Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
Ritsa Panagiotou is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE) in Athens. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Russian from Wellesley College, and an M.Phil and a D.Phil in International Relations from Oxford University. For several years she worked as a Research Associate at the European Business School (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France. She has been an Adjunct Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business, the University of Athens Postgraduate Programme in Southeast European Studies and the College Year in Athens Study Abroad programme. She has published in many scholarly journals, including Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Southeastern Europe, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, and Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. Her most recent project, 'Deciphering the Formulation of Greek Economic Diplomacy towards the Western Balkans', was published through the Hellenic Observatory Research Calls Programme, London School of Economics and Political Science (2022). Her ongoing research interests are the political economy of the Western Balkans, their EU accession prospects and Russia’s role in the region. This is her second tour at the European University Institute, as she had also been a Visiting Research Fellow in 2011. During her current stay at the Robert Schuman Centre her research will focus on the destabilizing impact the ongoing war in Ukraine is having on the Western Balkan countries and how it will affect their accession prospects.