Dr Dimitris Papadopoulos

Reader in Sociology and Organisation

Dimitris Papadopoulos

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5183
  • Email: dp241@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 328, Level 3, Ken Edwards Building
  • Office hours: Wednesday 11.00 am - 12.00 pm by appointment only

Personal details

I joined the School in 2010, following five years lecturing at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Prior to this I was Assistant Professor at the Free University of Berlin where I also earned my PhD. I am currently a Leverhulme Fellow (2018-2020) and I have been an Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow and have held resident research appointments at the Office for History of Science and Technology, University of California in Berkeley and the Centre for Cultural Studies, University of California in Santa Cruz.

My current research looks at science, technology, social transformation and the dynamics of innovation and invention. In particular, I was awarded a Leverhulme grant to work on the emergence of green and alternative chemical innovation and on two books: a monograph called Chemopolitics and Sustainable Justice and a co-edited volume called Reactivating Elements which examine new configurations of chemical science, ecological justice and elemental thinking.

I have recently completed a monograph on Experimental Practice. Technoscience, Alterontologies and More-Than-Social Movements (Duke UP, 2018) which investigates the distributed invention power of community technoscience, political movements and social innovation projects. This research draws upon my previous work on sociology of mobility and questions of organisation where I have published numerous articles and a book (Escape Routes. Control and Subversion in the Twenty-First Century, 2008) on power and control, on precarious labour and the transformation of work as well as culture, transnational mobility and the autonomy of migration.

Related to this work is my long-standing interest in the sociology of social scientific knowledge. Here I have published two monographs and an edited collection on how human experience relates to socio-material processes (Analysing Everyday Experience. Social Research and Political Change, 2006) and non-reductionist approaches to development (LS Vygotsky, 2010 and Culture in Psychology, 2002). I am currently involved in a collaborative research project on epigenetic innovation where I work with a transdisciplinary team of researchers on how different aspects of the environment are linked to biomolecular changes that regulate the genome and subsequently the constitution of our psychobiological lives.


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Research Philosophy (Doctoral Research Training)
  • Research Design & Practice (Doctoral Research Training)

Administrative responsibilities


I am interested in supervising PhD projects in the following areas: Science and Technology Studies; Innovation Studies; Organisation; Labour and Migration; Experience and Embodiment; Cultural Studies

Current PhD students include:

  • Shawn Bhimani on humanitarian logistics and the global organization of dark supply chains
  • Margherita Grazioli on the mobile commons and the housing crisis in post-welfare metropolis
  • Benjamin Gross on a decolonial approach to South Korean Higher Education
  • Gerald Devlin Milanzi on ethnic entrepreneurship in Sub Saharan Africa
  • Robert Ott on embodiment and materiality in artisanal fashion design
  • Daniele Pizio on cryptography, privacy and anonymous infrastructures in the hidden internet
  • Leandros Savvides on 3D printing and grassroots innovation
  • Nico Vass is making a graphic PhD on visual community organising
  • Tong Zhang on political governance and city branding in Chongqing



Papadopoulos, D. (in preparation). Chemopolitics and Elemental Justice. Durham: Duke University Press.

Papadopoulos, D. (2018). Experimental Practice. Technoscience, Alterontologies, and More-Than-Social Movements. Durham: Duke University Press.

Papadopoulos, D. (2010). L.S. Wygotski: Werk und Rezeption (2nd edition; 1st edition 1999). Berlin: Lehmanns Media.

Papadopoulos, D., Stephenson, N., & Tsianos, V. (2008). Escape Routes. Control and Subversion in the 21st Century. London: Pluto Press.

Stephenson, N., & Papadopoulos, D. (2006). Analysing Everyday Experience. Social Research and Political Change. Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Selected edited books and journal special issues

Papadopoulos, D., Puig de le Bellacasa, M., & Myers, N. (Eds.). (2019). Reactivating Elements. Substance, Process and Practice from Chemistry to Cosmology. Durham: Duke University Press.

Papadopoulos, D., & Sharma, S. (Eds.). (2008). Guest edited special issue: Race/Matter: Materialism and the politics of racializationDarkmatter Journal, 2.

