Iakovos Makropoulos

Iakovos Makropoulos

Research Assistant in Politics

University of Strathclyde


Iakovos Makropoulos is a Research Assistant working on the Representative Audit of Britain 2019. The aim of the RAB project is to understand more about the backgrounds, beliefs and activities of candidates standing in the 2019 British General Election. The research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and is undertaken by a research team based at several well-regarded British universities: King’s College London, University College London, University of Strathclyde, Queen Mary University of London and Royal Holloway University of London.

In his latest publication together with Sofia Collignon and Wolfgang Rüdig, based on a survey of local councillors and members of the public in England in the early phase of the lockdown, show that the UK government lockdown measures enjoyed overwhelming support among local elites as well as the general public. However, they find sources of lack of support even at this early stage. The opposition among the public is mainly based on ‘populist’ attitudes that became prominent in the Brexit debate such as evaluations of immigration and scepticism about climate change. These sources of dissent could be expected to become more prominent as the pandemic unravels.


  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Behaviour
  • Quantitative Methods


  • PhD in Politics, 2022 (expected)

    University of Strathclyde

  • Associate Fellow Status, The Higher Education Academy, 2020

    Certificate of competence in university teaching

  • Msc in Political Analysis, 2017

    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

  • BSc in Political Sciences, 2014

    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki



Research Assistant

on the Representative Audit of Britain 2019 funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Feb 2020 – Present University of Strathclyde

Grants & Awards

Strathclyde Graduate School Conference Fund £870

Research Excellence Award for the degree of Ph.D. in Politics (fully funded scholarship).


Recent Publications

(2020). Determinants of personalised campaigning. A comparative analysis. In D. W. Lieven, R. Karlsen & H. Schmitt (Eds.), Parliamentary Candidates Between Voters and Parties. A Comparative Perspective (pp. 97-119). London: Routledge.

(2019). SYRIZA’s Victorious Defeat. In P. Manoli (Ed.), First Thoughts on the 7 July 2019 Election in Greece. Series: GPSG Pamphlet.



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