One of the principal objectives of the Crisis Observatory was the promotion of new research about the crisis and the wide dissemination of its results. This dissemination took 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 was the participation in research and educational programs.
Since December 2018, the Crisis Observatory of ELIAMEP is participating in the research project “DEMOS – Effectiveness of Democracy and Populism in Europe” . The project is funded by the European Commission under the “Horizon 2020” programme and will be completed in November 2021.
Since October 2017, the “A.G. Leventis Foundation Research Chair” research program has been in operation. The program, which is funded by the A.G. Leventis Foundation, focuses on European political economy issues of Greek interest. It lasts one year and is renewed annually. Dr. Dimitris Katsikas, Head of Crisis Observatory, is the programme’s coordinator.
From May 2017 to August 2019, the Crisis Observatory participated in the bi-regional research programme “Jean Monnet Network “Crisis-Equity-Democracy for Europe and Latin America”, which pursued a comparative study of crises, their management, and their social and democratic implications, in Europe and Latin America.
Also, in 2017, the Crisis Observatory participated in the research project “Fiscal Policy of the EU” commissioned by the Bank of Greece to ELIAMEP. The programme’s duration was from June 15th to December 31st, 2017, and its purpose was to analyse the imminent changes in the context and the governance of the EU fiscal policy.
During the period March 1st 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 participated in the research programme “Fragmentation and Exclusion: Understanding and Overcoming the Multiple Impacts of the Crisis” (FRAGMEX), which took place in 2013-15 and 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.
Furthermore, in 2013 the Crisis Observatory funded the Report entitled “Economic Crisis, Social Solidarity and the Voluntary Sector in Greece,” which analyzed the social consequences of the economic crisis in Greece, discussed the rise of formal and informal social solidarity organizations, and presented the results of a pilot study conducted among such organizations in Athens.