Papadopoulos, D. (Ed.). (2004). Guest edited special issue: Psychology and the political. International Journal for Critical Psychology, 12. [ISSN: 1471-4167, 192 pages].

Hildebrand-Nilshon, M., Kim, C.-W., & Papadopoulos, D. (Eds.). (2002). Kultur (in) der Psychologie. Über das Abenteuer des Kulturbegriffes in der psychologischen Theoriebildung. Heidelberg: Asanger.

Selected papers

Papadopoulos, D. (in preparation). The problem with scale. Elemental thinking and the becoming ecological of chemical practice.

Papadopoulos, D. (in preparation). There is no future without green chemistry. Temporality and the limits of sustainability in the toxic regime.

Papadopoulos, D. (in preparation). Elementals of autonomous chemistry. In D. Papadopoulos, M. Puig de la Bellacasa, & N. Myers, (Eds.) Reactivating Elements. Substance, Process and Practice from Chemistry to Cosmology. Durham: Duke University Press.

Papadopoulos, D., & Tsianos, V. (in preparation). Autonomy of migration now: The new agenda.

Graham, J., & Papadopoulos, D. (submitted). The movement of the precarious: Organising in three acts.

Quaresma Júnior, E.A., Leite da Silva, A.R., Carrieri, A.d.P, & Papadopoulos, D. (submitted). Ontological Resistance: Escaping Power in the Vila Rubim Market.

Papadopoulos, D. (2017). Insurgent Posthumanism. In R. Braidotti, & M. Hlavajova (Eds.), Posthuman Glossary. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Papadopoulos, D. (2017). The two endings of the precarious movement. In A. Bove, E. Armano, & A. Murgia (Eds.), Mapping Precariousness, Labour Insecurity and Uncertain Livelihoods (pp. 137-148). London: Routledge.

Cromby, J., Chung, E., Papadopoulos, D., & Talbot, C. (2016). Reviewing the epigenetics of schizophreniaJournal of Mental Health, 25(6), 1-9.

Chung, E., Cromby, J., Papadopoulos, D., & Tufarelli, C. (2016). Social epigenetics: a science of social science?Sociological Review, 64(1), 168–185.

Papadopoulos, D. (2015). From publics to practitioners: Invention power and open technoscience. Science as Culture, 24(1), 108-121.

Papadopoulos, D., Tsianos, V., & Tsomou, M. (2015). Athens: Metropolitan Blockade - Real Democracy. In P. Weibel (Ed.), Global activism. Art and conflict in the 21st century (pp. 225-232). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Lilley, S., & Papadopoulos, D. (2014). Material returns: Cultures of valuation, biofinancialisation and the autonomy of politicsSociology, 48(5), 972-988.

Papadopoulos, D. (2014). Politics of matter. Justice and organisation in technoscience. Social Epistemology: A Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Policy, 28(1), 70-85.

Papadopoulos, D. (2014). Generation M. Matter, Makers, Microbiomes::Compost for Gaia. Teknokultura: Journal of Digital Culture and Social Movements, 11(3), 637-645.

Martignoni, M., & Papadopoulos, D. (2014). Genealogies of autonomous mobility. In E.F. Isin & P. Nyers (Eds.), Routledge handbook of global citizenship studies (pp. 38-48). London: Routledge.

Tsianos, V. & Papadopoulos, D. (2014). DIWY! Precarity in embodied capitalism. In A. Dimitrakaki & K. Lloyd (Eds.), Economy: Art, production and the subject in the 21st Century (pp. 123-139). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

Papadopoulos, D. & Tsianos, V.  (2013). After citizenship: autonomy of migration, organisational ontology and mobile commons. Citizenship Studies, 17(2), 178-196.

Papadopoulos, D. (2013). Το φαντασιακό της πλαστικότητας: νευρική εν-σωμάτωση, επιγενετική και οικομορφές. In Μ. Μεντίνης (Ed.), Επανορίζοντας το Ψυχοκοινωνικό: Κείμενα κριτικής κοινωνικής επιστήμης (pp. 187-229). Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Επίκεντρο.

