Dimitris Dalakoglou

Professor of Social Anthropology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Dimitris Dalakoglou is Professor, holding the Chair in Social Anthropology at Vrije University Amsterdam. He is also affiliated with the Sussex Centre for Global Political Economy.

He is working on mobility, cross-border and urban infrastructures in the Balkans and Greece and he has been one of the first anthropologists approaching the Greek crisis ethnographically. In 2012 was awarded an ESRC-Future Research Leaders grant for the project 'The City at a time of Crisis' (crisis-scape.net), he co-created the map of racist attacks in Athens and he does research on migration and the borders of Greece since 2004.

His books include 'Roads and Anthropology', (2014, 2012) 'Crisis-scapes: Athens and Beyond' (2014) and Revolt and Crisis in Greece'.

Ηe is the author of various articles and book chapters e.g. 'The Bottom of Aegean Sea and Golden Dawn', 'Neo-Nazism and Neoliberalism', 'The Crisis Before the Crisis: Violence and neo-liberalism in Athens', 'Beyond Spontaneity' or 'The Road from Capitalism to Capitalism', 'Migrating-remitting-’building’-dwelling', 'The Road: An Ethnography of the Albanian-Greek Cross-Border Motorway', Crisis in revolt in Greece and Europe' etc.

He has co-produced the documentaries 'Future Suspended', the 'Politics of Knives', and 'Landscapes of Emergency', see also 'Athens Social Meltdown'.

His PhD thesis was titled an Anthropology of the Road (UCL, 2009) and he holds an MA on Migration Studies (UvA). He was Honourary Research Fellow in Material Culture at UCL, Department of Anthroplogy (2008-2011) and Visiting Scholar at CUNY Graduate Center, Center for Place, Culture and Politics (2013-2014).


  • 2015–present
    Professor, Vrije University Amsterdam
  • 2009–2015
    Senior Lecturer, University of Sussex
  • 2007–2008
    Teaching Fellow , UCL


  • 2009 
    UCL, PhD
  • 2004 
    UvA, MA
  • 2003 
    Panteion University Athens, BA hons

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2006
    Material Culture of Albanian Migration i Greece and Italy
    Funding Source:
    European Research Council
  • 2004
    An Anthropology of the Road
    Funding Source:

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute
  • Member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists