UCL Urban Laboratory

Dr Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou

Dr Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou

Lecturer in Social Theory and Social Policy

IOE - Social Science

UCL Institute of Education

Joined UCL
11th Jan 2017

Research summary

Aris' research spans social theory, political and economic sociology, and social movements studies. It explores the development of new social inequalities, solidarities and modes of resistance in late financial capitalism; his work has focused specifically on the role of civil society in the articulation of alternative imaginaries, discourses and practices of organizing, especially in the context of economic crises, financialisation and nationalist politics. With Judith Butler and Chiara Bottici he leads the research project 'Imaginal Politics', in collaboration with the International Consortium of Critical Theory Program at UC Berkeley. 

Aris' work has been published or is forthcoming in international peer-reviewed journals such as The Sociological Review, Sociology - The Journal of the British Sociological Association, Human Relations, Organization Studies, British Journal of Sociology, the Journal of Cultural Economy, Public Administration, Migration & Society, and Sociological Research Online. His current book project is titled Speculative Communities

Postgraduate supervision 

I welcome applications from candidates interested in undertaking PhD research in the intersections of social theory and political economy, particularly in the following areas:

  • the sociology of finance & financialisation
  • capitalism studies, especially Max Weber & Cornelius Castoriadis 
  • collective movements, activism and direct action, especially in housing & finance
  • new nationalisms 
  • utopian/dystopian thinking & the social imagination 
  • the politics of speculation 

Teaching summary

- Social Theory & The Study of Contemporary Social Problems, MSc (Module Leader)

- Power, State and Collective Action, BSc year 3 (Module Leader)

Current PhD students

- Héctor Rios-Jara (Topic: 'Neoliberalism and social conflict - Structure and contingency of anti-austerity student protests in England and Chile')

- Yixuan Fan (Topic: 'The new Xenologies of China - A case study of foreign muslim diaspora in Yiwu')


University of Cambridge
PhD, Organisation Studies | 2013


Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Social Theory. He joined UCL's Department of Social Science in January 2017 from King's College London where he was Post-doctoral Research Fellow. Aris holds a BSc in Economics and gained his PhD in organisational sociology at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, a member of the American Sociological Association, and a Senior Editor at Public Seminar. 

Aris is founder and co-lead of the UCL Sociology & Social Theory Research Group, convener of the Citizenship, social imagination and collective action research seminar series, and a member of the Steering Committee of the UCL Urban Laboratory.