Director of Research, University of Reading, UK
Nikos Georgantzis is a founding member of MED-SEC and a Professor of Behavioural Economics in the School of Agriculture Policy and Development at the University of Reading. He studied Economics at the University of Piraeus and he has an MPhil from the University of Wales (UC Swansea) and an MA and PhD from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy).
Previously, he held a Chair in Economic Theory and Experimental Economics at the Universitat Jaume I (Castellón, Spain), becoming the co-founder of one of the largest experimental economics labs in Europe and the world, the Laboratorio de Economía Experimental (LEE), hosting a research team of 25 full time members. Between 2008 and 2013, he had been awarded a Research Excellence Chair (Investigador de Reconocida Valía) by the local government of Andalusia at the University of Granada, where he also founded the experimental economics lab «ΑΙΓΑΙΟ». He is a founding member of the academic Spinoff, Experimentia Consulting SL, which has been awarded two nation-wide prizes (2003 and 2006) for business creation proposals. Before starting an academic career, he joined the EU Commission, DGIV (Competition Policy, Unit A3 Economic Questions and Studies). For over 10 years, he has been the director of two PhD programs (Castellón and Granada) and has been a visiting professor in various universities (Crete, Cyprus, Paris II, Economics U. in Bratislava, Chapman, Autónoma de Colombia, U. Nacional in Bogotá, etc.). He has acted as a principal investigator for over 20 research projects funded by national and private organizations in Spain, the UK and the EU.
Research interests range over a broad spectrum of topics, including Economic Psychology, Microeconomics, Industrial Organization, Behavioural Economics, Labour Economics, Environmental Economics and International Economics to name a few. He has been the main supervisor to 14 doctoral theses, whose authors have received first placements in prestigious institutions, like the London School of Economics, University of Warwick, Leicester University, Kiel Universität, Universitá di Bologna, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universidad de Salamanca, etc. Published work includes over 40 articles in journals like Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Economics Letters, Ecological Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, etc. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics and PLOS One and acts regularly as a referee to a large number of economics, psychology, informatics, applied mathematics and social sciences journals. He has also been a member of several external evaluation committees for UK degrees and Greek university departments.
As part of his recent appointment at the School of Agriculture Policy and Development in Reading, his research started focusing on issues of human behavior in food markets, participating in the Mediterranean Center for Food Security and Sustainable Growth, a research and policy network of researchers focusing on food security and sustainability.