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Panteion University Athens (PU)


The Institution

The Panteion School of Political Science, forerunner of the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens, was founded in 1922. After the reorganization of the education system in 1983, the School was divided into three Departments (Political Science and International Studies; Public Administration; Sociology). In 1989, the School was renamed Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and it expanded initially in nine departments, which became recently ten.

The graduate studies are planned for eight semesters. The University has a modern library and several laboratories.

The Sociology Department has around two thousand students (of 6.682 in total), while the teaching-research personnel number 25 (211-250 in total, 140 of them tenured). In the Department, two 2-year postgraduate courses of study are instituted, the second one on contemporary forms of crime, analysis and prevention was inttroduced in 2004.The Section of Criminology belongs to the Sociology Dpt . It offers courses on crime and criminality: traditional and modern forms, on criminal justice, social and crime control, as well as on the sociology of (criminal) law. The section with its seven members (five tenured) provides the students with practical training in the field of the criminal justice and welfare services, as well.

The Section is equipeed with research centre through which empirical field studies are conducted. The human resources of the postgraduate seminar, the library, and its technical support will be helpful for the project.


Members of the Project Team



Prof. Dr. Effi Lambropoulou


Research and Technical Assistants

Ms. Stella Angeli

Dr. Vassilis Bourliaskos



Professor Effi LAMBROPOULOU , Associate Professor of Criminology, Dpt. Of Sociology, Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences


Present Position

Associate Professor of Criminology, Dpt. Of Sociology, Section: Criminology, Panteion University of Sicial and Political Studies, Athens, Greece


Responsibilities within the Greek Project

Media research; Crime policy, legislation; research reports, articles, meetings and workshops on the issue of corruption.


Qualification for the Accomplishment of the Task

Ms. Lambropoulou gained valuable experience in qualitative methods of social research during her content analytical studies in several fields of criminology. It is expected that she will contribute very constructively in the multi-focused art of content analysis within the Greek project. Her collaboration with Prof. Karkatsoulis within the framework of other research projects, which have been also commonly conducted, will certainly ensure high efficiency in progress of the research.



PhD (Dr. Jur.) 1987, Penology-Criminology (areas of research: Sociology of prisons, Correctional policy), Albert-Ludwig University - Faculty of Law, Freiburg, i.Br., Germany;

Postgraduate Studies in Law (Sociology and Psychology of Criminal Law) 1982-1983, University of Bielefeld - Faculty of Law, Bielefeld, Germany;

Bachelor of Science (Law) 1981, University of Athens - Faculty of Law, Athens, Greece


Skills: In Teaching

Panteion University (1991–) Sociology of Criminal Law; Social Control; Mass Media & Deviance-Violence; Penology; Epistemological and methodological issues in Criminology

National School of Public Administration 1994-1995 Sociology of Law

Police Academy 1988-2000 Criminology and Penology; 2004-05 Research methods in Criminology


In the Field (past two years and/or relevant to the project)

Policy and Research: Correctional Facilities, Policing, Drugs

  • 2004 Public Order Policing & the Olympics 2004. Development of Police Sciences and Transfer of Knowledge into Police Education, Training and Practice (CEPOL –European Police College/Vienna, Police Academy of the Czech Republic/Prague).
  • 2001-2002 Police reform. Quality Measurement and Key Performance Indicators for the Greek Police, Draft Guide for the Best Value Performance Indicators (Police Association – POASY).
  • 2000-2001 National Drug Control policy. Strategy and Performance Measurement indicators. Best practices in other EU countries (Ministry of Public Order).
  • 1999-2000 Greek Report in the Falcone Research Project (1998/TFJHA-FAL/145) concerning Organisational Changes within the Police and Prosecution Service for increasing effectiveness and efficiency in controlling organised crime (Dutch Ministry of Justice, European Institute of Public Administration/Maastricht).
  • 2003 Internationalization of crime and international police cooperation (Tennessee Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration & The Institute of Government, Tennessee State University/Nashville)
  • 1996-2004 Member of the Central Scientific Board of Correctional Institutions (ΚΕ SF)/Greece (Ministry of Justice).
  • 1996-1997 Implementation research on the recommendations of the EuropeanCommittee for the Prevention of Torture and Degrading Treatment (CPT) of prisoners, detainees and mental patients in Greek institutions.
  • 1987-1989 Seminars with young inmates in the Juvenile Prison of Korydallos/Greece and in 1994 Planning Committee. Educational Policy in juvenile institutions (Ministry of Education and Culture).
  • 1983-1987 Max-Planck-Institute for foreign and international Penal Law (Freiburg i.Br./Germany) Evaluation of the rehabilitation programmes in the juvenile prisons of Ba-Wü State. Focal concern: A follow-up study of the inmates’ attitudes towards rehabilitation programmes operating in prisons.
  • 1990-1992 Knowledge and Opinion about Law. Research referring to the attitudes and perceptions of students concerning crime, offenders, victims, and the system of criminal justice, in cooperation with Tsouramanis, Chr., Koulouris, N., and Soustiel, R. Unpublished (only) research with students of Sociology Department
  • TV news and Press coverage on criminal issues: The effects on fear of crime evaluated in relation with the recourse to private security companies, b) TV advertisements: Presentation of life style and sex role, as well as the (under covered) use of violence, c) TV children programmes: Fear and aggressiveness.


Publications (past two years and/or relevant to the project):


  • Internal Security and Control Society . Kritiki, Athens 2001 (in Greek).
  • Sociology of Criminal Law and the Institutions of Crime Control . Ellinika Grammata, Athens 1999 (in Greek).
  • The Social Construction of Reality and the Mass Media: The Case of Violence and Criminality . Ellinika Grammata, Athens 1997 (in Greek).
  • Social and Crime Control , Papazissis: Athens 1994 (in Greek).



  • “Criminal ‘organisations’ in Greece and public policy: from non-real to hyper-real? ”. International Journal of the Sociology of Law (IJSL) 31 (2003): 69–87.
  • “Citizens’ Safety, Business Trust and Greek Police”. International Review of Administrative Sciences (IRAS) 70 (2002): 89–110.
  • “Greece”. Den Boer, M. (ed.), Organised Crime. Α Catalyst in the Europeanisation of National Police and Prosecution Services? , Falcone Research Project (1998/TFJHA-FAL/145), European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht 2002: 261-308.
  • “The ‘End’ of Correctional Policy and the Management of the Correctional Problem in Greece”. European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice 9 (2001): 33-55.
  • “Violence and Crime in the Mass Media. Are Bad News Good News?”, in: The Treatment of Criminals and Victims on the Threshold of the 21st Century. Memory of Elias Daskalakis, Volume (II), National Centre of Social Research, Athens 2000: 415-429 (in Greek).
  • “Press and Crime”, Lambropoulou, E. & Arfaras, A., in: The Treatment of Criminals andVictims on the Threshold of the 21st century. Memory of Elias Daskalakis, Volume (II), National Centre of Social Research, Athens 2000: 431-444 (in Greek).
  • “Report on Greece”. The Prevention of Torture in Southern Europe. An Assessment of the Work of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture in the South of Europe, Record of the Seminar held in Oñati, Spain, 17-18 April 1997, Geneva, December 1997: 49-62.
  • “Attitudes and Perceptions of Students concerning Crime, Its Protagonists, Criminality, and the System of Criminal Justice”, Lambropoulou, E. et al. see above c, in: Annals of the Laboratory for Criminological Sciences, Law School, University of Thrace 10 (1996): 34-67 (in Greek).



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