UCL Anthropology


Alexia Liakounakou

Alexia Liakounakou

Email: alexia.liakounakou.14@ucl.ac.uk

Website: https://greekanthropologist.tumblr.com/

Year of start: 2015

Subject: Social/Medical Anthropology

Research Topic/Provisional Dissertation Title:

Austere Beauty: Cosmetic medicine in Greece during the financial crisis


Main supervisor: Charles Stewart
Second supervisor: Joe Calabrese


I'm currently researching invasive and non-invasive cosmetic surgery trends in Greece during the financial crisis (2009-present). The main aim is to understand the effects of 'the crisis' on consumption patterns, social relationships and on the meanings of beauty and 'happiness'.

Research Interests

  • Medical Anthropology 
  • Anthropology of the Body 
  • Modernity/postmodernism
  • Anthropology of crisis/suffering
  • Feminist theory 

Teaching Experience

2016-17: Seasonal lecturer (Anthropology of the Body), Erasmus programme. Panteion University, Athens, Greece.

Academic Background/Education

  • MRes Social Anthropology (UCL)
  • MA Social Anthropology (SOAS)
  • BA History of Art/Archaeology (SOAS)

Honours and Awards

  • (2015) Inclusion in Dean's List for academic excellence (UCL)
  • (2005) Best Undergraduate Student Prize in Department of Arts and Humanities (SOAS)