Dr Georgios Samaras

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
King’s College London



I was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and raised in Brussels, Belgium. Presently, I am residing in London, UK where I am employed as an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at King's College London.

My educational achievements include a PhD in Political Science (2021) and an MA in Education Policy (2018), both obtained from King's College London, as well as a BA in Language and Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2014). During the years 2019 to 2022, I taught politics at the London School of Economics, UCL, and Fordham University, specializing in Europe and the state of global media. In 2023, my first monograph will be published.

My focus during my PhD research at King's College London was on the rise of far-right extremism in Greece during the fiscal crisis years, with an emphasis on the online activity and mobilization of such groups on social networking sites. At present, my research interests encompass the communication strategies employed by extremist groups in the 21st century, particularly in white terrorism, as well as media manipulation and state-controlled propaganda in authoritarian states.

My role at King's College London includes participation in the research group dedicated to Authoritarianism, while I also serve as a Fellow for Team Populism.

Over the course of the past four years, I have had the privilege of serving as a policy adviser in Greece, diligently collaborating with the opposition to craft effective and impactful policy responses.

In my spare time I record and perform music as Plastic Flowers. I have been coding strange algorithms on MAX/MSP too. I also enjoy coding, drawing, and surfing. I am a Taekwon-Do black belt holder and occasionally, I release mixtapes.