Funded Research and Projects

Informant Diasporas in EurAfrica for Legal Migration (IDEAL-Migration)

Coordinator at PSIR: Asteris Huliaras, Professor.

The Project IDEAL-M, funded under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), aims to raise awareness about the dangers of illegal migration and misinformation about the journey to Europe as well as the actual conditions when reaching the hosting countries. The IDEAL-M is focusing on Senegal as a country of origin with the principal aim to inform Senegalese people about the benefits of legal migration through mobilizing the diaspora communities already settled in Europe and developing a communication campaign in Senegal.

Project Consortium: University of the Peloponnese (UoP) (Leader) – Greece, Providers of Social Responses to the Development (PRSD) – Portugal, African Media Association Malta (AMAM) – Malta, Migrafrica – Germany, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) – Spain, Greek Forum of Migrants (GFM) – Greece, Hellenic Agency for Local Development and Local Government (E.E.T.A.A.) – Greece.

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Ages of Marathon – Τ1ΕΔΚ-04639

Coordinator at PSIR: Nikitas-Spiros Koutsoukis, Associate Professor.

The aim of the project is to develop a specialized Digital Game on the Classic Marathon of Athens. The game, is designed to operate by a specialized platform of multi-dimensional computing graphics and synergies, and through the Internet and smart mobile devices. Further, it sets out to:

  • motivate athletes and support them to run the Athens Marathon
  • improve athletes’ knowledge about the history of the Athens Marathon, from ancient times until the present day
  • contribute to communicating and socializing athletes’ experiences with their relatives and friends,
  • develop synergies with agencies and institutions associated with the Athens Marathon to enhance the impact of the Marathon on athletics, culture, tourism, economics and society,
  • showcase participation and engagement of all sorts in the Athens Marathon as a unique and constructive experience of life.

EU Middle East Network In Action (EUMENIA)

Coordinator at PSIR: Nikolaos Tzifakis,Accosiate Professor.

EU-Middle East Network in Action (EUMENIA) is a Jean Monnet Network and is comprised of seven more institutions namely the University of Peloponnese – Greece, Istituto Affari Internazionali – Italy, Roskilde University – Denmark, BirZeit University – Palestine, Yasar University – Turkey, American University of Beirut – Lebanon and University of Jordan – Jordan. The rationale of this interdisciplinary partnership is to encourage exchange of academic best-practices, bridge the gap between policy-making and academic world and create a thematic transnational research group. EU-Middle East relations constitute a cornerstone of the EU’s external relations and engagement with its neighbourhood. How has the EU been constructed in the Middle East debate and how has the Middle East been constructed in the European debate? These interlinked fundamental questions will guide the work of the network as they have a direct impact on how the EU and the Middle East are constructed, taught and understood by the European and Middle Eastern societies, students, academics and policy makers.

This project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
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“Thales II: Mapping and evaluating Greek NGOs”

Coordinator at PSIR: Asteris Huliaras, Professor.

The project “Thales II: Mapping and evaluating Greek NGOs” has a duration of two  years and is implemented by the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of the Peloponnese in collaboration with the NGO HIGGS. Thales II is being funded by five charitable foundations: TIMA Charitable Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Athanassios K. Laskaridis Foundation, Captain Vassilis& Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation, John S Latsis Public Benefit Foundation

Thales II has the following objectives:

  • First, to continue mapping and evaluating the Greek NGO ecosystem, offering all stakeholders (NGOs, funders, volunteers, researchers, the media, the wider public, etc.) a complete and objective image of the sector.
  • Secondly, to include in the evaluation process new, qualitative criteria to complement the quantitative ones used in Thales I.
  • Thirdly, to explore the possibilities of improving the credibility of NGOs in Greece and
  • Fourthly, to promote volunteering, broaden participation, raise awareness, and increase visibility and donations.


“The Effects of the Refugee Crisis on Greek Νon-Governmental Organisations”

Coordinator at PSIR: Asteris Huliaras, Professor.

