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Antonia Zervaki is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration (NKUA). She has an extensive record of EU projects involvement (HORIZON 2020, FP7, 6, 5, Erasmus+, COST) in the domain of cultural, environmental and maritime governance. In 2000 she became a research fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, where she conducted research on the challenges and prospects of EU – Council of Europe relations. In 2006 she worked as a researcher at the Hellenic Centre for European Studies on EU maritime policy and EU enlargement.  In 2007 she was appointed Special Advisor on EU maritime policy at the Academic Centre of Analysis and Planning of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2007-2009).

Since 2007 she has been teaching in several universities and research institutions in Greece, including the Diplomatic Academy of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National School of Public Administration and Local Government and the National Security School. She is the author of two monographs and several articles/chapters on international relations theory, international and European organization and governance, international cultural policies and maritime governance.



PhD in international relations, NKUA (2006)

MA in European Organization and Diplomacy, NKUA (1998)

MA in European Studies, Exeter University / IEP de Rennes (1996)

BA, School of Philosophy, NKUA (1995)



Research interests

International relations/organization theory, international governance and institutions, international security, maritime and cultural governance.


Publications (indicative list)

'International law and international relations ‘dual agenda’: Is it still working?' in L. Boisson De Chazournes, E. Doussis, G. Andreone, A. Zervaki (dir.), Droit International : Enjeux et Perspectives. Droit de la Mer, Droits de l’homme. Mélanges en l’honneur de la Professeure Haritini Dipla, Paris, Pedone, 2020, pp. 535-559.

'The Ecosystem Approach and Public Engagement in Ocean Governance: The Case of Maritime Spatial Planning' in D. Langlet, R. Rayfuse (eds.), The ecosystem approach in ocean planning and governance. Perspectives from Europe and beyond, Leiden, Brill/Nijhoff, 2018, pp. 223-255. 

'Human Security and Climate change mitigation: the case of ocean governance', Marine Policy, Vol. 98, December 2018, pp. 286-294.

 'Culture and sustainability: yet another challenge for the United Nations?' in H. Dipla (ed.), The United Nations and the new challenges for the international system, Athens, Sakkoulas Publications, 2018, pp. 183-202  (in Greek).

'UNESCO’s contribution to contemporary international cultural relations' in M. Kontochristou (ed.), ΔιεθνέςΓίγνεσθαικαιΠολιτισμός. Προκλήσεις και Πολιτικές, Αthens, I. Sideris, 2018, pp. 79-99 (in Greek).

'The legalization of maritime spatial planning in the EU and its implications for maritime governance', Ocean Yearbook, 30, June 2016, pp. 32-52.

'Special dimensions of international relations: the case of cultural diplomacy' in N. Zaikos, P. Naskou-Perraki, Diplomatic and Consular Law. Parliamentary, Cultural and Economic Diplomacy, Athens-Thessaloniki, Sakkoulas, 2016, pp. 171-188 (in Greek).

«Marine World Heritage and the Quest for Sustainability», Laws, Vol. 5, No 1, 7, 2016, (20 p.) doi:10.3390/laws5010007

'The concept of cultural heritage of mankind beyond UNESCO: the case of international financial institutions' in F. Pazarti, M. Gavouneli (eds.), Reconceptualising the Rule of Law in Global Governance, Resources, Investment and Trade, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2016, pp. 169-183.

Resetting the political culture agenda: from polis to international organization, Heidelberg, Springer, 2014.