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I am Professor at Vrije University Amsterdam where I hold the Chair of Social Anthropology. My focus is anthropology of infrastructures, mobility and urban public spaces and I carry out an anthropological research of the Greek Crisis since 2010.

In 2017 I was awarded an Innovative Research VIDI grant from the Dutch Scientific Research Organisation (NWO) for my project Infra-Demos.  In 2016 I was part of the team of anthropologists from 4 countries who were awarded an ERASMUS+ grant for the project PEOPLE.  In 2012 I was awarded an ESRC-Future Research Leaders grant for the project The City at a time of Crisis: Transformations of Public Spaces in Athens ( Meanwhile
I was awarded twice the Sussex Teaching Excellence award (2010 and 2012).

My books include:  The Road (2017),
Critical Times in Greece (2018), Crisis-scapes (2014), Roads and Anthropology, (2014, 2012) and Revolt and Crisis in Greece (2011).  Over 60 articles and book chapters of mine have been published since 2010, whilst I was also an associate and advisory editor of the International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest. 

I have co-researched and have co-produced the documentaries Future Suspended, the Politics of Knives, and Landscapes of Emergency, see also Athens Social Meltdown. I co-organise the Amsterdam Ethnographic Film Festival and the Amsterdam Anthropology Lecture Series.

My PhD thesis was titled an Anthropology of the Road (UCL, 2009) and I hold an MA in Migration Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a BA (hns) in Social Policy & Social Anthropology from Panteion University, Athens. I am Seeger Fellow at Princeton University (2017-2018) and Honorary Lecturer in Global Political Economy at Sussex University (2015-2018). I was Visiting Scholar at CUNY Graduate Center - Center for Place, Culture and Politics (2013-2014) and Honorary Research Fellow in Material Culture at UCL, Department of Anthropology (2008-2011)  but I was also a Marie Curie visiting staff at the department of History in Ca Foscari University of Venice (2005-06).

I am editor for Anthropology in the journal City and
in the Advisory board of Anthropology and Materialism and ANNUAC  Revista the  journal of the association of cultural anthropologists of Italy . I was co-editing (2007-2014) the Anarchist journal 'Occupied London' and the web-blog 'From the Greek Streets ' which was updating on almost daily basis the events in Greece from a radical political approach between 2008 and 2014. Last but not least, I am Greece's COI in the Right in Exile Programme.


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I cur­rently su­per­vise

  • Christos Giovanopoulos Emergence of new ifrastructurql networks at Greece of crisis 
  • Giorgos Serdentakis Food and Cooking under crisis conditions
  • An­to­nis Alexan­dridis The Po­et­ics and Pol­i­tics of Ir­reg­u­lar Mi­grant Cit­i­zen­ship and Labour in Greece in a Time of Cri­sis.
  • Geor­gos Pouli­me­nakos Re­pro­duc­tion be­yond hege­mony: Class and the mean­ings of labour in a neigh­bor­hood of Pi­raeus in times of dein­dus­tri­al­iza­tion and cri­sis
  • Anna Giu­lia De­la­puppa Moth­er­ing the Na­tion: Na­tion­al­ism, teach­ing his­tory and gen­der in Greece
  • Elena Bonanini Refugees Trajectories in Greece
  • Tarryn Frankish The ‘born-free generation’: Narrating memory in post-Apartheid South Africa.
  • Jesse Jonkman Multi-eth­nic Democ­racy and Land Tenure in Colom­bia

In the past su­per­vised as first su­per­vi­sor

  • Alexan­der Dun­lap Re­new­ing De­struc­tion: Green En­ergy and Land-Grab­bing in Oax­aca, Mex­ico (VU, 2017)
  • Jacken Al­fred Wa­ters (ESRC funded) Pro­duc­tion of Urban Spaces and Protest in Lon­don (Sussex uni, 2016)
  • Chet Fran­sch "Wood, carved by the knife of cir­cum­stance..."?: Cape Rapists and Rape in South Africa, c. 1910-1980 (VU, 2016)


Education / Academic qualification

Social Anthropology, Material Culture, PhD, University of London, UCL


Migration and Ethnic Studies, Master, University of Amsterdam


Social Anthropology and Social Policy , Bachelor, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences


Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2007 2018

De te fabula narratur? Ethnography of and during the Greek crisis

Dalakoglou, D. & Angelopoulos, G. 2018 Critical Times in Greece: Anthropological Engagements with the crisis. Dalakoglou, D. & Angelopoulos, G. (eds.). Routledge, p. 1 22 p. (Routledge Studies in Anthropology)

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter



Dalakoglou, D. 2017 Material Culture of Failure: When Things Do Wrong.. Carrol, T., Jeevendrampillai, D., Parkhurst, A. & Shackelford, J. (eds.). London: Bloomsburry

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

Greece in Crisis: Anthropological Engagements with the Crisis

Dalakoglou, D. (ed.) & Agelopoulos, G. (ed.) 2017 London: Routledge. (Routledge Series in Anthropolgy)

Research output: ScientificBook editing

Renewing Destruction: Wind Energy Development in Oaxaca, Mexico

Dunlap, A. A. 2017 320 p.

Research output: ScientificPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

Open Access


Dalakoglou, D. 2017 International Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology. London: Wiley

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter