Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Department of Mediterranean and Global Economic and Social History

The Research Group on Global and Mediterranean Economic and Social History studies the development, structure and transformations of the economies and societies of the Mediterranean, as well as their interaction with and integration into the larger globalizing world in the modern and contemporary eras. It undertakes the comparative study of economic development in different areas and time periods, and focuses on the economic, social, institutional and cultural change during the period of transition from the pre-industrial to the industrial world. Research is focusing on the living and work conditions of the Mediterranean populations, their social and geographical movements, as well as the formation of land settlement and rural and social landscape patterns. Researchers pursue an interdisciplinary approach combining economics with social, political and cultural history as well as business history and economic geography.

In its field of interests, the Section on Global and Mediterranean Economic and Social History organises research projects, conferences, seminar courses and lectures and provides publications and open-access databases. In collaboration with University Departments it will organize and offer Programs of Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies.


Nikos Potamianos

Assistant Researcher
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Andreas Lyberatos

Assistant Professor of Social and Economic History of the Modern Balkans
Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University (Athens)
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Leda Papastefanaki

Associate Professor of Greek Economic and Social History (19th-20th c.)
Department of History and Archaeology, University of Ioannina
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Socrates Petmezas

Professor of Economic and Social Modern History
Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete
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Christos Karampatsos

Postdoctoral researcher
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Eleni Kyramargiou

Postdoctoral researcher
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Dimitris Aggelis Dimakis

PhD candidate

Giorgos Gassias

PhD candidate

Giorgos Kostelenos

Research Associate

Thanasis Nasiaras

PhD candidate

Christos Hadziiossif

Emeritus professor of modern and contemporary history - FORTH Distinguished member

Research Projects


Geography of Surveillance. Lazarettos and Quarantine Services in the Greek State, 1821-1923

The aim of the research program is to record the lazarettos and the quarantine services that operated in the Greek state from the declaration of the Greek Revolution in 1821 to 1923, when its borders were finalized after a decade of wars (1912-1922). The research will focus on lazarettos, quarantine services and health stations which were established and operated by the central administration, as well as on those constructed by municipalities, mainly islanders, in an effort to protect their population on one hand and their economics operations on the other hand.

Moral Economy


Transforming the rural and political landscape: The implementation of the Land Reform in Thessaly and Macedonia (part of the larger Action KRIPIS-II: Mediterranean Landscapes of Culture: Cultural (Land)scapes of the Past in the Mediterranean (METOPO)

This Research Project is part of the larger Action KRIPIS-II, and it is based on the use of the recently available Archives of the Ministry of Agriculture (founded 1917). The archives will finally permit a detailed research on the actual implementation of the land reform and its economic, social and political impact both on a national and a local level.


Advancing Young Researchers’ Human Capital in Cutting Edge Technologies in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Tackling of Societal Challenges, Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The project aims to fight the unemployment among young scientists through further development of their research potential and training in the cutting-edge technologies in which the Institutes of FORTH excel both nationally and internationally.


Mining Landscapes in Greece, 19th-20th c.: work package in the framework of the research project METOPO – Mediterranean Cultural Landscapes”, which is implemented under the “Action for the Strategic Development on the Research and Technological Sector

This research project aims at deepening the understanding in the history of mining activities and the formation of the mining landscapes in Greece during 19th-20th centuries.

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