

  • (ed.) The Populist Radical Left in Europe (with A. Kioupkiolis), London: Routledge, 2019. [More information on the volume here]

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

  • (2019) ‘The populism/anti-populism frontier and its mediationin crisis-ridden Greece’ (with Y. Stavrakakis), European Political Science, 18(1), pp. 37-52. DOI: 10.1057/s41304-017-0138-3 [link]
  • (2018) ‘Populism, Anti-populism and Crisis’ (with Y. Stavrakakis, A. Kioupkiolis, N. Nikisianis, T. Siomos), Contemporary Political Theory, 17(1), pp. 4-27. DOI: 10.1057/s41296-017-0142-y [link]
  • (2017) ‘Revisiting the Nationalism/Populism Nexus: Lessons from the Greek Case,’ (with Y. Stavrakakis), Javnost - The Public, 24(4), pp. 391-408. DOI: 10.1080/13183222.2017.1330087 [link]
  • (2017) ‘The populist surge in post-democratic times. Theoretical and political challenges,’ The Political Quarterly, 88(2), pp. 202-210. DOI: 10.1111/1467-923X.12317. [link]
  • (2016) ‘Radical Left Populism in contemporary Greece: SYRIZA’s trajectory from minoritarian opposition to power’, Constellations, 23(3), pp. 391-403. DOI: 10.1111/1467-8675.12234. [link]
  • (2014) ‘Left-wing Populism in the European Periphery: The Case of SYRIZA’ (with Y. Stavrakakis), Journal of Political Ideologies, 19(2), pp. 119-142. DOI: 10.1080/13569317.2014.909266. [link]