Funded Research and Projects

“Thales” – Evaluation of the Greek Non Governmental Organizations»

Coordinator at PSIR: Asteris Huliaras, Professor.

The main objectives of the project  are: first, to study the organized Greek civil society sector; second,  to examine/analyze different methods of NGO evaluation used internationally and develop an all-inclusive approach; third, to evaluate Greek NGOs according to different criteria (accountability, transparency, efficiency, etc.) and create an Index of NGO Credibility and fourth, to make a number of policy proposals. The researchers participating come from 9 Universities and 3 Research Institutions in Greece and abroad.

EU European Social Fund - Education and Lifelong Learning - Co-financed by Greece and the European Union

Co-financed by Greece and the European Union
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Jean Monnet Chair: EU’s Relations with Less Developed Countries

Jean Monnet Chair holder (2012-2015): Asteris Huliaras, Professor.

The Jean Monnet Chair on EU Relations with the Less Developed World is a multidisciplinary teaching, research and training programme, funded by the European Commission. The Chair is devoted to teaching and research on Europe’s external relations with less developed regions and countries in the post-conflict reconstruction phase in Africa, East Asia and the western Balkans. Moreover, the Chair also focuses on training. The programme includes the delivery of two undergraduate modules and two post-graduate seminars,  research, organization of international conferences, additional educational programs and events for information dissemination.

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“Heraclitus” Programme

The Heraclitus programme (funded by the National Strategic Reference Framework – NSRF 2007-2015) awards research scholarships to PhD candidates for completing their PhD thesis. Within PSIR the following PhD candidates have been awarded scholarships (in alphabetical order by Surname):

  1. Daphne Athanassouli
    PhD Thesis Title (In Greek): “Συγκριτική ανάλυση της διαφθοράς και ανάπτυξης επιχειρήσεων στη Νότια Ευρώπη, την Ανατολική Ευρώπη και την Κεντρική Ασία” (Comparative analysis of corruption and firm development in Southern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia)
    Scholarship Duration: 01/09/2010 – 31/08/2013
    Supervisor: Pantelis Sklias
  2. Marina Eleftheriadou
    PhD Thesis Title (In Greek): “Ανταρτοπόλεμος και Διασυνοριακές Βάσεις (Safe Haven), Οι Διεθνείς Σχέσεις των Ασσύμετρων Συγκρούσεων” (Guerilla war and safe havens. The International Relations of asymmetric conflicts)
    Scholarship duration: 01/09/2010 – 31/08/2013
    Supervisor: Sotiris Roussos
  3. Vasiliki Petsa
    PhD Thesis Title (In Greek): “Πολιτική βία, τρόμος και μνήμη στη σύγχρονη ελληνική και ιταλική λογοτεχνία” (Political violence, terror and memory in contemporary Greek and Italian Literature)
    Scholarship duration: 01/09/2010 – 31/08/2013
    Supervisor: Vasiliki Lalagianni

Migrant Language and Social Integration

Coordinator at PSIR:

The EU-funded project entitled ‘Migrant Language and Social Integration’ – in short Mingle – started on November 1st 2012 and will last until October 31st 2014. We aim at teaching Greek and Italian to Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants in Greece, Cyprus and Italy respectively.

The project is managed and coordinated by the Greek software company EXUS S.A and project partners are located in Greece, Cyprus and Italy:

  • Greece, Tripoli: University of Peloponnese (UoP)
  • Greece, Athens: KMOP
  • Cyprus: Cyprus Neu-roscience and Tech-nology Institute (CNTI)
  • Italy: Anziani e non solo soc. Coop. (ANS)

MINGLE is conceived as a way of integrating migrants into society and particularly the workforce of the receiving country. The target groups are migrants from Romania and Bulgaria to Italy, Greece and Cyprus, respectively. Learning the language of the host country will help the target groups secure a relevant job and very importantly facilitate their integration into the new country of residence and workplace.
Integration will be achieved by developing a web-based, easy-to-access, easy-to-use Distance Learning Application (DLA), and the respective educational content, for teaching the language of the receiving country to the migrants. Access to the application and the content will be provided to migrant workers and anyone interested in using the application free of charge.
During the project, 30 migrants in each hosting country will be involved leading to a total of 90 users. Users may be people who have just arrived or are already living in the hosting counties, looking for work in tourism or care. These groups will also evaluate the pilot system for a period of at least 4 months, providing the consortium with feedback on the efficacy and effectiveness of the overall educational system, content and application.

MINGLE’s Goals

  • Enhance migrants’ quality of life.
  • Facilitate their integra-tion to local society.
  • Assist migrants become active members of the receiving society.
  • Improve their access to language training courses and other guidance and counseling material
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