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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Georgios's research has developed around the following themes:

  • the political economy of policing and security; the historical development, organisation and functions of the police in national and transnational context
  • the political economy of organised crime, studied in the context of various illegal markets, and particularly in the context of irregular migration, human smuggling and trafficking
  • policing, democracy and strategies for innovation and reform.

Key Publications

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  • Η Ελλάδα ως εγκληματολογική πρόκληση: ένα ερευνητικό σχεδίασμα, Papanicolaou, G. 1 Jun 2021, In: Antigone: the question
  • Genealogies of slavery, Boukli, A., Yanacopulos, H., Papanicolaou, G. 2020, The Palgrave International Handbook of Human Trafficking, Cham, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Human trafficking in Greece, Papanicolaou, G., Boukli, A. 2020, The Palgrave International Handbook of Human Trafficking, Cham, Palgrave Macmillan
  • ‘Illegal labour practices, trafficking and exploitation’: an introduction to the special issue, Lloyd, A., Antonopoulos, G., Papanicolaou, G. 1 Mar 2020, In: Trends in Organized Crime
  • Μετανάστευση και «οργανωμένο έγκλημα»: Aναπαραστάσεις στον ελληνικό τύπο κατά την πρώτη εικοσαετία της Ελλάδας ως χώρας υποδοχής μεταναστών, Antonopoulos, G., Papanicolaou, G. 2020, Εγκληματολογία: Περίβλεπτον Αλεξίφωτον; Τιμητικός Τόμος για τον Ομότιμο Kαθηγητή Γιάννη Πανούση, Athens, I. Sideris Publications
  • Between traditionalism and modernisation: Can reform in the Hellenic Police be led from within?, Papanicolaou, G. 2019, Police Leadership, Cham, Palgrave Macmillan
  • The digital routes of human smuggling? Evidence from the UK, Diba, P., Papanicolaou, G., Antonopoulos, G. 1 Jun 2019, In: Crime Prevention and Community Safety
  • The role of the Internet in the process of trafficking humans in the United Kingdom, Diba, P., Antonopoulos, G., Papanicolaou, G. 21 Sep 2018, The Janus-Faces of Cross-Border Crime in Europe, The Hague, Eleven International Publishing
  • Από την αλλαγή στον εκσυγχρονισμό: Το ΠΑΣΟΚ και το πεδίο της δημόσιας τάξης, Papanicolaou, G. 2018, ΠΑΣΟΚ 1974–2018, Athens, Gutenberg
  • A 'virtuous circle' of illicit markets? Smuggling and colonial state building in the Italian interwar Dodecanese, Papanicolaou, G., Espinoza, F. Sep 2017, The many faces of crime for profit and ways of tackling it, Oisterwijk, Wolf Legal Publishers

Further Information

Georgios is

  • elected vice-president of the Greek Society for the Study of Crime and Social Control and member of the editorial collective of the Soceity's journal Antigone
  • member of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control and of the British Society of Criminology


  • Criminology PhD December 04 2008
  • Criminology MSc December 06 2000
  • Criminology LLM December 22 1999
  • Law LLB December 20 1996
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016

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