Elisabeth Kontogiorgi, born in Thessaloniki (12 December 1958), is Director of Research at the Modern Greek History Research Centre of the Academy of Athens. She graduated from the Philosophical School of the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki with a degree (B.A.) in classics and philosophy (1981). She attended the postgraguate seminars on modern history at the same university from 1981 to 1983. She continued her studies at the Department of Modern History, University of Glasgow (MPhil 1988) and gained her DPhil in Μodern Ηistory from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford (1997).
She taught, as associate lecturer, economic and social history at the Harokopeion University of Athens, Department of Geography from 2000 to 2003. From 1996 to 1998 and from 2001 to 2002 she worked at the Modern Greek History Research Centre, Academy of Athens and in 2003 she was elected Research Fellow at this Institution. During this period she was also an external collaborator in various national research projects. She has worked at the Greek General State Archives (Athens) from 1991 to 1993 and in 1995. She has also taught Classics, Modern Greek, and History at several private and public secondary schools in Greece and in Melbourne. In 1985 she was appointed as high-school teacher in the Ministry of Education.
She specializes in modern Greece and Inter-war Europe, population movements in the Balkans, the Macedonian question, refugee resettlement in Greece and the role of international organizations, social and economic history in rural areas during the interwar period, the social policy of the League of Nations, and in the ecclesiastical history of the nineteenth century.
At the Modern Greek History Research Centre she is currently running two projects: one based on the Archive of Alexander Lykourgos (1827-1875), Archbishop of Syros and Tenos and concerning the movement of reunion between the Anglican and the Eastern Orthodox Churches in the 1860s and 1870s and its ideological, political and diplomatic dimensions. The second project regards the social policy of the League of Nations in Greece and focuses on the public health sector.
She taught, as associate lecturer, economic and social history at the Harokopeion University of Athens, Department of Geography from 2000 to 2003
She taught Classics, Modern Greek, and History at several private and public secondary schools in Greece and in Melbourne. In 1985 she was appointed as high-school teacher in the Ministry of Education
Population Exchange in Greek Macedonia: The Rural Settlement of Refugees 1922-1930, Oxford Historical Monographs, Clarendon Press – Oxford, 2006, 370 pp
The Archive of Alexander Lykourgos (1827-1875), Archbishop of Syrosand Tenos. Introduction, extensive summaries of his correspondence and comments, (co-author Foteini Asimakopoulou).Vol. A΄, Preface by Michael B. Sakellariou, Academy of Athens, Modern Greek History Research Centre, Athens 2014, 734 pp.
Agricultural Refugee Settlement in Macedonia: 1923-1930, Δελτίο Κέντρου Μικρασιατικών Σπουδών ( Bulletin of the Centre for Asia Minor Studies) , 9 (1992), 47-59
"Forced Migration, Repatriation, Exodus. The Case of Ganos-Chora and Myriophyto- Peristasis Orthodox Communities inEastern Thrace", Balkan Studies, 35/1 (1994), 15-45
Konstantinos Amantos’s Views on the Importance of Rural Areas and their Modernization), Δελτίο του Κέντρου Ερεύνης της Ιστορίας του Νεωτέρου Ελληνισμού (Bulletin of the Research Centre of Modern Greek History, Academy of Athens) 1 (1998), 155-190
“Economic Consequences following Refugee Settlement in Greek Macedonia, 1923-1932” στο Renée Hirschon (ed.),Crossing the Aegean. An Appraisal of the 1923 Compulsory Population Exchange between Greece and Turkey, Berghahn Books, New York- Oxford 2003, σελ. 63-78
Refugee Question. The Resettlement 1922-1930) in B. Panagiotopoulos (ed.), Ιστορία του Νέου Ελληνισμού 1770-2000 (History of New Hellenism 1770-2000), 7 (2004), 101-118
Aspects of viticulture and wine production in the places of origin of the refugees settled in the regions of Megalo Karabournou and Kalamaria in G.A.Pikoulas (ed.), Oinon Historo, 3 (2004), 193-212
‘Location Patterns of Agro-food Industry in Inter-War Greece’( co-author Sophia Skordili) in Proceedings of the Conference: Greek Agricultural Society and Economy during the Venizelos’ era,Athens 2007), 144-172
The Rapprochement between the Anglican and the Greek Eastern Churches during the Period of the Bulgarian Question. The Role of the Archbishop of Syros and Tenos, Alexander Lykoyrgos, in Neohellenika Historika, vol.. 1, Academy of Athens 2008, pp. 35-109
“Religious Innovation or Political Strategy? The Rapprochements of the Archbishop of Syros, Alexandros Lykourgos (1827-1875), towards the Anglican Church” στο Trine Stauning Willert and Lina Molokotos-Liederman (editors), Innovation in the Orthodox Christian Tradition? The Question of Change in Greek Orthodox Thought and Practice, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2012, σελ. 73-97.
“Refugees, Rural Co-operatives and the views of the Agriculturalists (1914-1940)”, (co-worker Dimitris Panagiotopoulos), στο Helen Gardikas-Katsiadakis & Katerina Brégianni (editors), Agricultural co-operatives in South andCentral Europe, 19th-20th century. Α comparative approach, Academy of Athens, Modern Greek History Research Centre, Αθήνα 2013, σ. 213-235
“The Condensation of the Sparsely Inhabited Kingdom of Kolligoi” in Chalkidiki. The settlement of Refugees and the problem of the Monastic Lands Under the Jurisdiction of Mount Athos during the Inter-War Period), Νεοελληνικά Ιστορικά, τόμος 3, σ. 105-167
“In Ariagne: socialist ethics and historical truth” in the Proceedings of the Scientific Colloquium “With the artist’s stamp” 100 years since the birth of StratisTsirkas organized by the “Society for Neohellenic Culture and General Education Studies” in collaboration with the Society for the development of Drama in Limassol, Nicosia-Limassol, 7-8 October 2011), Athens 2013, 201-225
“Public health Conditions in Thessaloniki and the proposals of the Commission of the League of Nations Health Organization for the reorganisation of health services (1922-1932)” in Proceedings of the Conference organised by the Historical Archive of Refugee Hellenism of Municipality of Kalamaria (23-25 November 2012), “Thessaloniki, capital of the refugees”. The refugees in the city since 1912, Thessaloniki 2013, 182-199