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Margarita Kominou

Margarita Kominou
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Consumption, Social movements

Supervisory Team

Dr. Hugo Gorringe and Prof. Janette Webb

Main Research Interests

Amongst other, I am particularly interested in:

  • social movements and social change
  • consumption (culture; ethics and politics)
  • globalisation
  • identity
  • citizenship

Current Research

Please visit the blog I am using to get some details on my current research.

Teaching 2012/13

For this semester, I am facilitating two discussion groups for the postgraduate course Research Design.

Educational Background

  • MRes in Business and Management, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland (2005-6)
  • MSc in International Marketing, University of Strathclyde, Scotland (2004-5)
  • MA(Hons) in Business Administration and Management (Major in Marketing), University of Piraeus, Greece (1999-2004)

Memberships & Activities

I am a member in the following professional bodies:

  • Economic Chamber of Greece (since 2007)
  • European Sociological Association (since 2007)
  • Academy of Marketing (since 2008)
  • British Sociological Association (since 2010)

I have acted as a reviewer for the postgraduate journals eSharp and the Canadian Graduate Journal of Sociology and Criminology (CGJSC)


Margarita Kominou & Hartwig Pautz (forthcoming) , 'Collective expropriation in Supermarkets', in Myrto Tsilimpounidi's and Aylwyn Walsh's(ed.) Re-mapping ‘Crisis’: A Guide to Athens, Zero Books Publications

Hartwig Pautz & Margarita Kominou (2012) , 'Reacting to ‘Austerity Politics’: The Tactic of Collective Expropriation in Greece' , Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, 11 (3)

Hugo Gorringe, Michael Rosie, David Waddington & Margarita Kominou (2011) , 'Facilitating Ineffective Protest? The Policing of the 2009 Edinburgh NATO protests' , Policing & Society, 21 (4)



  • "Social banditry as an invented space of participation: The case of collective shoplifting in Greece and Germany", with Dr. Hartwig Pautz, ESA RN 32 Political Sociology Conference, University of Lille II, France [4-5 November 2010]
  • "Political Consumerism : Changing the world one cup at a time", guest lecture for the Social and Political Movements: Theory and Practice course[U00544], SPSS, University of Edinburgh [29th Oct 2010]
  • "I am an ethical consumer: A bottom-up approach in understanding the ‘ethical’ discourse in the context of consumption", ESA Consumption Research Network Interim Meeting, Tartu, Estonia [25-28 August 2010]
  • "Protesting with your wallet: The use of consumer power as a tool for change and its implications for understanding collective action", Alternative Futures and Popular Protest Conference, March 2010, Manchester, UK
  • "Collective action in ethical consumerism", GCU Public Policy Research Seminar Series, April 2008, Glasgow, UK
  • "The Ethical Consumerism Movement: Consumers changing the world?", European Sociological Association Conference - PhD Workshop, September 2007, Glasgow, UK

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