Papadopoulos, D. (2012). Worlding justice/commoning matter. Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, 3.

Tsianos, V., Papadopoulos, D., & Stephenson, N. (2012). This is class war from above and they are winning it. What is to be done? Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture & Society, 24(3), 448-457.

Tsianos, V., & Papadopoulos, D. (2012). Crisis, migration and the death drive of capitalism. Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry, 31, 4-11.

Papadopoulos, D. (2011). The imaginary of plasticity: Neural embodiment, epigenetics and ecomorphs. Sociological Review, 59(3), 432–456. /Translations:

Papadopoulos, D. (2011). Alter-ontologies: Towards a constituent politics in technoscienceSocial Studies of Science, 41(2), 177-201.

Stephenson, N. & Papadopoulos, D. (2011). Exit from the regime of life control: Biopolitics, anticipatory risk and the excess of experience. Somatechnics, 1(2), 412-433.

Papadopoulos, D., Tsianos, V., & Tsomou, M. (2011). Athens: Metropolitan Blockade - Real Democracy. European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies Transversal Journal, 10. /Translations:

Tsomou, M., Tsianos, V., & Papadopoulos, D. (2011). Athen: Metropolitane Blockade, direkte DemokratieDISS-Journal. Zeitschrift des Duisburger Instituts für Sprach- und Sozialforschung, 22, 14-17.

Papadopoulos, D. (2010). Activist materialism. Deleuze Studies, 4(3), 64-83.

Papadopoulos, D. (2009). Klaus Holzkamp’s critical social science. Theory and Psychology, 19(2), 161-166.

Papadopoulos, D., & Tsianos, V. (2009). L’autonomia delle migrazioni. Mondi Migranti. Rivista di studi e ricerche sulle migrazioni internazionali, 2, 83-96.

Papadopoulos, D. (2008). In the ruins of representation: Identity, individuality, subjectification. British Journal of Social Psychology, 47(1), 139-165.

Blackman, L., Cromby, J., Hook, D., Papadopoulos, D., & Walkerdine, V. (2008). Creating subjectivities. Subjectivity, 22, 1-27.

Papadopoulos, D., & Sharma, S. (2008). Race/Matter. Materialism and the politics of racializationDarkmatterJournal, 2.

Papadopoulos, D., & Tsianos, V. (2007). How to do sovereignty without people? The subjectless condition of postliberal power. Boundary 2: International Journal of Literature and Culture, 34(1), 135-172.

Papadopoulos, D., & Tsianos, V. (2007). The autonomy of migration: The animals of undocumented mobility. In A. Hickey-Moody & P. Malins (Eds.), Deleuzian encounters. Studies in contemporary social issues (pp. 223-235). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Papadopoulos, D., & Stephenson, N. (2007). Traveling experience: Rethinking the limits of empirical evidence in social science. In V. van Deventer, M. Terre Blanche, E. Fourie & P. Segalo (Eds.), Citizen city: Between constructing agent and constructed agency (pp. 128-137). Toronto: Captus University Publications.

Tsianos, V., & Papadopoulos, D. (2007). Prekarität: eine wilde Reise ins Herz des verkörperten Kapitalismus, oder: Wer hat Angst vor der immateriellen Arbeit? In G. Raunig & U. Wuggenig (Eds.), Kritik der Kreativität (pp. 145-166). Wien: Verlag Turia + Kant.

Stephenson, N., & Papadopoulos, D. (2006). Outside politics/continuous experience. Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization, 6(4), 433-453.

Papadopoulos, D. (2006). World 2. On the significance and impossibility of articulation. Culture, Theory and Critique, 47(2), 165–179.

Papadopoulos, D. (2006). Klaus Holzkamp und die Kritische Psychologie. Forum Kritische Psychologie (Das Argument), 50, 11-22.

Tsianos, V., & Papadopoulos, D. (2006). Precarity: A savage journey to the heart of embodied capitalism. Transversal Journal, 11.2006.

Tsianos, V., & Papadopoulos, D. (2006). Precariedad: viaje salvaje al corazón del capitalismo corporeizado. Madrid: Brumaria, 7.

