Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Theodoros Papadopoulos

Theodoros Papadopoulos


3 East 3.22
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6831

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD projects that share one or more of my research interests.

Research interests

My research focuses on three broad areas:

  • Varieties of welfare capitalism in relation to labour commodification and social (in)security in the EU and internationally.
  • The political economy of familism in semi-peripheral capitalist countries.
  • Governance and democratic institutional innovations in market societies.

Theoretical orientation

  • Theory and analysis of power and governance in public policy making
  • Labour decommodification
  • Welfare statism and de-familisation
  • Democratic post-neoliberal institutional innovations

Policy areas

  • Social protection in and out of paid employment
  • Unemployment compensation systems and labour market dynamics
  • Familistic welfare regimes
  • Intra-EU Migration and labour markets
  • Governance of investments of pension funds

Regional and national foci

  • European Union
  • UK
  • Southern Europe (especially Greece and Turkey)
  • Eastern Europe
  • China
  • South America (especially Venezuela and Mexico)

Methodological approaches and techniques

  • Comparative historical institutionalism
  • Interpretive policy analysis and critical governance analysis
  • Techniques of comparative public policy research (e.g. micro-data simulation and model families method, Fuzzy sets)
  • Construction of social indicators



Carmel, E., Cerami, A. and Papadopoulos, T., eds., 2011. Migration and Welfare in the New Europe:Social Protection and the Challenges of Integration. Policy Press.

Book Sections

Papadopoulos, T. and Roumpakis, A., 2017. From social regulation of competition to competition as social regulation::Transformations in the socio-economic governance of the European Union. In: Horsfall, D. and Hudson, J., eds. Social policy in an era of competition. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 55-69.

Papadopoulos, T. and Roumpakis, A., 2015. Democracy, austerity and crisis:Southern Europe and the decline of the European social model. In: Romano, S. and Punziano, G., eds. The European Social Model Adrift. Farnham, U. K.: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 189-212.

Papadopoulos, T. and Roumpakis, A., 2012. The Greek welfare state in the age of austerity: anti-social policy and the politico-economic crisis. In: Kilkey, M., Ramia, G. and Farnsworth, K., eds. Social Policy Review 24: analysis and debate in social policy, 2012. Bristol, U. K.: Policy Press, pp. 205-230.

Carmel, E. K., Cerami, A. and Papadopoulos, T., 2011. Conclusion:what future for migration? In: Carmel, E. K., Cerami, A. and Papadopoulos, T., eds. Migration and Welfare in the 'New' Europe. Bristol, U. K.: Policy Press, pp. 245-258.

Papadopoulos, T., 2011. Immigration and the variety of migrant integration regimes in the European Union. In: Carmel, E., Cerami, A. and Papadopoulos, T., eds. Migration and welfare in the new Europe. Bristol, UK: Policy Press, pp. 23-48.

Papadopoulos, T. and Roumpakis, A., 2011. Nordic social risk management and the challenge of EU regulation: labour market parity at risk. In: Sorsa, V.-P., ed. Rethinking Social Risk in the Nordics. Brussels, Belgium: Foundation of European Progressive Studies, pp. 199-224.

Carmel, E. and Papadopoulos, T., 2009. Governing social security: From protection to markets. In: Millar, J., ed. Understanding Social Security: Issues for policy and practice. Bristol: The Policy Press. (Understanding Welfare: Social Issues, Policy and Practice series)

Papadopoulos, T., 2008. Market. In: Gabriel, Y., ed. Organizing Words: A Critical Thesaurus for Social and Organization Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Papadopoulos, T., 2006. Support for the Unemployed in a Familistic Welfare Regime. In: Mossialos, E. and Petmesidou, M., eds. Social Policy Developments in Greece. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 219-238.

Carmel, E. and Papadopoulos, T., 2003. The new governance of social security in Britain. In: Millar, J., ed. Understanding Social Security: Issues for policy and practice. Bristol: The Policy Press, pp. 31-52.

Papadopoulos, T., 1998. Greek family policy from a comparative perspective. In: Drew, E., Emerek, R. and Mahon, E., eds. Reconciling Family and Working Life. London: Routledge.

Papadopoulos, T., 1997. Social insurance and the crisis of statism in Greece. In: Clasen, J., ed. Social Insurance in Europe. Bristol: The Policy Press, pp. 177-203.

Papadopoulos, T., 1996. 'Family', state and social policies for children in Greece. In: Brannen, J. and O' Brien, M., eds. Children in Families: Research and Policy. Routledge, pp. 171-188.

Papadopoulos, T., 1992. The role of social research in social planning. In: The Dimensions of Contemporary Social Policy. Athens: Karagiorgas Foundation Editions.


Papadopoulos, T. and Leyer, R. V., 2016. Introduction: Assessing the effects of conditional cash transfers in Latin American societies in the early twenty-first century. Social Policy and Society, 15 (3), pp. 417-420.

Papadopoulos, T. and Leyer, R. V., 2016. Two decades of social investment in Latin America:outcomes, shortcomings and achievements of conditional cash transfers. Social Policy and Society, 15 (3), pp. 435-449.

Papadopoulos, T. and Velazquez Leyer, R., 2016. Some Useful Sources. Social Policy and Society, 15 (3), pp. 509-512.

Papadopoulos, T. and Carmel, E., 2016. Detached, Hostile, Adaptable and Liberalising: The Chameleon Qualities of the UK's Relationship with EU Social Policy. The Political Quarterly, 87 (2), 228–237.

Papadopoulos, T. and Roumpakis, A., 2013. The meta-regulation of European industrial relations:power shifts, institutional dynamics and the emergence of regulatory competition. International Labour Review, 152 (2), pp. 255-274.

Papadopoulos, T. and Roumpakis, A., 2013. Familistic welfare capitalism in crisis: social reproduction and anti-social policy in Greece. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 29 (3), 204–224.

Papadopoulos, T. and Roumpakis, A., 2013. From anti-social policy to generalised insecurity: The Greek crisis meets the decline of the European Social Model. Greek Journal of Social Policy (Κοινωνική πολιτική), 1 (1).

Carmel, E., Hamblin, K. and Papadopoulos, T., 2007. Governing the activation of older workers in the EU. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 27 (9/10), 387 - 400.

Papadopoulos, T., 2002. Activation and Co-ordination: the case of Greece. L'Assistenza Sociale, special issue: La politiche di attivazione in Europa, 2, 215--229.

Papadopoulos, T., 1999. On media, culture and the prospects for a new liberatory project: An interview with Ken Loach. Democracy & Nature, The International Journal of Inclusive Democracy, 5 (1), pp. 27-32.

Fawcett, H. and Papadopoulos, T., 1997. Social exclusion, social citizenship and de-commodification: An evaluation of the adequacy of support for the unemployed in the European Union. West European Politics, 20 (3), pp. 1-30.

Papadopoulos, T., 1993. International conference on social security: 50 years after Beveridge. Greek Review of Social Sciences, 12.


Carmel, E. and Papadopoulos, T., 2014. Society, social policy and welfare:The UK in a Changing Europe scoping report. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Papadopoulos, T., 2005. The Recommodification of European Labour: Theoretical and Empirical Explorations. Working Paper. Bath, UK: European Research Institute, University of Bath.

Papadopoulos, T., 2000. Integrated approaches to active welfare and employment policies: Greece. European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.

Papadopoulos, T., 1999. Unemployment compensation and activation policies in Greece: An evaluation. European University Institute.

Non-academic press

Papadopoulos, T., 2015. Greece woes show how the politics of debt failed Europe. The Conversation

Papadopoulos, T., 2015. Explainer:why the Greek election is so important. The Conversation

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