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

He is an anthropologist of Europe with expertise on the Balkans,  Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. Since 2004 he is developing an anthropology of infrastructures and the State with the project 'An anthropology of the road' which was focused geographically on Albania. Later he continued that line of research with the project infra-demos,  which studied infrastructures and democracy and it was focused on Greece and was funded by the Dutch Research Council, Vidi-Research Talent grant. 

Additionally to infrastructures, since 2008 he is working on an anthropology of crisis, grassroots movements and the city with the project crisis-scapes ,  which was funded with an ESRC-Future Research Leaders . In 2023 continued this line of research with a Stimulation grant from the Dutch Ministry of Education. 


He has co-produced and co-researched the documentaries: Colony,  Wasting the West Future Suspended, Politics of Knives, and Landscapes of Emergency, see also Athens Social Meltdown. 
His work has been featured by international media in more than 10 countries. Whilst he has co-founded the 'Amsterdam Ethnographic Film Day' and the 'Amsterdam Anthropology Lecture Series'.
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 (2013-2014), University College London (2008-2011) and Ca Foscari University of Venice (2005-06). He was extrenal examiner for UCL Bachelor in Anthropology (2010-2016). He is Reserach Fellow at the Center for the Study of Soical and Humanitarian Crises of the department of Social Work  of the University of Western Attica
He is in the editorial boards of the journals City (UK), Anthropology and Materialism (FR) and ANUAC Rivista (IT)


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I cur­rently su­per­vise

  • Svenja Dietrciht, title under developement
  • Robert Dillema, title under developement
  • Antonis Alexandridis Border and Filtration in Greece
  • Christos Giovanopoulos Emergence of new infrastructural networks in Greece of crisis .
  • Giorgos Serdentakis Food, Cooking and community under conditions of crisis.

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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