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Dr Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou
18 Woburn Square
University College London
  • Lecturer in Social Theory and Social Policy
  • IOE - Social Science
  • UCL Institute of Education

Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Social Theory. He joined UCL's Department of Social Science in January 2017 from King's College London where he was Post-doctoral Research Fellow. Aris holds a BSc in Economics and gained his PhD in organisational sociology at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the American, European and British Sociological Associations, and an associate editor at Public Seminar. 

At UCL he is co-lead of the Sociology & Social Theory Research Group, and convener of the 'Citizenship, social imagination and collective action' Research Seminar series.

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Research Summary

Aris' research spans social theory, political economy and organisation studies; it explores how social actors' differential access to resources of imagination leads to new social inequalities in late financial capitalism; his work has focused specifically on the role of civil society in the articulation of alternative imaginaries, discourses and practices of organizing, especially in the context of economic crises and austerity policies. With Chiara Bottici he leads the Radical Imagination research project, a collaboration between UCL and the New School for Social Research in New York.

Aris' work has appeared in international peer-reviewed journals such as Sociology, Human Relations, Organization Studies, British Journal of Sociology, the Sociological Review, Public Administration and Sociological Research Online. His current book project is titled The Political Economy of Imagination

Postgraduate supervision 

I welcome applications from candidates interested in undertaking PhD research in the intersections of social theory, political economy and civic participation, particularly in the following areas:

  • utopian/dystopian thinking and the social imagination 
  • social theory & the psychosocial, especially Cornelius Castoriadis 
  • social movements, activism and citizenship  
  • the sociology of economic crises 
  • new social inequalities in financial capitalism
  • contemporary bureaucracies 

Teaching Summary

- Social Theory & The Study of Contemporary Social Problems, MSc (Module Leader)

- Power, State and Collective Action, BSc year 3 (Module Leader)

Academic Background
2013 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Organisation Studies University of Cambridge
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