Biography

I'm a Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations at Keele University.  I joined Keele in September 2013 and have a BA in Political Science, University of Crete (2007); MA in Political and Social Thought, Warwick University (2008); and a PhD in Industrial Relations, University of Warwick, obtained in 2013.  My research interests include; comparative political economy, institutional analysis, trade unions politics, European policies, political ideologies, qualitative research methods.

Academic Assoc. CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

Research and scholarship

My current research addresses youth unemployment in two Eurozone countries, Greece and Ireland, where unemployment has risen sharply under the impact of the crisis and subsequent internationally-imposed austerity packages.  In particular, the research examines the ideological paradigms (neo-liveral, social democratic, 'flexicurity') which have shaped the discourses of the main social actors (employers' organisations, trade unions, public agencies) and the policies on youth unemployment in the two countries.  My approach is comparative and informed by work in political economy and sociology as well as industrial relations.  Drawing on institutional theories I developed a series of propositions about the likely impact of different institutional settings on the relative prominence of the different paradigms.  These are explored empirically with the findings from field research, including a programme of interviews with key actors in the two countries.  My ideas for further research build from, and theoretically deepen, one aspect of the comparative analysis of this thesis, concerning the relationship between the identity of trade union movements in different countries and their strategies and responses to youth unemployment.

Selected Publications

  • Papadopoulos O. 2017. Economic Crisis and Youth Unemployment: The Greek case. Science and Society: The Review of Ethical and Political Theories. doi> link> full text>
  • Papadopoulos O. 2016. Economic crisis and youth unemployment: Comparing Greece and Ireland. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, vol. 22(4), 409-426. link> doi> full text>
  • Papadopoulos O. 2016. Youth unemployment discourses in Greece and Ireland before and during the economic crisis: Moving from divergence to "contingent convergence'. ECONOMIC AND INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY, vol. 37(3), 493-515. link> doi> full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Papadopoulos O. 2017. Economic Crisis and Youth Unemployment: The Greek case. Science and Society: The Review of Ethical and Political Theories. doi> link> full text>
  • Papadopoulos O. 2016. Economic crisis and youth unemployment: Comparing Greece and Ireland. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, vol. 22(4), 409-426. link> doi> full text>
  • Papadopoulos O. 2016. Youth unemployment discourses in Greece and Ireland before and during the economic crisis: Moving from divergence to "contingent convergence'. ECONOMIC AND INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY, vol. 37(3), 493-515. link> doi> full text>