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Dr Theofilos  Gkinopoulos

Dr Theofilos Gkinopoulos

Senior Research Officer
Phone: 2310 224421

Theofilos Gkinopoulos has obtained his PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Surrey and has conducted his postdoctoral research at the University of Greenwich (UK) and the University of Crete (Greece). He has also been a Visiting Professor of mixed social research methods at the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Psychology. Currently, he is a research associate at the South East European Research Centre (SEERC). His research interests lie in the areas of intraindividual, interpersonal and intergroup behaviors in times of change and uncertainty, as well as the intraindividual and intergroup underpinnings of political behavior.




Azevedo, F., Pavlović, T., Rêgo, G.G. et al. (2023). Social and moral psychology of COVID-19 across 69 countries. Sci Data, 10, 272.


Jameson, J., Barnard, J., Rumyantseva, N., Essex, R., and Gkinopoulos, T. (2023). A systematic scoping review and textual narrative synthesis of trust amongst staff in higher education settings. Studies in Higher Education, 48 (3), 424-444.


Iatridis, T., Gkinopoulos, T., & Kadianaki, I. (2022). Ideological Contestation on Twitter over Diversity: Constructions of Diversity as Clashing Projects. Political Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/pops.12862


Gkinopoulos, T. (2022). Victim-focused political apology predicts political support via perceived sincerity, trust and positive emotional climate: The case of the 2018 bushfire in Attica. Journal of Social and Political Psychology. 10(2), 475-490.


Gkinopoulos, T., Elbaek-Truelsen, C., and Mitkidis, P. (2022). Morality in the echo chamber: The relationship between belief in COVID-19 conspiracy theories and public health support and the mediating role of moral identity and morality-as-cooperation across 67 countries. PLoS ONE, 17(9), e0273172.


Gkinopoulos, T., & Mari, S. (2022). How exposure to real conspiracy theories motivates collective action and political engagement? Τhe moderating role of primed victimhood and underlying emotional mechanisms in the case of 2018 bushfire in Attica. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 1-18.


Van Bavel, J.J., Cichocka, A., Capraro, V. et al. (2022). National identity predicts public health support during a global pandemic. Nature Communications, 13, 517-530.


Pavlovic, T., Azevedo, F., De, K., Maglic, M., Doonnelly Kehoe, P.A., Gkinopoulos, T. et al. (2022). Predicting attitudinal and behavioral responses to COVID-19 using machine learning. PNAS Nexus.


Gkinopoulos, T., Sagherian-Dickey, T., & Schaafsma, J. (2022). “Sorry for what we did”: A Social Psychological Understanding of Political and Intergroup Apologies (Introduction to the Special Issue). International Review of Social Psychology, 35(1), 4-6. DOI:


Pagliaro, S., Sacchi, S., Pacilli, M. G., Brambilla, M., Lionetti, F., Bettache, K., Bianchi, M., Biella, M., Bonnot, V., Boza, M., Butera, F., Ceylan-Batur, S., Chong, K., Chopova, T., Crimston, C. R., Álvarez, B., Cuadrado, I., Ellemers, N., Formanowicz, M., Graupmann, V.,… Zubieta, E. (2021). Trust predicts COVID-19 prescribed and discretionary behavioral intentions in 23 countries. PloS one, 16(3), e0248334.


Gkinopoulos, T. (2020). Social politicised identities and political participation in LGBT+ community. In E.O.Christidi & N.Papathanasiou (Eds). Introduction to psychological resilience: Mental health services for LGBT+ people. Athens: Gutenberg.


Pantazi, M., Gkinopoulos, T., Witkowska, M., Bilewicz, M., & Klein, O. (2020). 'Historia est Magistra Vitae'? The Impact of Historical Victimhood on Current Conspiracy Beliefs. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations,

Gkinopoulos, T. (2020). Identity entrepreneurship enactment in political commemorations: A longitudinal quantitative content analysis of commemorative speeches of leaders of parties in power and in opposition before and during the break-out of the Greek economic crisis. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 8(2), 582-599.


Gkinopoulos, T. (2019). Nostalgic memories and human rights: Integrating subjective experiences with universal needs. Theory and Psychology, 29(6), 853-862.


Bilewicz, M., Witkowska, M., Pantazi, M., Gkinopoulos, T., & Klein, O. (2019). Traumatic rift: How conspiracy beliefs undermine cohesion after societal trauma. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 15(1), 82-93.


Madoglou, A., Xanthopoulos, P., Kalamaras, D., & Gkinopoulos, T. (2018). Nostalgia: The right to life for elderly people. In A. Giotsa (Ed.). Human rights in a changing world: Research and applied approaches. NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.


Gkinopoulos, T., & Hegarty, Peter (2018). Commemoration in Crisis: A Discursive Analysis of Who 'We' and 'They' have been or become in ceremonial political speeches before and during the Greek Financial Downturn. British Journal of Social Psychology, 57(3), 591-609.


Sools, A., Triliva, S., Fragkiadaki, E., Tzanakis, M., & Gkinopoulos, T. (2018). The Greek referendum vote of 2015 as a paradoxical communicative practice. A narrative, future-making approach. Political Psychology, 39(5), 1141-1156.


Madoglou, A., Gkinopoulos, T. Xanthopoulos, P., & Kalamaras, D. (2017). Representations of autobiographical nostalgic memories: Generational effect, gender, proneness to nostalgia and communication of nostalgic experiences. Journal of Integrated Social Sciences, 7(1), 60-88.


Madoglou, A., Gkinopoulos. T., Xanthopoulos, P., & Kalamaras, D. (2017). The uses and abuses of concepts: An epistemological dialogue and a reply to Iuri Conceicao's commentary. Journal of Integrated Social Sciences, 7(1), 98-106.


Stone, C., Gkinopoulos, T., & Hirst, W. (2017). Forgetting history: The mnemonic consequences of listening to selective recountings of history. Memory Studies, 10(3), 286-296.


Gkinopoulos, T. (2017). Positioning groups across time: A qualitative analysis of the use of temporal account in commemorative political statements. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 14(3), 288-314.


Moraitou, D., Papantoniou, G., Gkinopoulos, T., & Nigritinou, M. (2014). Older adults' decoding of emotions: Age-related differences in interpreting dynamic emotional displays and the well-preserved ability to recognize happiness. Psychogeriatrics, 13, 139-147.


Gkinopoulos, T., Moraitou, D., Papantoniou, G., Kotselidou, D., & Nigritinou, M. (2014). Decoding of basic emotions from dynamic visual displays in dementia: A sign of loss of positivity bias in emotional processing in cognitively unhealthy ageing? Open Journal of Medical Psychology, 3, 325-336.


Pownall, M., Azevedo, F., König, L. M., Slack, H. R., Evans, T. R., Flack, Z., …Gkinopoulos, T., ..., and Sadhwani, S. (2023). Teaching open and reproducible scholarship: A critical review of the evidence base for current pedagogical methods and their outcomes. Royal Society Open Science, 10(5), Article 221255.

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