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Staff Profile

Dr Nikos Sotirakopoulos

Lecturer: Sociology and Criminology

Nikos Sotirakopoulos

I joined York St John University in 2018, after working for 2,5 years in the department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. I had completed my PhD in Political Sociology and worked as a part-time lecturer at University of Kent. I also hold an undergraduate degree in International and European Studies from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, and an LLB and an LLM from University of Kent.

I am interested in how political and economic theory, together with philosophy, shape social pheneomena. My research has focused on how in the last decades some of the core values and concepts of modernity and the Enlightenment, such as individual agency and material progress, have been problematized in the narratives both of the New Left and of the mainstream and extreme Right. I have also been interested in the study of the rise of the ‘sharing economy’ and its sociological implications. I have also published on issues around the globalization process and its discontents, the forms of action and narratives of the anti-austerity movement in Greece, and the internationalization of protest in the 2011 wave of contention, with a focus on the Occupy London campaign.


Research Monographs


Sotirakopoulos, N. (2016), The Rise of Lifestyle Activism: from New Left to Occupy, Palgrave MacMillan.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Sotirakopoulos, N. (2017), Cryptomarkets as a libertarian counter-conduct of resistance, European Journal of Social Theory, July 13, 2017.

Sotirakopoulos, N. & Sotiropoulos, G. (2013), Direct Democracy Now: The Greek indignados and the present cycle of struggles, in Current Sociology, 61(4), 443-456, 

Chapters in Books

Sotirakopoulos, N. & Ntalaka, O. (2015), From the Streets and the Occupied Squares to the Central Political Field: the narratives of the anti-austerity camp in Greece, in Figueiras, R. & do Espirito Santo, P. (eds.), Beyond the Internet: Unplugging the Protest Movement Wave, Routledge (publication date: 28 December 2015)

Sotirakopoulos, N. & Rootes, C. (2014), Occupy London in International and Local Context, in Donatella della Porta & Alice Mattoni (eds.), Spreading Protest: Social Movements in Times of Crisis, ECPR Press, pp. 171-192.

Rootes, C. & Sotirakopoulos, N. (2013), ‘The Global Justice Movement.’ In D. Snow, D. della Porta, B. Klandermans, and D. McAdam (eds.) Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Social and Political Movements, Oxford: Wiley/Blackwell, Vol. 2, pp. 517-525.


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