Dr. Nikolaos Nikolakakis
Module Leader
Office 120 - Building G

Dr. Nikolaos Nikolakakis is an assistant professor of Political Science at the British University in Egypt. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens. He then continued his education in the University of Bologna, Italy, where he studied Law. Following that, he received his Master’s with distinction in International Politics and Security from the University of Dundee, where he commenced his doctoral studies that led to his PhD in September 2017.

Dr. Nikolaos' research interests relate predominately with European Party Politics, the process of European Integration, the European Radical Left, as well as Greek, Italian, and Spanish politics. He is currently working on a project that compares the political discourses of parties of the European Radical Left and leads an international research team that examines islamophobia and antisemitism in the political discourse of the European radical left and the far-right.


Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Dundee, 2017.

Thesis Title: E Pluribus Unum? The European Left Party and the ‘Left Europeanism’ of Radical Left Parties: Towards a convergence of Visions and Strategies?

MLitt. in International Politics and Security, University of Dundee, 2013.

B.A. in Law, University of Bologna, 2012.

B.A. in Political Science & History, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, 2006.

Research Interests
  • European Politics, Europeanisation and European Integration
  • Political Parties, Political Systems, Radical Left Parties and Transnational Parties, Populism
  • Comparative Politics, Europeanism, Electoral Behavior and Political Ideology
  • Discourse Analysis, Critical Theories, Post-Constructivism and Marxism
Journal Articles

Nikolakakis, N. (2021). The Italian Rifondazione Comunista and the process of European Integration; Regaining electoral strength or sinking into the political abyss? Contemporary Italian Politics

Nikolakakis, N. (2021). Left Europeanism and Proletariat Internationalism in Comparative Perspective. Journal of Political Ideologies.

Nikolakakis, N. (2021). European Radical Left Discourses in Comparative Perspective. Critical Discourse Studies.


Nikolakakis, N. & Khodary, Y. (2019). The future of US-Turkey Relations in Light of the Syrian Crisis. Trends. [In Arabic].

Nikolakakis, N. (2017).  Syriza’s stance vis-à-vis the European Union following the financial crisis: the persistence of left Europeanism and the role of the European Left party. European Politics and Society. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23745118.2016.1196918 

Nikolakakis, N. (2015). Venceremos? Syriza and the European Left Live to Fight another Day, Roman Gerodimos (ed.), First thoughts on the 20 September 2015 election in Greece, GPSG, Pamphlet no. 5.

Nikolakakis, N (2015). Syriza, Podemos, Venceremos? Syriza and the Future of the European Left. E-International Relations.

Nikolakakis, N. (2015). The Historic Victory of Syriza's Left Europeanism, Roman Gerodimos (ed.), First thoughts on the January election in Greece, GPSG, Pamphlet no. 4. 

Nikolakakis, N. (2014). Book Review: European Integration and the Communist Dilemma. Perspectives on European Politics and Society. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1080/15705854.2014.885768

Conference Papers

Nikolakakis, N. (2019). The Party of the European Left and its Counter-narrative; A Third Way between mainstream Europeanism and Euro-rejectionism? Paper given at the Conference: Counter-narratives to Regional Cooperation: Contesting European union, Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Germany.

Nikolakakis, N. (2019). The 2018 Mid-Term Elections and the State of American Party Politics; The long Process of Movementization of the American Party System. Paper given at the Seminar Organised by Al Ahram’s International Relations Magazine and the Department of Political Science of the British University in Egypt.

Nikolakakis, N. (2018). Europe at a Crossroads; The Rise of the Radical Right and its Impact on European Integration. Invited talk at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. 

Nikolakakis, N. (2017). SYRIZA, Left Europeanism and the Party of the European Left. Paper given at the Annual Conference of the Hellenic Association of Political Science.

Nikolakakis, N. (2015). The Greek Left and the financial Crisis. Paper given at the conference organised by UACES.

Nikolakakis, N. (2014). SYRIZA’s stance vis-à-vis the European Union following the financial crisis: the persistence of left Europeanism and the role of the European Left party. Paper given at the General Conference of ECPR.

Chapters in Books

Nikolakakis, N. ( 2019). Syriza, Left Europeanism and the Party of the European Left. In Eleftheriou & Balabanidis (ed.), The Syriza question: from protest to government, Themelio Publishing House, Athens, Greece.

Nikolakakis, N. (2018). The Greek Left and the financial Crisis. In Holmes & Roder (ed.), The European Left and the Financial Crisis, Manchester University Press. 

University Groups
https://bue.academia.edu/NikolaosNikosNikolakakis https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikolaos-nikos-nikolakakis-897a0244/ https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=lps97vAAAAAJ&hl=en
Comparative Politics - International Law - Introduction to Human Rights
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