The many faces of GESIS


Alexia Katsanidou is the scientific director of the GESIS Department Survey Data Curation and Professor of Empirical Social Research at the University of Cologne.
Alexia Katsanidou is a comparative political scientist with an M.A. in Comparative Democratization (2003) and a Ph.D. in Politics (2008) from the Government Department at Essex University, UK. Before that she studied International Politics and Economics at the University of Macedonia in her home country Greece. An important step in her academic carrer was the  Max Weber post-doc Fellowship in European University Institute (2009-2010).

She is a member of the steering committee of the upcoming infrastructre MEDem (Monitoring Electoral Democracy) and the executive of the European Election Study


Alexia's main focus in shaping the strategy of the Survey Data Curation department is around three pillars for survey data: Data Quality, Data Harmonisation and Data Linking.


Alexia Katsanidou specializes on the impact of crises and long-term inequalities on political attitudes and behaviours. She has worked on the impact of the financial, migration, and political crisis within the EU, as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, on the individual, regional and national level.

Running Projects:




Journal article

Batzdorfer, Veronika, Wolfgang Zenk-Möltgen, Laura Young, Alexia Katsanidou, Johannes Breuer, and Libby Bishop. 2024. "Between urgency and data quality: assessing the FAIRness of data in social science research on the COVID-19 pandemic." Research Ethics online first. doi:

Reinl, Ann-Kathrin, Alexia Katsanidou, and Steffen Pötzschke. 2024. "Is the grass greener on the other side? Benchmarking Covid-19 vaccine procurement against the British experience." European Political Science Review 16 (1): 131-147. doi:

Katsanidou, Alexia, and Quinton Mayne. 2024. "Is there a geography of Euroscepticism among the winners and losers of globalization?" Journal of European Public Policy 2024 (31, 6): 1693-1718. doi:

Katsanidou, Alexia, Marianne Kneuer, Felix Bensmann, Dimitar Dimitrov, and Stefan Dietze. 2023. "Limitations of democratic rights during the Covid-19 pandemic—exploring the citizens’ perception and discussions on dangers to democracy in Germany." Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft 16 (2022) (4): 635–661. doi:

Mayne, Quinton, and Alexia Katsanidou. 2023. "Subnational economic conditions and the changing geography of mass Euroscepticism: A longitudinal analysis." European Journal of Political Research 62 (3): 742-760. doi:

Reinl, Ann-Kathrin, and Alexia Katsanidou. 2023. "Tit for tat? EU risk-sharing and experienced reciprocity." Journal of European Public Policy online first. doi:

Katsanidou, Alexia, and Ann-Kathrin Reinl. 2022. "Public support for the European solidarity deal in EU debtor states: the case of Greece." Journal of European Integration 44 (3): 327-346. doi:

Winkelmann, Ricarda, Jonathan Donges, E. Keith Smith, Manjana Milkoreit, Christina Eder, Jobst Heitzig, Alexia Katsanidou, Marc Wiedermann, Nico Wunderling, and Timothy M. Lenton. 2022. "Social tipping processes towards climate action: A conceptual framework." Ecological Economics 192 (February 2022): 107242. doi:

Katsanidou, Alexia, Ann-Kathrin Reinl, and Christina Eder. 2022. "Together we stand? Transnational solidarity in the EU in times of crises." European Union Politics 23 (1): 66–78. doi:

Stadelmann-Steffen, Isabelle, Christina Eder, Niklas Harring, Gabriele Spilker, and Alexia Katsanidou. 2021. "A framework for social tipping in climate change mitigation: What we can learn about social tipping dynamics from the chlorofluorocarbons phase-out." Energy Research & Social Science 82 102307. doi:

Katsanidou, Alexia, and Zoe Lefkofridi. 2020. "A decade of crisis in the European Union: Lessons from Greece." Journal of Common Market Studies 58 (S1): 160-172. doi:

Smith, E. Keith, Christina Eder, and Alexia Katsanidou. 2020. "On thinning ice: understanding the knowledge, concerns and behaviors towards polar ice loss in Germany." Polar Geography 43 (4): 243-258. doi:

Katsanidou, Alexia, and Ann-Kathrin Reinl. 2020. "Populists in government: Voter defection and party resilience." Representation 56 (3): 349-366. doi:

Reinl, Ann-Kathrin, Christina Eder, and Alexia Katsanidou. 2020. "Transnationale Solidarität und Wahlverhalten: Ost- und Westdeutschland im Vergleich." ISI (65): 22-28.

Lefkofridi, Zoe, and Alexia Katsanidou. 2018. "A step closer to a transnational party system? Competition and coherence in the 2009 and 2014 European parliament." Journal of Common Market Studies. doi:

Zenk-Möltgen, Wolfgang, Esra Akdeniz, Alexia Katsanidou, Verena Naßhoven, and Ebru Balaban. 2018. "Factors influencing the data sharing behavior of researchers in sociology and political science." Journal of Documentation. doi: urn:

Capelos, Tereza, and Alexia Katsanidou. 2018. "Reactionary politics: Explaining the psychological roots of anti preferences in European integration and immigration debates." Political Psychology. doi:

Katsanidou, Alexia, and Christina Eder. 2018. "Vote, Party or Protest: The Influence of Confidence in Political Institutions on Various Modes of Political Participation in Europe." Comparative European Politics 16 (2): 290–309. doi:

Capelos, Tereza, Alexia Katsanidou, and Nicolas Demertzis. 2017. "Back to Black: Values, Ideology and the Black Box of Political Radicalization." Science and Society 2017 (35): 35-68. doi:

