Theocharis Grigoriadis is a graduate of the University of Athens, Yale University, Saint Petersburg State University and the University of California, Berkeley. As Professor of Economics at the Institute of East European Studies he concentrates in economics of religion and culture, political economy, comparative economic systems and economic development. His research provides an analytical ground for the identification of mechanisms through which religion shapes political regimes, perceptions of centralization and the provision of public goods. Moreover, he maintains a strong interest in foreign aid effectiveness and its institutions.
The chair’s regional focus is on Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, while developing comparative research questions with the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa. Teaching interests include political economy, transition economics, energy economics and policy, comparative economics and growth theory.