Dr Monastiriotis is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the European Institute, London School of Economics (UK). He is Director of the LSE Research Unit on Southeast Europe and holds affiliations with LSE’s Department of Geography and Environment and the Hellenic Observatory. He has held visiting positions at Harvard University, Cambridge University, the University of Groningen, and others. His research focuses on economic policy and performance at the regional, national and supra-national levels, with emphasis on labour markets, economic growth and the macro-economy. He has published numerous articles in economics and regional science journals, including Regional Studies, the Journal of Regional Science, the British Journal of Industrial Relations and Oxford Economics Papers; has strong media and consultancy experience; and has received various distinctions including the Moss Madden Medal in Regional Science (2008). He has a PhD in Economic Geography (LSE), an MSc in Economics (University of Macedonia) and a BSc in Economics (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). He is Co-editor of Spatial Economic Analysis (Taylor & Francis), Committee Member of the British and Irish Section of the Regional science Association International and member of various professional associations and editorial boards.