Papadopoulos, D. (2005). For a new materialist understanding of social science: Decomposing the fact-value debate. In A. H. A. Gülerce, I. Steauble, G. Saunders, &  J. Kay (Ed.), Contemporary theorizing: Global perspectives (pp. 39-47). Concord, ON: Captus Press. [ISBN: 9781553221098].

Papadopoulos, D. (2004). Editorial: Psychology and the politicalInternational Journal for Critical Psychology, 12, 5-13. [ISSN: 1471-4167].

Hage, G., & Papadopoulos, D. (2004). Ghassan Hage in conversation with Dimitris Papadopoulos: Migration, hope and the making of subjectivity in transnational capitalism. International Journal for Critical Psychology, 12, 95-117. [ISSN: 1471-4167].

Parker, I., Papadopoulos, D., & Schraube, E. (2004). Ian Parker in conversation with Dimitris Papadopoulos and Ernst Schraube: This World Demands our Attention. FQS: Forum Qualitative Social Research, 5(3), Art. 14.

Papadopoulos, D. (2003). The ordinary superstition of subjectivity. Liberalism and technostructural violence. Theory and Psychology, 13(1), 73-93.

Papadopoulos, D. (2003 ). Coming to an end: Subjectivity and liberal power. In N. Stephenson, H. L. Radtke, R. J. Jorna & H. J. Stam (Eds.), Theoretical psychology: Critical contributions (pp. 209-214). Toronto: Captus University Publications.  [ISBN: 9781553220558].

Papadopoulos, D. (2002). Dialectics of subjectivity. North-Atlantic certainties, neo-liberal rationality, and liberation promises. International Journal of Critical Psychology, 6, 99-122.

Marvakis, A., & Papadopoulos, D. (2002). Vom Universalismus zum kulturellen Reduktionismus? Die meteorische Blüte der Kulturpsychologie und ihre zukünftige Aussichten. In M. Hildebrand-Nilshon, C.-W. Kim & D. Papadopoulos (Eds.), Kultur (in) der Psychologie. Über das Abenteuer des Kulturbegriffes in der psychologischen Theoriebildung (pp. 139-160). Heidelberg: Asanger. [ISBN: 9783893343812].

Hildebrand-Nilshon, M., Motzkau, J., & Papadopoulos, D. (2001). Reintegrating sense into subjectification. In J. R. Morss, N. Stephenson & H. v. Rappard (Eds.), Theoretical issues in psychology (pp. 289-300). Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers. [ISBN: 9780792373377].

Papadopoulos, D. (1996). Observations on Vygotsky's reception in academic psychology. In C. W. Tolman, F. Cherry, R. v. Hezewijk & I. Lubek (Eds.), Problems of theoretical psychology (pp. 145-155). Toronto: Captus University Publications. [ISBN: 9781896691176].

Papadopoulos, D. (1996). Vygotsky and social science research. Critical remarks on an open relationship. In J. Lompscher (Ed.), Lernen und Entwicklung aus kulturhistorischer Sicht. Was sagt uns Wygotski heute? (pp. 93-116). Marburg: BdWi. [ISBN: 9783924684716].


Papadopoulos, D., Stephenson, N., & Tsianos, V. (2008). Escape Routes. Control and subversion in the 21st century. London: Pluto Press.
ISBN: 9780745327785, xx + 300 pages

Selected reviews and excerpts of Escape Routes:

Symposion in Rethinking Marxism: A  Journal of Economics, Culture & Society;Darkmatter; Estudios Geograficos; GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies; Grundrisse: Zeitschrift für linke Theorie & Debatte;Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; La revue internationale des livres et des idées; P2P Foundation and here; Peripherie: Zeitschrift für Politik und Ökonomie in der Dritten Welt; Radical Philosophy; Sozial.Geschichte: Zeitschrift für historische Analyse des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts; Subjectivity.

‘A profound and brilliant examination of the power of exodus to create radical interventions in perhaps the three most important and contested fields of society today: life, migration and precarious labour. It is in these fields that the present and future of multitude is at stake. Escape Routes is a toolbox in the hands of multitude.’

