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Georgios Samaras

Dr Georgios Samaras

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Public Policy

Research interests

  • Politics

Biography

Dr Georgios Samaras holds the position of Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Public Policy at the International School for Government and Policy Institute, King’s College London. Previously, he served as a Lecturer in Political Economy at the Department of Political Economy during the academic year 2022/23.

He obtained his PhD in Political Science and his MA in Education Policy from King’s College London. His doctoral research centred on the emergence of the far-right Greek neo-Nazi party ‘Golden Dawn’, analysing its impact on voting behaviour and the online mobilisation of the broader far-right in Greece amidst economic crisis.

His research scope has broadened to include investigations into communication strategies employed by far-right extremist groups in the 21st century. Additionally, he delves into unconstitutional practices within politics and formulates policy measures to counteract instances of democratic norm abuse.

Dr Samaras is currently leading a study on Greek voting behaviour funded by the ETERON Institute. Furthermore, he holds the position of Senior Research Associate at the ENA Institute in Athens, Greece.

From 2019 to 2022, he lectured on politics at University College London and the London School of Economics. Dr Samaras also serves as a political adviser in Greece and is recognised as a Fellow of the Populism Team and the Higher Education Academy of the UK.

Research interests

  • Political Communication
  • Mobilisation
  • Far-right Politics
  • Media Policy

Research

Georgios is a scholar with a keen interest in the political economy of media, as well as the implementation of policies for regulating social networking. In his forthcoming monograph, he delves into the emergence of far-right politics in Greece, examining the underlying factors that have led to support for extreme political entities.

PhD supervision

Georgios is currently seeking to supervise PhD students with a focus on the following areas of research:

  • Policy responses to far-right extremism
  • Media policy and mobilization
  • Political communication in Europe

If you are a PhD candidate interested in any of these areas, please reach out to him for potential supervision opportunities.

Teaching

  • Approaches to Policymaking
  • The Policy Process

    Research

    critical european
    The Critical European Studies Research Group

    This interdisciplinary research group in the Department of European and International Studies re-examines key concepts in Europe through a shared lens of critical theory. 

    Bolsonaro Yellow Background
    Authoritarianism and populism research group

    Examining the rise and effects of authoritarianism and populism.

    News

    The Policy Institute and Greek think tank ETERON announce new research partnership

    The new partnership will focus on in-depth studies of Greek voting behaviour and decision-making processes

    KCL x ETERON

    The far-right and the changing politics of Europe

    A new podcast episode explores how the far-right has seen its popularity grow across Europe in recent years and how this is changing the political landscape...

    Anti fascist demostration in Germany with placard saying learn from history

    International School for Government hosts European Capitals programme

    Participants had the opportunity to witness the inner workings of government

    Participants outside HM Treasury.

    Staff and students honoured at annual awards

    Outstanding students and staff from across the School of Politics and Economics (SPE) were honoured at an awards ceremony.

    SPEaward23John

    PhD research cast light on rise of far-right political party

    Understanding the rise to prominence of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in Greece formed the core of doctoral research undertaken by former PhD candidate...

    SPENewsStock

    Events

    18Marsurveillance cameras

    Democracy and the Role of Wiretapping in Modern Europe

    Democracy and the Role of Wiretapping in Modern Europe, an online panel discussion hosted by the Centre for the Study of Governance and Society.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    Features

    Swift Moves: Tackling Europe's Far-Right Tango with Taylor

    DR GEORGIOS SAMARAS on why a recent call for Taylor Swift to help with the upcoming European Parliament elections stems from concerns about the rise of the...

    Taylor Swift Eras Tour poster

      Research

      critical european
      The Critical European Studies Research Group

      This interdisciplinary research group in the Department of European and International Studies re-examines key concepts in Europe through a shared lens of critical theory. 

      Bolsonaro Yellow Background
      Authoritarianism and populism research group

      Examining the rise and effects of authoritarianism and populism.

      News

      The Policy Institute and Greek think tank ETERON announce new research partnership

      The new partnership will focus on in-depth studies of Greek voting behaviour and decision-making processes

      KCL x ETERON

      The far-right and the changing politics of Europe

      A new podcast episode explores how the far-right has seen its popularity grow across Europe in recent years and how this is changing the political landscape...

      Anti fascist demostration in Germany with placard saying learn from history

      International School for Government hosts European Capitals programme

      Participants had the opportunity to witness the inner workings of government

      Participants outside HM Treasury.

      Staff and students honoured at annual awards

      Outstanding students and staff from across the School of Politics and Economics (SPE) were honoured at an awards ceremony.

      SPEaward23John

      PhD research cast light on rise of far-right political party

      Understanding the rise to prominence of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in Greece formed the core of doctoral research undertaken by former PhD candidate...

      SPENewsStock

      Events

      18Marsurveillance cameras

      Democracy and the Role of Wiretapping in Modern Europe

      Democracy and the Role of Wiretapping in Modern Europe, an online panel discussion hosted by the Centre for the Study of Governance and Society.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      Features

      Swift Moves: Tackling Europe's Far-Right Tango with Taylor

      DR GEORGIOS SAMARAS on why a recent call for Taylor Swift to help with the upcoming European Parliament elections stems from concerns about the rise of the...

      Taylor Swift Eras Tour poster