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Dr Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou
103
18 Woburn Square
University College London
London
WC1H0NR
Appointment
  • Lecturer in Social Theory and Social Policy
  • IOE - Social Science
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

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 Aris 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 Judith Butler and Chiara Bottici he leads the research project 'Imaginal Politics', in collaboration with the International Consortium of Critical Theory Program at UC Berkeley. 


Aris' work has been published or is forthcoming in international peer-reviewed journals such as Sociology - The Journal of the British Sociological Association, Human Relations, Organization Studies, British Journal of Sociology, the Journal of Cultural Economy, 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 and political economy, particularly in the following areas:


  • the sociology of finance & financialisation
  • capitalism studies, especially Max Weber & Cornelius Castoriadis 
  • collective movements, activism and direct action, especially in housing & finance
  • new nationalisms 
  • utopian/dystopian thinking & the social imagination 
  • the politics of speculation 

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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