Dr Dimitris Papadopoulos

Reader in Sociology and OrganisationDimitris Papadopoulos

Room 328, Level 3, Ken Edwards Building

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5183

Email: dp241@le.ac.uk

Office hours: by appointment

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 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 research looks at science, technology and the dynamics of innovation and invention. 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 politics, questions of organisation and geographies of mobility where I have published numerous articles and a book (Escape Routes, Pluto Press 2008) on power and control, on precarious labour and the transformation of work as well as culture, transnational mobility and the autonomy of migration.

I am currently working on a monograph called Ecological Chemospheres and a co-edited volume called Reactivating Elements which examine new configurations of chemical science and elemental thinking. In particular, I am interested in the becoming ecological of chemical practice, from the role of chemicals in intra- and interspecies exchanges, through research on toxicity and the environmental impact of manufactured chemicals, to the emergence of green chemistry and the dispersion of chemical knowledge in amateur science, indigenous knowledge systems and community science and innovation.

Related to this work is my current research 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. This collaborative research on psychiatric epigenetics connects to my long-standing interest in geographies 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, Palgrave 2006) and non-reductionist approaches to ontogenetic development (LS Vygotsky, Lehmanns 2010 and Culture in Psychology, Asanger 2002).


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

Administrative responsibilities



Selected edited books and journal special issues

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

Selected papers

  • Papadopoulos, D. (in preparation). Chemical futures. The becoming ecological of chemical practice. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
  • Papadopoulos, D. (in preparation). Green molecules, ecology and disruptive chemical innovation. Science, Technology & Human Values.
  • Papadopoulos, D. (in preparation). Elementals of autonomous chemistry. In N. Myers, D. Papadopoulos, & M. Puig de la Bellacasa (Eds.) Reactivating Elements. Substance, Process and Innovation from Chemistry to Cosmology. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Papadopoulos, D., & Tsianos, V. (in preparation). Autonomy of migration now: The new agenda. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
  • Graham, J., & Papadopoulos, D. (submitted). The movement of the precarious: A history 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. London: Routledge.
  • Cromby, J., Chung, E., Papadopoulos, D., & Talbot, C. (2016). Reviewing the epigenetics of schizophrenia. Journal 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.
  • 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. (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].
  • 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. (1998). Επιστημολογικοί περιορισμοί της ακαδημαϊκής ψυχολογίας. Utopia: Journal of Theory and Culture, 30, 99-118. [ISSN: 1105-9141]
  • Papadopoulos, D. (1998). Η επαναφορά της ιστορίας και του υποκειμένου στη μεθοδολογία της ψυχολογίας. Utopia: Journal of Theory and Culture, 29, 103-117. [ISSN: 1105-9141]
  • 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].


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



Esc Routes Cover

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


AEExperience CoverStephenson, 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


Wygotski CoverPapadopoulos, 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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