I am a PhD Candidate at the Political and Social Science department at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
In my doctoral research I focus on modern proxy wars with special interest on states policies to employ violent non-state actors in conflicts as a way of influencing civil war outcomes. I am particularly interested in understanding causal factors and shared
patterns in the decision of states to intervene in conflicts.
Currently, I am a visiting researcher at the University of Trier, in Germany with a DAAD pre-doctoral research scholarship.
I received my Master’s in International Studies from the University of Macedonia, Greece, where I specialized on Theories of War, Conflict Studies and Strategic Studies. During my BA on European and International Political and Economic Studies at the University of Macedonia I was awarded scholarships from IKY, the State Scholarship Foundation and a four-year scholarship from the Vellios foundation.
At the EUI, I co-organized the International Relations Working Group.
Along with my studies, I took opportunities to teach. In 2019, I was a guest lecturer for the course “Geopolitics” at the University of Florence, Italy. In 2020 I designed and taught a block seminar at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf on “External Interventions in Civil Wars.” In both cases, the students’ evaluations of the lectures were highly positive.