Calliope Spanou is professor of Administrative Science-Public Administration at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, where she teaches since 1989. She studied Public Law and Political Science in Greece (Kapodistrian University of Athens) and Administrative Science in France (Université de Picardie, Amiens) where she received the title of Docteur d’Etat en Science Politique-Science Administrative with distinction. She speaks English, French and Greek and has working knowledge of German and Italian.

She was elected by a special committee of the Hellenic Parliament and served as the Greek Ombudsman (2011-2015) while she had also served as Deputy Ombudsman (2003-11).

She was Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence (2016), visiting researcher at the Fondation de la Maison des Science des l’Homme – CNRS (Paris 2018), Universities Paris II and Paris-Versailles (1996), the LSE – Government Department, the Centre for European Studies, Nuffield College, Oxford (1994) and the Centre des Recherches Administratives (CNRS) Paris (1991)

She has been an advisor at the Ministry of Interior, Public Administration and Decentralization, Advisor of Studies at the National Centre of Public Administration and, inter alia, she cooperates since many years with the OECD (SIGMA, GOV) as a consultant for public administration issues in various countries. She has been member of the Steering Committee of the European Group of Public Administration, President of the Hellenic Political Science Association and member of the Board of the National Center of Public Administration and the National Center for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Her publications include books, articles and chapters in Greek, English and French.

Recent publications include:

“Which reforms? Governing under external pressure”, Athens: Pataki editions, 2021 [in Greek]

“Building governance capacity” In Ev Venizelos, K. Kostis, Ev. Hadjivasileiou (eds.) Laboratory: Greece. Athens: Epikentro, 2021 (131-141) [in Greek]

“Public administration”, in K. Featherstone, D.A. Sotiropoulos (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Modern Greek Politics, Oxford: Oxford  University Press 2020 (170-186).

“Constant elements in the functioning of the political-administrative system and governance capacity”. In Y. Voulgaris, K. Kostis, and S. Rizas  (eds.), The Great Transformation: Politics and the State in Greece during the 20th and 21st Centuries (pp. 410–437). Athens: Patakis 2020 (410-437) [in Greek]

“Between Domestic Learning and External Coercion: Budgeting and Fiscal Management Reform in Greece”, South European Society and Politics 25 (1) 2020, 1-26 DOI:10.1080/13608746.2020.1762372

“External influence on structural reform: Did policy conditionality strengthen reform capacity in Greece?” Public Policy and Administration 35(2) 2020: 135–157 (online first 2018 DOI: 10.1177/0952076718772008)

“Tangling with the Troika: ‘domestic ownership’ as political and administrative engagement in Greece, Ireland, and Portugal”, with Niamh Hardiman,  Joaquim Filipe Araújo & Muiris MacCarthaigh. Public Management Review 2019, 1265-1286 DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2019.1618385