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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Research Staff

Dr Leonidas Oikonomakis, PhD, European University Institute (EUI)

Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology

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Leonidas Oikonomakis is a COFUND Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, Durham University. He was awarded his PhD from the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute. His research and teaching focuses on Latin American politics, social movements, autonomy, revolutions, electoral politics, buen vivir, and the commons. He is the author of the monograph Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros (Palgrave Macmillan,2019), and has published articles in international peer-reviewed journals and chapters in edited volumes on social movements in Latin America and Southern Europe.

In the past, Leonidas has taught at the University of Crete and the Greek Open University. He has also held a research position at the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence,Italy, and has been affiliated with the Centro de Estúdios Superiores Universitários de la Universidad Mayor de San Simón de Cochabamba, Bolivia, and the Centre on European Studies of Middle East Technical University, Turkey.

His research has been financed by the Greek National Scholarships Foundation (IKY), the European University Institute (EUI), as well as by Marie Sklodowska Curie COFUND action.

Guest Lectures

Leonidas has been invited for guest lectures by University of Tubingen (Germany), Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), la Pontífica Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia), la Scuola Normale Superiore (Florence, Italy), and la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico City, México).

Public Engagement

Leonidas is a member of Greek socio-political hip-hop formation Social Waste, as well as of the editorial committee of ROAR Magazine.

Over the years he has been interviewed by several media outlets regarding his academic, artistic, and political engagements including RT News, Public Radio International, BBC, Canal4 Cochabamba, Medium, and others.

Together with Jerome Roos  and Andrés Cornejo, Leonidas co-directed the documentary Utopia on the Horizon, on the 2011 Occupation of Syntagma Square.

Apart from his native Greek, he is fluent in Engish, Spanish, and Italian.

Research Interests

  • Autonomy
  • Bolivia
  • Buen Vivir
  • Cocaleros
  • Commons
  • Greece
  • Latin american politics
  • México
  • Revolutions
  • Social movements
  • Zapatismo
  • Political ethnography

Selected Publications

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