Laboratory of Mediterranean Politics (Presidential decree 188-GG 177 t.A” 2/8/2000)

The Laboratory of Mediterranean Politics accommodates for teaching and research needs in matters of Euro-Mediterranean Relations, International Politics with an emphasis on the Mediterranean and International Economic Relations with an emphasis on relations of the European Union with Mediterranean countries. Its main objective is to cover the department’s needs as well as the needs of the rest of the university’s departments in the undergraduate and postgraduate level, in matters which involve the activities of the laboratory. (article 2, par.1 of PD)



Director: Professor Ioannis A. Seimenis
Laboratory Staff: Paraskevi-Anna Atzemi

Laboratory Collaborators

  • Ioannis Sakkas, Professor in the Department of Mediterranean Studies
  • Georgios Maris, Associate Professor in the Department of Mediterranean Studies
  • Panagiota Manoli, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Peloponnese
  • Doctor Agapitos Xanthis


Accommodated in the Laboratory to complete their research projects whilst on sabbatical leave:

  • Professor Esra Danacioglu, Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Yildiz University of Istanbul
  • Alberto Javier Báez-García, Assistant Professor in the Department of Constitutional Law, Political Science and Philosophy of Law, University of La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife


Doctoral theses

As part of the research carried out in the laboratory and under the supervision of Professor I. Seimenis, the following graduates have completed their doctoral theses:

  1. Dr Miltiadis Makrigiannis, on parliamentary diplomacy
  2. Dr Konstantinos Fotiadis, on analysis and processing of data from satellite images with algorithms (in cooperation with the Department of Information & Communication Systems Engineering of the University of the Aegean)
  3. Dr Stergios Malakis, on minority populations in the Balkans
  4. Dr Damianos Sakas, on strategy and communication
  5. Dr Agapitos Xanthis, on energy matters in the Eastern Mediterranean
  6. Dr Sofoulis Tataridis, on Greek-Turkish relations
  7. Dr Antonios Samouris, on the Islamic movement in Western Europe
  8. Dr Marina Terzi, on strategy and communication
  9. Dr Georgios Noulas, on parliamentary diplomacy
  10. Dr Christina Loe, on tourism
  11. Dr Aglaia-Eleni Louizidi, on security issues in tourism
  12. Dr Nikitas Bolkas, on immigration policies
  13. Dr Alexis Ziogas, on International Law of the Sea


Collaboration with public & private institutions

The Laboratory has collaborated with:

  • Hellenic Parliament
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Hellenic National Defence General Staff
  • Research Centre for Greek Society – Academy of Athens
  • International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS)
  • Greek Centre of European Studies
  • Hellenic Foundation for Culture
  • Institute of International Relations


International cooperation projects

The Head of Laboratory, Professor I. Seimenis, has participated in the Joint European Projects of the European Commission:
i) Educating public administration staff for Poland’s admission in the EU
ii) Administration reform in universities of Serbia
iii) Creation of a European Studies’ program and founding of an institution in the Law School of the University in Banja Luka


Students’ theses

The activities of the laboratory include the completion of theses for undergraduate and postgraduate students under the supervision of Professor I. Seimenis.


Student training program

The Laboratory’s student training program of the Department of Mediterranean Studies has been scheduled with the cooperation of many host institutions for students. More specifically the International Relations Division is cooperating with the following institutions:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Diplomatic Academy
  • Aegean Institute of the Law of the Sea & the Maritime Law
  • The Foundation for Mediterranean Studies
  • Chamber of Commerce of the Dodecanese
  • Greek National Tourism Organisation (EOT) of the Dodecanese
  • University of the Aegean – Faculty of Humanities
  • Municipalities and Regional governments (trainee proposal)
  • Banks (trainee proposal)
  • Hellenic Parliament
  • International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS)



  • Seimenis, Ioannis Α. (ed.), The Mediterranean in the 21st century. Problems and prospects, Zetes editions, 2002
  • “Political stability and economic development in the Mediterranean”, Hellenic studies, volume 14, no 1, Spring 2006


Contact details

Office A.23 (1st floor)
“7th March” Campus Building
Department of Mediterranean Studies
University of the Aegean
1, Dimokratias Avenue
85132 Rhodes, Greece
Tel: +30 22410 99382 & 99384