Ioannis Armakolas is Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics of Southeast Europe at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia and Member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA).
He is also the "Stavros Costopoulos" Research Fellow and Head of the South-East European Programme at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and Editor in Chief of the journal 'Southeast European and Black Sea Studies’ (Taylor & Francis). He has previously served as an Economic & Social Research Council Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, the Director of the South-East Europe Programme at the Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM, think tank of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the Director of Research at the US-Greece Task Force: Transforming the Balkans (Joint Research Programme of EKEM and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC), the Region Head for South East Europe at Oxford Analytica, UK, a Tip O'Neill Fellow in Peace and Conflict Studies at the research centre Initiative on Conflict Resolution & Ethnicity (INCORE) (joint program of Ulster University & United Nations University) in Northern Ireland. He was also key researcher on Bosnia and Herzegovina in the research program 'Cultural Heritage and Reconstruction of Identities after Conflict' (CRIC), which was funded by the European Commission under the Framework Program 7.
He has taught in several Greek universities. He has a long experience as a consultant for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK Department of International Development (DFID) projects in the Western Balkans and has been engaged as research coordinator, lead researchers and co-author for several policy reports on the Western Balkans. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (2007), an MA from the University of Kent and a first degree from Panteion University (Department of Political Science and International Studies).