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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
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Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Social Theory. He joined UCL's Department of Social Science in January 2017 form King's College London where he was Post-doctoral Research Fellow. Aris holds a BSc in Economics and gained his PhD at the University of Cambridge for work investigating the interaction between state bureaucracies and civic movements in the UK. His research spans political, economic and organisational sociology; it explores 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, British Journal of Sociology, the Sociological Review, Public Administration and Organization Studies. He is currently working on a book monograph on the Political Economy of Imagination. 

Aris is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the American Sociological Association and the British Sociological Association, and associate editor at the e-zine Public Seminar. At UCL he is co-lead of the Sociology & Social Theory Research Group, and the convener of the 'Citizenship, social imagination and collective action' Research Seminar series.

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 
  • financial capitalism & the social production of the future
  • contemporary bureaucracies 

Teaching Summary

CFHEG231B: Social Theory & The Study of Contemporary Social Problems (Module Leader)

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