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Academic Biography

Dr. Georgios Papanicolaou is Associate Professor in Criminology at Teesside University, UK. He has studied law and penal sciences at the University of Athens, Greece and criminology and criminal justice at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Georgios has worked at Teesside since 2008 and has been actively involved in research and teaching since.

Summary of Research Interests

Georgios's research has developed around the following themes:

  • The political economy of policing and security; the historical development, organisation and functions of the police in national and transnational context.
  • The political economy of organised crime, studied in the context of various illegal markets, and particularly in the context of illegal migration, human smuggling and trafficking.
  • Policing, democracy and strategies for innovation and reform.

Research Projects & External Funding

British Academy Small Project grant ‘Colonial state,society and the underground economy in Italian Rhodes 1912–1943’ – Grant holder and Primary Investigator.  Ref: SG132031, 2014-2016.

PhD and Research Opportunities

Georgios would welcome applications from potential Ph.D candidates aiming to conduct theoretical and empirical research relating to his research interests.

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Member of the Board of the Greek Society for the Study of Crime and Social Control
  • Member of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, British Society of Criminology, Hellenic Society of Criminology, International Association for the Study of Organised Crime
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Trends in Organised Crime
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Antigone: the question (Journal of the. Greek Society for the Study of Crime and Social Control). 


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