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Dimitris is Professor at Vrije University Amsterdam since 2015, where he holds the Chair of Social Anthropology and co-directs the lab on Infrastructures, Sustainability and Commons. 

Since 2004 he is developing an anthropology of infrastructures with the project 'An anthropology of the road' and currently with the project infra-demos. Since 2008 he is working on an anthropology of crisis, grassroots movements and the city with the project crisis-scapes.


In 2017 he was awarded an Innovative Research VIDI grant from the Dutch Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO) for his project infra-demos.  In 2012 he was awarded an ESRC-Future Research Leaders grant for the project The City at a time of Crisis: Transformations of Public Spaces in Athens (crisis-scape.net).

He has over 100 articles, book chapters and commentaries published since 2010, whilst he was also an associate and advisory editor of the International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest.

He has co-researched and have co-produced the documentaries: Colony,  Wasting the WestFuture Suspended, Politics of Knives, and Landscapes of Emergency, see also Athens Social Meltdown.
His expert comments and contributions have been featured by international media in more than 10 countries, including the guardian, Channel 4 etc.
Previously he was Senior Lecturer at Sussex University (2009-2015) and Teaching Fellow at UCL (2007-2009). He has held visiting positions at Princeton University (2017-2018), CUNY Graduate Center - Center for Place, Culture and Politics (2013-2014) University College London (2008-2011) and Ca Foscari University of Venice (2005-06).
He is in
the editorial boards of the journals City (UK), Anthropology and Materialism (FR) and ANUAC Rivista (IT)



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 Research Grants 


PhD students

I cur­rently su­per­vise

  • Antonis Alexandridis Border and Filtration in Greece
  • Christos Giovanopoulos Emergence of new infrastructural networks in Greece of crisis .
  • Herbert Ploegman Art in Athens.
  • Giorgos Serdentakis Food, Cooking and community under conditions of crisis.
  • Sussane Verhoog Land-grabbing in Postsocialist Romania.

In the past su­per­vised:

  • Tarryn Frankish The ‘born-free generation’: Narrating memory in post-Apartheid South Africa (Witwatersrand Uni. Johannesburg 2023)
  • Bahoz Aras Federalism in Kurdistan (VU, 2023)
  • Elena Bonanini: Reshaping humanitarian intervention in Greece: Exploring everyday practices in Tilos and Athens (VU 2022)
  • Alexan­der Dun­lap Re­new­ing De­struc­tion: Wind Energy Development in Oax­aca, Mex­ico (VU, 2017)
  • Jacken Wa­ters (ESRC funded) Producing space and reproducing capital in London's Olympic Park: Qn ethnography of actually-existing abstract space (Sussex Uni, 2016)
  • Chet Fran­sch "Wood, carved by the knife of cir­cum­stance..."?: Cape Rapists and Rape in South Africa, c. 1910-1980 (VU, 2016)


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Academic qualification

Social Anthropology, Material Culture, PhD, An Anthropology of the road, University of London, UCL


Award Date: 28 Feb 2009

Migration and Ethnic Studies, Master, Greek Resturants in Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam


Award Date: 17 Jul 2004

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


Award Date: 19 Jul 2003


  • GN Anthropology
  • T Technology
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
  • HE Transportation and Communications
  • JN Political institutions (Europe)
  • G Geography (General)
  • GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
  • DR Balkan Peninsula
  • DF Greece
  • JC Political theory
  • DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World


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