Leonidas Oikonomakis holds a Ph.d in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI), and currently holds a Marie Curie COFUND Podtsdoctoral Fellowship at the Department of Anthropology, Durham University. He is also affiliated with the Center on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at the Scuola Normale Superiore, and has in the past taught at the Department of Sociology of the University of Crete and the Hellenic Open University .
His research and teaching focuses on Latin American politics, social movements, autonomy, revolutions, electoral politics, and the commons. He is also a rapper with hip-hop Social Waste, and a member of the editorial collective of ROAR Magazine. He is the author of the monograph Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America: The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros (Palgrave- Latin American Studies Series), and has published articles in international peer-reviewed journals and chapters in edited volumes on social movements in Latin America and Southern Europe.
Besides his native Greek and English, his articles have been translated into French, Urdu, Hindi, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Bosnian, Dutch, Slovak and Turkish.