Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Department of Mediterranean and Global Economic and Social History

The Research Group on Global and Mediterranean Economic and Social History studies the development, structure and transformations of the economies and societies of the Mediterranean, as well as their interaction with and integration into the larger globalizing world in the modern and contemporary eras. It undertakes the comparative study of economic development in different areas and time periods, and focuses on the economic, social, institutional and cultural change during the period of transition from the pre-industrial to the industrial world. Research is focusing on the living and work conditions of the Mediterranean populations, their social and geographical movements, as well as the formation of land settlement and rural and social landscape patterns. Researchers pursue an interdisciplinary approach combining economics with social, political and cultural history as well as business history and economic geography.

In its field of interests, the Section on Global and Mediterranean Economic and Social History organises research projects, conferences, seminar courses and lectures and provides publications and open-access databases. In collaboration with University Departments it will organize and offer Programs of Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies.


Nikos Potamianos

Assistant Researcher
Curriculum vitae

Andreas Lyberatos

Assistant Professor of Social and Economic History of the Modern Balkans
Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University (Athens)
Curriculum vitae

Leda Papastefanaki

Associate Professor of Greek Economic and Social History (19th-20th c.)
Department of History and Archaeology, University of Ioannina
Curriculum vitae

Socrates Petmezas

Professor of Economic and Social Modern History
Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete
Curriculum vitae

Juan Carmona-Zabala

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae

Sakis Dimitriadis

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae

Eleni Kaklamanou

Postdoctoral researcher

Christos Karampatsos

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae

Eleni Kyramargiou

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae

Dimitrios Stergiopoulos

PhD candidate
Department of History, University of California San Diego
Curriculum vitae

Dimitra Kardakaris

PhD candidate

Giorgos Kostelenos

Research Associate

Thanasis Nasiaras

PhD candidate

Daphne Papadaki

PhD candidate

Vasilis Georgakis

Postgraduate student

Christos Hadziiossif

Emeritus professor of modern and contemporary history - FORTH Distinguished member

Research Projects


A Value Chain Analysis of Tobacco in Greece (1949-1981)

The purpose of this research project is to produce a historical account of the evolution of Greece’s tobacco sector in the period that spans between the end of the Greek Civil War (1949) and the country’s accession into the EEC in 1981.


Geography of Surveillance. Lazarettos and Quarantine Services in the Greek State, 1821-1923

The aim of the research program is to record the lazarettos and the quarantine services that operated in the Greek state from the declaration of the Greek Revolution in 1821 to 1923, when its borders were finalized after a decade of wars (1912-1922). The research will focus on lazarettos, quarantine services and health stations which were established and operated by the central administration, as well as on those constructed by municipalities, mainly islanders, in an effort to protect their population on one hand and their economics operations on the other hand.


Land Ownership and Family Farm Income in Nineteenth-Century Greece: The Unpublished Land “Registers” of the Kapodistrian Period (1830)

The aim of the research project “Land Ownership and Family Farm Income in Nineteenth-Century Greece: The Unpublished Land “Registers” of the Kapodistrian Period (1830)” is to study a number of local agricultural statistics produced during the tenure of President Ioannis Kapodistrias (1828-1831) and hitherto unknown in the literature, and to utilise them in order to draw conclusions about the distribution of wealth and farm income in rural Greece at the end of the War of Independence.


Moral Economy


Mining Landscapes in Greece, 19th-20th c.

Scientific coordinator: Leda Papastefanaki

This research project aims at deepening the understanding in the history of mining activities and the formation of the mining landscapes in Greece during 19th-20th centuries.


Transforming the rural and political landscape: The implementation of the Land Reform in Thessaly and Macedonia

Scientific coordinator: Socrates Petmezas