Sotirios Karampampas

BA (Athens), MA (Bradford)

PhD Research Student

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Working Thesis Title: Why is the Phenomenon of Revolutionary Groups Resilient in Greece? A Comparative Analysis of the Trajectories of Revolutionary Groups in Greece and Italy (1975-2015)

Start Year: 2012

Supervisors: Dr Maria Grasso and Dr Rhiannon Vickers

Research Topic:

My PhD thesis concerns itself with a research puzzle. Why is the phenomenon of Revolutionary Groups still present in Greece? This puzzle will be addressed and some answers will be proposed, with reference to the comparison with the phenomenon in Italy, examining the period 1975-2015. Italy and Greece share profound similarities in political make-up, traditions and national histories, and yet, the phenomenon of revolutionary groups presents opposing trajectories. This phenomenon has but almost disappeared in Italy but it is still alive and well in Greece. Why is this the case?

Consequently, this thesis employs a multi-method approach, along with the use of both primary and secondary data. In particular, different methods will be used, such as event data analysis, discourse analysis, and semi-structured interviews, in order to facilitate the best treatment of the different sources of information. First and foremost, in order to unveil the reasons behind the remarkable resilience of the phenomenon of revolutionary terrorism in Greece this thesis will adopt a historical comparative method and will compare the case of Greece with that of Italy. Afterwards, a historical comparison between the two different generations of Greek revolutionary groups will be conducted, in order to highlight the similarities and differences of the two and to trace the possible continuities of the phenomenon during its long-lasting course. 

Research Questions:

  • What have been the causes of the resilience for more than four decades of revolutionary groups in Greece?

  • What were the causes of the emergence of revolutionary terrorism in Greece?

  • What are the similarities and differences of the phenomenon in Greece and Italy?

  • What are the continuities and discontinuities of the two different generations of Greek terrorist organizations?

Research Interests:

  • Political Violence and Terrorism

  • Social Movements and Social Movement Theory

  • IR Theory and Security Studies

  • European Crisis and Greece

  • The Rise of Extreme Right

Research Group Membership:

  • Governance and Participation Research Group
  • International Politics Research Group

Teaching Experience

  • Level 1 -  POL 111 – The Politics of Globalisation
  • Level 2 – POL230 – Contemporary Security Challenges


Conference Papers

  • 2013, “Austerity as a Catalyst for Political Change: The Role of the Economic Crisis and the Austerity Measures in the Metamorphosis of Greek Politics,” XVII SISP Annual Conference, University of Florence, Florence, Italy, 13 September
  • 2013, "Cycles of Protest and the Rise of the Extremes: Political Violence in Greece in the Era of the Economic Crisis," 7th ECPR General Conference, Sciences Po, Bordeaux, France, 5 September
  • 2012, "Applying Social Movement Theory in Terrorism Research: The Case of Greek Revolutionary Terrorism," Theory, Action and Impact of Social Protest: An Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, 14 October

Previous Education

  • 2008-2009: MA in International Politics and Security Studies at the University of Bradford
  • 2003-2008: BA in Political Sciences and Public Administration at the University of Athens


Greek, Spanish and Russian

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