Panos Panayotu

Panos Panayotu

  • PhD Researcher

I joined Loughborough University in July 2018. My PhD project aspires to contribute to the development of the under-researched concept of "Transnational Populism" and to explore its possibilities in reinvigorating democratic politics in the present conjuncture. My research interests include post-structuralist discourse theory, populism, nationalism, transnational social movements, theories of democracy and ideology, and Lacanian theory.

Academic Bio

  • 2015 - 2016: Master's Degree in Ideology and Discourse Analysis, University of Essex
  • 2010 - 2015: Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

2017 - 2018: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Essex. Modules: GV110 Scientific Reasoning for the Social Sciences, GV271 European Union: Institutions and Policies, SC111 The Sociological Imagination.


  • Towards a Transnational Populism. A Chance for Democracy? in PHD MASTERCLASS ‘Discourse Theoretical Approaches to Politics, Society, Communication and Media’, Brussels, 6 February.
  • The Transnational Dimension of Populism. A Way Forward? 3rd Annual Workshop of the Populism Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association (PSA) which was held at Loughborough University, 12-13 April.
  • Articulating the National and the Transnational Aspects of Populism. The Case of DiEM25, 69th PSA Annual International Conference, Nottingham Trent University, 15-17 April.
  • Is Transnational Populism Possible? A Theoretical and Methodological Approach, seminar of the Research Network for the Analysis of Political Discourse of the Hellenic Political Science Association in Athens on the 10th of May
  • Transnational Populism and the European Union. An Uneasy Alliance?, International Conference: ‘Logics, Critical Explanation and the Future of Critical Political Theory: Applying Discourse Analysis in Multiple Contexts’, University of Essex, 31 May – 1 June.


  • Heading Towards Transnationalism or Returning to the Nation-State? Left-wing Populism After Syriza's Capitulation, PSA 68th Annual International Conference, Cardiff, March. 


  • Populism Without Apologies, IDA Conference "Populism and Constructing a People", University of Essex, June. 
  • Towards a Transnational Populism. The Case of DiEM25, PSA 67th Annual International Conference, Glasgow, April.
  • From National to Transnational Populism: Possibilities, Limits and Impasses, PSA Populism Specialist Group Workshop "Populism and the Nation State", Kings College London, April. Presented also at the IPA Conference "Activism, Populism, and the Future of the Democratic State", De Montfort University, Leicester, July. 


  • A Psychoanalysis of Capitalist Crisis: European South, the Weak Link in the System?, 16th Annual Conference of Greek Historians of Economic Thought, Athens, June.
  • De Cleen, B., Moffitt, B., Panayotu, P., and Stavrakakis, Y. (2019). The Potentials and Difficulties of Transnational Populism: The Case of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25). Political Studies.
  • Panayotu, Panos (2017), Towards a Transnational Populism: A Chance for European Democracy (?) —the Case of DiEM25, POPULISMUS Working Paper 5. Thessaloniki.