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Research interests

I have a PhD in Social Policy from the University of York (UK). I work in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath (UK). My current theoretical and empirical work is organized across three broad research themes: 

  • Power and governance in public policy
  • Family as a socio-economic actor in the political economy of welfare
  • Labour commodification, social (in)security and social reproduction

Accordingly, my most recent publications focused on:

  • EU economic governance and trans-national ordoliberalism
  • The political economy of welfare in semi-peripheral capitalist countries (including East Asia, Southern Europe and Latin America).
  • The social politics of austerity and the erosion of middle classes in southern European countries.

My work is premised on the ontological and epistemological foundations of critical realism. I am an expert in a variety of methodological approaches and techniques related to the comparative study of institutional design of social and public policies and their impact. These include (indicatively): advanced techniques of quantifying policy attributes (like micro-data simulation using model households); comparative political economy; historical institutionalism; and critical governance analysis.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

I am interested in supervising PhD projects that share one or more of my research interests.

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Research Output

Rattling Europe's ordoliberal ‘iron cage’: the contestation of austerity in Southern Europe

Papadopoulos, T. & Roumpakis, A., 1 Aug 2018, In : Critical Social Policy. 38, 3, p. 505–526 22 p.

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
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    Family as a Socio-economic Actor in the Political Economies of East and South East Asian Welfare Capitalisms

    Papadopoulos, T. & Roumpakis, A., 1 Nov 2017, In : Social Policy and Administration. 51, 6, p. 857–875 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    From social regulation of competition to competition as social regulation: Transformations in the socio-economic governance of the European Union

    Papadopoulos, T. & Roumpakis, A., 30 Jun 2017, Social policy in an era of competition : From global to local perspectives. Horsfall, D. & Hudson, J. (eds.). Bristol: Policy Press, p. 55-69 15 p.

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    The Erosion of Southern Europe's Middle Classes: Debt, insecurity and the political economy of austerity

    Papadopoulos, T. & Roumpakis, A., 9 Nov 2017, In : Sociologie e politiche sociali. 20, 2, p. 67 - 89 23 p.

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    A Political Economy of Insecurity?: State and Socio-Economic Actors in the Making of Industrial Relations in Modern Turkey

    Author: Ozkiziltan, D., 28 May 2014

    Supervisor: Papadopoulos, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Governing Skills, Governing Workplaces: State-steered Voluntarism in England under New Labour

    Author: Durrant, H., 31 Dec 2012

    Supervisor: Papadopoulos, T. (Supervisor) & Cressey, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Processes of Governing in European Networks

    Author: Kan, H., 1 Sep 2010

    Supervisor: Papadopoulos, T. (Supervisor), Room, G. (Supervisor) & Carmel, E. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Restructuring social protection: investment, regulation, and financialization of UK pensions

    Author: Massala, T., 2 Dec 2018

    Supervisor: Jones, B. (Supervisor) & Papadopoulos, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

    SHARED MONETARY GOVERNANCE: Exploring the role of regulatory frameworks, participatory internal decision-making and scale in stakeholder institutional access to General and Special Purpose Currencies

    Author: Jones, S., 1 May 2010

    Supervisor: Harkness, S. (Supervisor), Papadopoulos, T. (Supervisor) & Longstreth, F. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil