Research Programs

The phenomenon of Albanian Migration in Greece has been studied at the Laboratory for many years and members of the Laboratory have conducted extensive field research in both Greece and Albania. The findings of the research have been published in scientific conferences, conference proceedings and edited volumes.

In collaboration with Sussex University, (Professor Anastasia Christou, Sussex Center for Migration Research)

In collaboration with Professor I. Bantekas, University of Brunel, London, U.K.,  Dr. A. Papastavridis, UCL, London, and E. Gemi & M. Nikolova, ELIAMEP.

The project is implemented by the SMSLAB in collaboration with the Oral History Group of Kastoria (OPIKAS) and the University of Middlesex, UK and has been approved for funding by the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF).

It is based on interdisciplinary research to collect, record and analyse a set of oral life story narratives with reference to the Greek Civil War. In addition to securing valuable historical testimonies from first-generation survivors currently in their eighth and ninth decades of life, the material gathered will be supplemented by narratives from subsequent generations examining the issue of intergenerational memory.

The project starts on 1 April 2023 and will run for one year.

Scientific Coordinator: Prof. Donna Michael.


The Laboratory of Social and Migration Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the University of Macedonia participates as a partner in the research project “Public Information Observatory” (

In this project, the collaborating research institutions aim to reshape the framework of public debate by enriching it with substantial, verified and cross-checked information on scientific issues that are at the centre of public interest (e.g. medical issues, environment, climate change-crisis, natural and man-made disasters).

The main purpose of the Observatory is to highlight fake news and to protect the general public from the influence of false or distorted news of scientific interest and, more generally, to enhance the quality of debate within the public sphere. To this end, the collaborating research organisations make use of the online platform, which has already been developed to measure the accuracy of political statements on crime and the refugee/immigration issue.

The National Centre for Social Research (NCSR) is the coordinating research organisation of the collaborating research institutions. The collaborating institutions are:

  1. The “Athena” Research Centre
  2. The National Centre for Research and Technological Development (EKETA)
  3. The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)
  4. The National Observatory of Athens (ANA)
  5. The Institute for Medical Biological Research of the Academy of Athens (IIBEAA)
  6. The Research University Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (RIKS)
  7. The Laboratory of Social Research in Media of the Department of EMME of the National Academy of Sciences of Athens
  8. The Laboratory of Social and Migration Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the University of Western Macedonia