This research project aims to highlight the effects, positive and negative, of the current refugee crisis on the NGO ecosystem in Greece.

In particular, it seeks to answer the following questions:

  • How were the essential elements of the ecosystem affected? (number, size, staff, volunteers, funding, etc.)
  • How was the operation of NGOs in Greece affected? (organisational structures, quality of staff and volunteers, capacity, networking, etc.)
  • How were the relations between NGOs and the Greek State affected? (Institutional framework, coordination, facilities, etc.)

This project is co‐financed by Greece and the European Union (European Social Fund – ESF) through the Operational Program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning 2014-2020”

AMIF-2016-AG-INTE-01 Arts Together
Integrating migrant children at schools through artistic expression

Coordinator at PSIR: Asteris Huliaras, Professor.

The Arts Together project aims at developing and testing a curriculum based on artistic activities and collaborative approaches that will be used in order to equip teachers for dealing with diversity, fostering mutual understanding and respect among their students and improve the educational performance of migrant students. The activities will have direct beneficiaries, children of migrant background which will create a collaborative space with native children and will overcome linguistic and cultural barriers. The action will be mainstreamed by organizing events with educational organisation and public authorities providing policy recommendations at educational and schooling level.

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Jean Monnet “European-focused Policy Analytics – EuroPolA”

Coordinator at PSIR: Nikitas-Spiros Koutsoukis, Associate Professor.

European-focussed Policy Analytics (EuroPolA) is a new Jean Monnet module at the Dept. of Political Science and International Relations, and it is one active of the departmental and institutional Jean Monnet actions. EuroPolA is an introductory data analysis course based on a multidisciplinary approach and focusing exclusively on EU policies. The aim is to develop a policy-specific data analysis paradigm that combines knowledge and skills in (a) policy discourse analysis, (b) quantitative data analysis methods, (c) data retrieval and processing skills, and (d) skills in the use of integrated analysis software to performing [a-c].

For proof-of-concept, EuroPolA focuses on the following policy pillars:

  • EU external affairs and foreign relations
  • Regions and local development
Financed by Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Modules (575013-EPP-1-2016-1-EL-EPPJMO-MODULE)

Advancing the Third Sector through Innovation and Variation (Erasmus+)

Coordinator at PSIR: Asteris Huliaras, Professor.

ATSIV is an Erasmus+ project that aims at actively contributing to the professional development of NGO workers.  ATSIV analyzes the state and the needs of training across Eastern Europe; co-creates with stakeholders and in an open innovation manner, game-based curricula that will enable NGO workers to upgrade their competencies; develops an open virtual learning/co-creation & training environment in order to support virtual mobility towards active citizenship and social cohesion by reducing financial & disability barriers to transnational cooperation.

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“Blend-IN” (Erasmus+)

Coordinator at PSIR: Asteris Huliaras, Professor.

Blend-IN project aims to promote tolerance, diversity and intercultural learning in the European communities, enacting to positive change for different societal groups. The project promotes quality youth work, having as an objective to assist in the development of high-quality education for youth workers. In this respect, Blend-IN project, will gather and educate youth workers, giving them the necessary tools and know-how to handle the vast responsibility of nurturing, managing, and inspiring their local communities. The action will be mainstreamed through staff training and mobility for youth workers intended to build on their competences and provide them with practical skills and knowledge on how to navigate through the dynamic map of tolerance and diversity that Europe presents.

Policy analysis workshop: Policy proposals and measures for youth participation in the new institutional framework for local administration

Coordinator at PSIR: Nikitas-Spiros Koutsoukis, Associate Professor.

To create a crucial number of youth well trained and qualified youth through non formal learning techniques on youth participation techniques and mobilization of youth in local societies; To develop and submit policy proposals and measures for youth participation under the new institutional framework for public authorities and local administrations in Greece.

Financed by YouthLink GR-13-34-2010-R5

“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

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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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