- Antonio Negri, author of Insurgencies: Constituent Power and the Modern State, and co-author of Empire and Multitude

‘Another world is here! So announce the authors in their preface to a stirring and intellectually inspiring book about the possibility, the necessity and the potency of escape. Rather than seeing social transformation in terms of revolt, event and abrupt shifts, the authors trace escape routes through the ordinary and through everyday practices. Escape Routes is required reading for anyone who believes in the alternative worlds produced alongside neoliberal capitalism.’

- Judith Halberstam, University of Southern California, author of In a Queer Time and Place

‘A rich variety of work starts with some version of the autonomous thesis, that the everyday actions or resistances of people precede power; they are in fact what constitute and drive power forward. Escape Routes is one of the most original and interesting efforts to build a fuller understanding of the contemporary world, by focussing on processes and mapping out some of the history of modern power and resistance.’

- Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, author of Caught in the Crossfire: Kids, Politics, and America’s Future

‘This is one of the most original treatments of some of the big questions we confront today. Even familiar subjects gain a new kind of traction as they are repositioned in the authors’ sharply defined lens of control and subversion. This is conceptualisation at its best – Escape Routes allows us to see what might otherwise be illegible and it continuously executes reversals of standard interpretations of the present.’

- Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, author of Territory, Authority, Rights


Stephenson, N., & Papadopoulos, D. (2006). Analysing everyday experience. Social research and political change. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
ISBN: 9781403935588, xix + 196 pages

'Few social scientists have successfully provided us - as persons and as social researchers - with ways to act on and transform our world. In their brilliant analysis of experience and their elucidation of the complex relationship between the socio-political and the everyday, Stephenson and Papadopoulos have done just that.'

- Susan Kippax, co-author of Emotion and Gender: Constructing Meaning from Memory; Sustaining Safe Sex and director of the Australian National Centre in HIV Social Research

'The concept of experience has always represented the touchstone of every approach in philosophy. The epistemology of subjectification developed in this book not only measures up with regard to sociological dimensions of experience, but even reaches towards the ontological fabric of research. A collective effort. A continuous effort. A historical effort. When, in a revolutionary moment, we started to develop an inquiry into the workers' class composition, we used a method we then called 'co-research', and basically we moved towards a similar approach in doing research. How wonderful to see this experience completely developed here.'

- Antonio Negri, author of Insurgencies: Constituent Power and the Modern State; Empire; Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire

'Stephenson and Papadopoulos establish that we must rethink the very foundations of experience so that it is possible to not only represent it but also to mobilize it in the name of a new politics. Along the way they revisit vital debates in social theory and craft an exceptional and convincing argument. This is a stunning reprisal for a generous version of experience; a welcome book indeed.'

- Henderikus J. Stam, editor of Theory & Psychology

'This book presents an important rethinking and positioning of experience after post-structuralism, which is of central importance for social theory. It is a crucial reading for all social scientists.'

- Valerie Walkerdine, author of Changing the Subject: Psychology, Social Regulation and Subjectivity; The Mastery of Reason; Daddy's Girl: Young Girls and Popular Culture


Papadopoulos, D. (2010). L.S. Wygotski: Werk und Rezeption. Berlin:  Lehmanns Media.
International Cultural-Historical Human Sciences Bd. 33. Hrsg. von Hartmut Giest und Georg Rückriem
ISBN: 9783865413796, 376 pages

Seit der Renaissance von L. S. Wygotskis kulturhistorischem Ansatz in den siebziger Jahren wurde sein Denken von ganz unterschiedlichen Theorieströmungen in der Psychologie sowie in den Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften aufgenommen. Dieses Buch bietet eine systematische Rekonstruktion des Wygotskischen Werks und eine kritische Analyse der aktuellen Rezeptionen seines Ansatzes. Welche sind die sozialen, politischen und methodologischen Implikationen der wichtigsten Lesarten Wygotskis? Wie kann Wygotskis Werk zu einem kritischen und situierten Verständnis heutiger Subjektivität beitragen?




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