CR. E. DI. T. T. GR

The research team

Our research team consists of:


Revecca Pedi is an Assistant Professor of International Relations Theory at the Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia. Her research interests include: the International Relations of Small States, the International Relations of the EU, Entrepreneurship and International Relations, the role of Diaspora in Small States. Revecca has participated in research projects funded by the European Union and other International Organizations. Her publications appear in international peer-reviewed journals and collective volumes published by distinguished international publishing houses. Her publications include: Pedi, R. (2020) Small States in Europe as Buffer Between East and West. In G. Baldacchino & A. Wivel (eds.). Research Handbook on the Politics of Small States. Cheltenham. UK: Edward Elgar Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-78811-292-5;  Pedi, R. (2019) The (Small) State of the Union: Assessing the EU’s Ability to Implement Its Global Strategy. New Perspectives Interdisciplinary Journal of Central and East European Politics and IR, Vol 27(1); Pedi, R. (2019) From the ‘Small but Smart State’ to the ‘Small and Entrepreneurial State’: Introducing a Framework for Effective Small State Strategies within the EU and Beyond, Baltic Journal of European Studies, Vol 9(1) (with Katerina Sarri). Pedi, R., (2018) Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean: A Small State Seeking for Status. In S. Litsas and A. Tziampiris (eds). The New Eastern Mediterranean. New York: Springer. (with Ilias Kouskouvelis); Pedi, R., (2017) Greece in the aftermath of the economic crisis needs to change its strategy in the international system: Choosing between Melians and David.  Ιn Marangos J., (ed.), The Internal Impact and External Influence of the Greek Financial Crisis, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.  In the past, she has worked in the field of strategic communication in the private sector and in the Hellenic Culture Organization. He holds a PhD in International Relations, which was awarded with distinction from the University of Macedonia. Prior to her doctorate, she pursued postgraduate studies in International Political Economy (MA) at the University of Sheffield, -Awarded with Distinction- and International Relations (MPhil) at Cambridge University, with a scholarship funded by the Cambridge European Trust.



Ioannis Konstantinidis (1975) holds a Ph.D. in British Politics from the Department of Government, University of Essex, UK. He has also studied Quantitative Methods (MA) at the University of Essex and Computer Science (BSc) at the University of Macedonia, Greece. He is currently an Associate Professor in Political Behaviour and Research Methodology at the Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia, Greece. In the past, he has served as the Director of the Institute for Progressive Policies “Pi Square – Progress in Practice”. His research interests focus on voting behaviour and political parties. He is the author of Making Choices (Tziola, 2017 [in Greek]) and he is co-editor (with N.Marantzidis and T.S.Pappas) of Parties and Politics in Greece: New Developments (Kritiki, 2009 [in Greek]) and editor of the Greek edition of Tim Bale’s European Politics: A Comparative Approach originally published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008 (Kritiki, 2011) as well as the Greek edition of Rod Hague’s and Martin Harrop’sComparative Politics and Government originally published by Palgrave in 2005 (Kritiki, 2012) and Kenneth Newton’s and Jan W. Van Deth’sFoundations of Comparative Politics published by Cambridge University Press in 2016 (Tziolas, 2017). Most recent journal publications appear in Party Politics,Crime, Law and Social Change, Comparative European Politics, Representation, Journal of Political Marketing, International and European Politics. From 2012 to 2015, he has been the principal co-ordinator of an EU-funded, three-year research project on measuring political radicalism in Greece. He has also been involved as a member of the Main Research Team in four other EU-funded research projects during the same period. He is the founder of the Greek Elections, Public Opinion and Parties Standing Group of the Hellenic Political Science Association and Member of the Executive Committee of the Hellenic Political Science Association. He has also been the Academic Coordinator of the Public Opinion Research Unit of the University of Macedonia from 2010 until May 2015. From June 2015 to April 2017, he has also worked as a head director in the polling business.



Anastasia Blouchoutzi is a Research Fellow at the University of Macedonia. She holds a BA in International Studies, an MSc in International Economics and a PhD in the Economics of Migration. Her research interests include International Migration, International Economics and Macroeconomics. She is currently working on the CR.E.DI.T.T.GR. project, funded by the “Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation” examining the tendencies of Diaspora towards Greece and on a “Horizon 2020” project, focusing on the governance of migration and the impact of the asylum crisis. She has considerable research experience in various Greek and EU-funded projects like Erasmus+ and Interreg Europe. She speaks five languages and she has ten years’ experience in project management.

Anastasia’s publications include among others the articles: i) Blouchoutzi, A. and Nikas, C. (forthcoming) Immigration and Growth: The Case of Greece, In Nikas, C. (eds.), Economic Growth in the European Union, Berlin: Springer, ii) Blouchoutzi, A., Digkoglou, P., Papathanasiou, J., and Nikas, C. (forthcoming) An evaluation on the effectiveness of labor market integration policies in EU Member States using PROMETHEE, International Journal of Operations Research, iii) Blouchoutzi, A. (2019) The unemployment-output relationship for the native labour force in Greece: Focusing on the differences between Okun’s coefficient for the natives and the immigrants in the country, Archives of Economic History, XXXI (1-2), pp. 99-109, iv) Nikas, C. and Blouchoutzi, A. (2014) Emigrants’ remittances and the “Dutch Disease” in small transition economies: the case of Albania and Moldova, Romanian Statistical Review, 1/2014, pp. 45-65 v) Blouchoutzi, A. and Nikas, C. (2010) Τhe macroeconomic implications of emigrants’ remittances: The case of Romania, Bulgaria and Albania. Post-Communist Economies, 22 (4), 547-558. In the last two years she has also participated with seven papers in peer-reviewed international conferences.



Angeliki Baltzi is belongs to the Specialized Technical Laboratory Staff of the University of Macedonia. Angeliki holds a BA from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering of Polytechnic School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She has a strong background in Mathematics and Statistics, a good knowledge of English and a very good knowledge of German. Angeliki has excellent computer skills and is specialized in statistical software packages, websites management and MS-Office. Angeliki has extensive experience in project management in the public and private sectors. She has also worked as a project analyst, analyzing data, producing reports of techno-economic analysis and preparing reports for quality control, cost estimation, material estimation and work planning.