Dr. Ioannis Prinos

Social Innovation Researcher - Centre for SME Development

Media Factory, ME418

+44 (0) 1772 89 5669


Ioannis, is seeking to combine empirical research and social theory in understanding the socio-dynamics of unequal power relations and their consequences in terms of poverty, marginalisation, inequality and social justice. This includes access to housing, employment, income, health, social security and education, as well as wider questions of citizenship, urban governance, labour market processes, the stigmatisation of “outsider” groups, and the ways public social policy, the welfare state and the third sector / social economy, intersect within these processes and debates.

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For Ioannis, social research is driven by the need for a deeper understanding of the development of contemporary urban society and its unequal outcomes, alongside an explicit engagement with public policy; particularly social policy and the challenges it faces. By extension, this often entails the exposure of policy “myths” and critique of the inadequacy of both current conceptualisations and applied policy solutions. It is only through a combination of empiricism, detachment and theoretical engagement that researchers can truly understand the social world and begin to strive for a human coexistence that is more equitable, harmonious and meaningful than it has been up to now. Given this commitment, much of his research interests are interlinked, overlap and are not so easy to compartmentalize, conceptually or thematically. Nonetheless, two dominant themes to date can be discerned:

  1. Public governance and, specifically, the governance of behaviour as it is reflected in the design, strategic goals and applied policies of modern social welfare programmes, as well as their associated ‘governance technologies’, narratives and legitimizing discourses in culture, society and politics.
  2. Developing a theoretically-informed understanding of the power relations and socioeconomic processes associated with group stigmatisation / marginalisation and the efforts for the (re)integration of vulnerable social groups (i.e. the homeless, people with mental health problems, ex-offenders, welfare recipients, drug users, etc.). The underlying goal is to link these processes -as they are reflected in applied policy- to the realms of governance, the concept of social citizenship and the role of the Voluntary Community & Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE) within the broader context of social welfare transformations, and the impact of community wealth-building strategies such as the ‘Preston Model’.


  • Ph.D. Social Policy, Sheffield Hallam, 2016
  • MRes. Sociology – Social Research, Vrije University of Amsterdam, 2012
  • M.Sc. Computer Science, University of Manchester, 2006
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Social Policy & Social Anthropology, Athens Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences, 2001


Prinos, I. (2017). “The Crisis and Urban Marginalisation in Greece”. Paper presented to the 2017 ESPAnet Conference: “New Horizons of European Social Policy: Risks, Opportunities and Challenges”, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2017.

Prinos, I. (2016). “The Impact of Service-Users’ Input in Social Support-Oriented Third Sector Organisations’ Planning and Activities: The Case of a UK TSO”. Paper presented to the 2016 ESPAnet Conference, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, September 2016.

Prinos, I. (2015). “Inequality and Social Protection at the Local Level: Undermining or Reinforcing Social Policy?” Invited paper presented to the Department of Sociology Seminar Series, Athens, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece, December 2015.

Prinos, I. (2014). “The Greek Crisis, the Welfare State and the Third Sector: Any Hope? Paper presented to the international symposium “The Third Sector, the State and the Market: Challenges and Opportunities in an Era of Austerity”. Sheffield Hallam University, UK, 28 October 2014.

Prinos, I. (2014). “Public Policy, The Third Sector and Social Welfare Governance”. Short paper presented to the PhD Showcase Seminar Series, CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, September 2014.


Damm, C., Prinos, I., & Sanderson, E. (2017). Greater Manchester state of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector 2017: A report on social and economic impact.

Prinos I. (2015). Ethnography in Times of Social Unrest: Conducting Qualitative Social Research During the Greek Crisis (in Greek). The Greek Review of Social Research, 145 (B), Athens: National Centre for Social Research (EKKE).

Prinos, I. (2014). Golden Dawn, Media Representation and the Neoliberal Restructuring of Social Welfare: On the Greek Crisis and the Mobilization of Disidentifications. Sociological Research Online, 19(3), 5.

Prinos I. (2014). Welfare and Behavioural Control: Politics through Solidarity in the Post-Crisis Greek Third Sector. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 41(2).


Ioannis’ current research focus is into the investigation of the broader socioeconomic impact of the ‘Preston Model’ within the context of central government policy, focusing on co-operative values and principles and the ways those can bring forth a new paradigm of socioeconomic organization, democratic participation and even give birth to new group identification processes.


Greek Sociology Association

Greek Social Policy & Social Work Professionals Association

Research Activities

Innovation and Enterprise – Centre for SME Development