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Research and Educational Programs

One of the principal objectives of the Crisis Observatory is the promotion of new research about the crisis and the wide dissemination of its results. This dissemination takes place through the Observatory’s website, but also through public events, seminars and other activities. In this context, one of the priorities of the Crisis Observatory is the participation in research and educational programs.

From May 2017 to August 2019, the Crisis Observatory participates in the bi-regional research programme Jean Monnet Network “Crisis-Equity-Democracy for Europe and Latin America”, which pursues a comparative study of crises, their management and their social and democratic implications, in Europe and Latin America.

During the period March 1st 2016 to December 31st 2016, the Crisis Observatory carried out, a research project entitled “The Political Economy of Reforms in Greece” . The project was assigned to the Crisis Observatory by the Bank of Greece in order to examine the implementation of structural reforms in the first two economic adjustment programmes (2010-2014).

The Crisis Observatory also successfully participated in the research programme “Fragmentation and Exclusion: Understanding and Overcoming the Multiple Impacts of the Crisis” (FRAGMEX), which took place in 2013-15and focused on the study of fragmentation and exclusion phenomena in the European societies as a result of the economic crisis.

The Crisis Observatory was also awarded the research programme “Impacts of the crisis on access to healthcare services: Country reports on Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia and Luxembourg following a competitive call for tenders by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). The main objective of the program was to record and study the effects of the crisis on citizens’ access to health services and to highlight best practices and initiatives for the improvement of health services’ units during the period of the economic crisis in Greece.

Finally, the Crisis Observatory contributed in the organization of ELIAMEP’s 10th European Seminar. The Seminar, which took place in 2013, hosted European officials and distinguished academics, researchers and analysts from Greece and Europe. The European Seminar was funded by the European Commission. The theme of the Seminar was “Europe in Crisis, Citizens in Protest”. The Seminar looked into the dynamics of the debt crisis in Europe, with a focus on the austerity policies being promoted and the protest movements that formed against them. The Crisis Observatory participated in the programme through its Head, Dr Dimitris Katsikas, who was Project Coordinator for the European Seminar.