Dr. Petros Violakis is a Lecturer in South Wales undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Greece (collaborative program in Greece with IST College), partner of the Strategic Communication and News Media Laboratory of Piraeus University and Research Director at the Center for International Strategic Analyses (KEDISA). He holds a PhD degree in Politics from Exeter University, an MA in International Relations from University of Indianapolis, an MBA (focus in Marketing) and a BSc in Computer Science from University of Hertfordshire. His latest research is being situated within Politics, Communication, Policy Making and European Studies. More specifically, he investigates the Europeanisation of EU Defence and Security Policy through different perspectives and contributing factors, such as: domestic politics, political economy, establishment of a new security identity and culture, research and development (R&D), globalization and other institutional influence (NATO). The result of this research is published (2018) as an academic book (monograph), entitled “Europeanisation and the Transformation of EU Security Policy: Post-Cold War Developments in the Common Security and Defence Policy” by Routledge. In his book, Violakis incorporates all of his past knowledge and acquired skills related to academic research, technology, innovation (R&D), marketing research, economics, social impact, international relations and politics. Furthermore, in terms of expanding his research in the field of Europeanisation and European Studies, Violakis investigated the case of Turkey’s Europeanisation, Turkey and fake news, and along with M. Dogani, they investigate De-Europeanisation in terms of Learning, Policy making and fear.

Violakis ability for interdisciplinary research was developed through his 10 years of experience in telecom and defence industry, along with his studies. More specifically, his engagement in the telecom and defence industry was related to the development of state-of-the-art technology for telecom, defence and other areas such as maritime technology and applications, natural disasters systems and related applications and others. Thus, the construction of national and European coalitions, which included universities, private companies, governmental authorities and other institutes, played a significant role in the allocation of national and EU funding. Violakis successfully participated in the following research and development projects: TELEFOS, TELEAQUA, ESPEN, FireMentor, NAVTEXII, TRAVIS, EPIPLEON, DIAVLOS, PISCES, COMMAN and ArchiPelago. This intense engagement to R&D projects resulted to the distinction of the Marketing Team he worked with. The distinction was awarded, on behalf of EU, by the Greek Government for “Particularly improved performance in research, technology and innovation for the year 2005 and for the competitive presence in Europe”. The team’s work was presented in several national and international exhibitions and workshops such as, Defendory International Exhibition, Thessaloniki International Exhibition, Technology and Innovation Exhibition (held by Ministry of Development).

Publications & Conferences

  • Violakis, P. (May, 2019) ‘Europeanization of National Defense and Security: the Greek Case’, Journal of Modern Greek Studies.
  • Violakis, P. (Accepted pending revisions) ‘Turkey’s Europeanisation: Building an Anachronism’, Journal of European Integration.
  • Violakis, P. (2018) Academic book (monograph) entitled “Europeanisation and the Transformation of EU Security Policy: Post-Cold War Developments in the Common Security and Defence Policy” Informa UK Limited trading as Routledge, an imprint of Taylor and Francis (http://www.routledge.com/9781138295155 ).
  • “ Will Erdogan’s Turkey be the occasion for the rapid realization of the Euro-Army;” Petros Violakis, 18 February 2018, (http://mignatiou.com/2018/02/tha-gini-i-tourkia-i-aformi-gia-tin-grigori-ilopiisi-tou-evrostratou/ )
  • Violakis, P. (2017) “Rhetorical exploitation of the “False News” phenomenon by Erdogan in the framework of anti-Europeanism and the building of the neo-Ottoman identity” Presentation of reseach at the symposium “Competitions and Realms of Truth in the Modern Political Speech: Post-Truth, False News and Propaganda”, Hellenic Political Science Association, 15 December 2017.
  • Violakis, P. and Dogani, M (2017) “Learning and Fear: De-Europeanisation containment strategies” Presentation of reseach at the conference “Frames of States: International politics, Strategic communication and Mass Media”, University of Piraeus, 14 December 2017.
  • Violakis, P. (2017) “Common Security Defence Policy: A Realist Approach” Presentation of research at the conference “The future of European Union: Challenges for the theory and politics.”, University of Peloponnese, Loutraki, 8-10 December 2017. Available: https://econtent.pedis.uop.gr/conf/index.php/psirconf/conf2017
  • Violakis, P. (2017) “Non-Govermental Higher Education: Challenges and Prospects” Presentation of research at the conference “Education in the 21st Century” Institute of Geopolitical Studies “National Reconstruction”, Athens, 6 November 2017,
  • Violakis, P. (2017) “The Europeanisation of the Defence and Security of the EU Member States: The Case of Greece”. Presentation of research at the conference “Greece and the International Environment: Greek Foreign Policy from the end of the Cold War to the present day” Institute of International Economic Relations, Athens, 21-22 September 2017. Available: http://idos.gr/744/  
  • Violakis, P. (2017) “Research and Development (R&D) as a means to promote Europeanisation”. 1st International Conference: Studying, Teaching, Learning the European Union, University of Piraeus, Piraeus, 1-3 September 2017. Available: http://edutrip.eu/files/program.pdf
  • Violakis, P.; Liaropoulos, A. (2017) European Defence and the Role of R&D. 5th International Conference on Applied Economics, University of Thessaly, Volos, 17-19 May 2017. Available: http://www.uth.gr/en/events/515-20170508-econ-en
  • Violakis, P. (2017) “Turkey’s de-Europeanisation: Migration and Security Issues in Eastern Mediterranean”. 4th EPEES Conference “Greece and Europe during the Economic Crisis”, Athens, April 1st, 2017. Available: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3OO3xkuYbwfZzBYb2JBV2szckZ2bWFwSzY3ZDVFdlExLVdF/view
  • Violakis, P. (2016) ‘Manipulating Europeanisation: Turkey’s Gain- Blame Game’, Second Annual Conference of the Cyprus Association of Political Science, 16-17 December 2016, Available: http://www.kysype.org/en/?p=555.
  • Violakis, P. (2016) “Turkey’s Europeanisation: A Case of Self-Induced Divergence” – Lesvos, 7-10th July The Cooperative Institute of Transnational Studies in collaboration with the University of Aegean’, Crossing Borders, Lesvos. Available: http://www.coop-its.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Crossing-Borders-conference-proceedings.pdf
  • Violakis, P. (2015) ‘Is there a democratic deficit in CFSP decision making?’, in Gerodimos, R. (ed.) First thoughts on the 25 January 2015 election in Greece – GPSG Pamphlet No 4, Bournemouth: Greek Politics Specialist Group, Political Studies Association member.
  • Violakis, P. (2008) ‘Self Organizing Networks follow RFID networks’, web magazine “ANAXARCHOS”, Issue 10, Thrace “Democritus” University, Civil Engineer Department, February.
  • Violakis, D.F.M.&.P. (2007) ‘Examination of European Security and Defence Policy: Obstacles & Options’, Provlimatismoi No 38 – Hellenic Institute of Strategic Studies, February, pp. 15-17.
  • Semertzidis, T., Koutsia, A., Dimitropoulos, K., Grammalidis, N., Kantidakis, A., Georgouleas, K. and Violakis, P. (2008) ‘Traffic Monitoring using Multiple Cameras, Homographies and Multi-Hypothesis Tracking’, 10th International Conference on Applications of Advanced Technologies in Transportation, Athens.
  • Moustakis, D.F. and Violakis, P. (2008) ‘European Security and Defence Policy Deceleration: An Assessment of the ESDP Strategy’, European Security, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 421-433.
  • Moustakis, D.F. and Violakis, P. (2006) An Examination of the European Security and Defence Policy: Obstacles & Options, Dartmouth: Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

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