Otjes, Simon, and Alexia Katsanidou. 2017. "Beyond Kriesiland: EU Integration as a super-issue after the Eurocrisis." European Journal of Political Research 2017 (56 (2)): 301-319. doi:

Katsanidou, Alexia, Laurence Horton, and Uwe Jensen. 2016. "Data Policies, Data Management and the Quality of Academic Writing." International Studies Perspectives 2017 (17 (4)): 379-391. doi:

Katsanidou, Alexia, and Simon Otjes. 2016. "How the European debt crisis reshaped national political space: the case of Greece." European Union Politics 2016 (17(2)): 262-284. doi:

Nezi, Roula, and Alexia Katsanidou. 2014. "From Valence to Position : Economic Voting in Extraordinary Conditions." Acta Politica 49 (4): 413-430. doi:

Lefkofridi, Zoe, and Alexia Katsanidou. 2014. "Multilevel representation in the European Parliament." European Union Politics 15 (1): 108-131. doi:

Hamann, Kerstin, Alison Johnston, Alexia Katsanidou, John Kelly, and Philip H. Pollok. 2014. "Sharing the rewards, dividing the costs? : The electoral consequences of social pacts and legislative reform in Western Europe." West European Politics online first. doi:

Gherghina, Sergiu, and Alexia Katsanidou. 2013. "Data availability in political science journals." European Political Science (12): 333–349. doi:

Hugh-Jones, David, Alexia Katsanidou, and Gerhard Riener. 2011. "Intergroup conflict and the media: an experimental study of Greek students after the 2008 riots." International Journal of Conflict and Violence 5 (2): 325-344.

Katsanidou, Alexia, and Iannis Konstandinides. 2011. "Leaders in second role before and after the change in leadership selection procedure: British Conservatives." Science and Society H. 27 83-100.

Katsanidou, Alexia, and Laurence Horton. 2011. "Purposing your survey: archives as a market regulator, or how can archives connect supply and demand." IASSIST Quarterly Winter 2011 18-23.

Chapter in an edited book

Katsanidou, Alexia, and Slaven Zivkovic. 2020. "Comparing voting in national referendums on EU issues." In How referendums challenge European democracy: Brexit and beyond, edited by Richard Rose, 117-133. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:

Netscher, Sebastian, and Alexia Katsanidou. 2019. "Understanding and implementing research data management." In Handbuch Methoden der Politikwissenschaft, edited by Claudius Wagemann, Achim Goerres, and Markus Siewert, online first. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. doi:

Katsanidou, Alexia. 2016. "Greece in times of crisis: Shaping political identification." In Values, economic crisis and democracy , edited by Malina Voicu, Ingvill Constanze Mochmann, and Hermann Dülmer, 223-239. London: Routledge.

Recker, Jonas, and Alexia Katsanidou. 2016. "How to Manage Data Management? : Challenges Facing New Projects and How to Address Them." In Proceedings of the 2nd Data Management Workshop, edited by Constanze Curdt, and Christian Willmes, Kölner Geographische Arbeiten 96, 69-76. Köln: Geographisches Institut der Universität zu Köln. doi:

Eder, Christina, and Alexia Katsanidou. 2014. "When citizens lose faith: political trust and political participation." In Political trust and disenchantment with politics: international perspectives , edited by Christina Eder, Ingvill Constanze Mochmann, and Markus Quandt, International Studies in Sociology and Social Anthropology 125, 83-108. Leiden: Brill.

Schneider, Silke L., Alexia Katsanidou, Laurence Horton, and Christof Wolf. 2013. "Postgraduate training for acquiring social science data skills." In Understanding research infrastructures in the social sciences, edited by Brian Kleiner, Isabelle Renschler, Boris Wernli, Peter Farago, and Dominique Joye, 168-176. Lausanne: Seismo.

Katsanidou, Alexia. 2013. "The Euro Crisis and New Dimensions of Contestation in National Politics." In The Euro crisis and the state of European democracy , edited by Bruno De Witte, Adrienne Heritier, and Alexander H. Trechsel, 242- 263. Florence: European University Institute.

Katsanidou, Alexia, and Zoe Lefkofridi. 2012. "Citizen representation at the EU level: policy congruence in the 2009 European parliament election." In An audit of democracy in the European Union, edited by Susan Banducci, Mark Franklin, Heiko Giebler, Sarah Hobolt, Michael Marsh, Wouter van der Brug, and Cees van der Eijk, 147-167. Florence: European University Institute. doi:

Jensen, Uwe, Alexia Katsanidou, and Wolfgang Zenk-Möltgen. 2011. "Metadaten und Standards." In Handbuch Forschungsdatenmanagement, edited by Stephan Büttner, Hans-Christoph Hobohm, and Lars Müller, 83-100. Bad Honnef: Bock u. Herchen.


Eder, Christina, Alexia Katsanidou, and Ann-Kathrin Reinl, ed. 2020. Veränderung durch Krisen? Solidarität und Entsolidarisierung in Deutschland und Europa. ISI 65. Mannheim: GESIS - Leibniz institute for the Social Sciences.


Katsanidou, Alexia, Heiko Giebler, and Jale Tosun. 2021. Everyday life in Germany and Europe 2020. doi:

Katsanidou, Alexia, Christina Eder, and Ann-Kathrin Reinl. 2021. Socio-political attitudes and preferences in Germany and Greece in times of COVID-19. doi:

Katsanidou, Alexia, and Ann-Kathrin Reinl. 2020. Solidarity and Populism: A data collection project. doi:

Eder, Christina, Alexia Katsanidou, and Ann-Kathrin Reinl. 2019. Macro data for Germany on NUTS1-level 2008-2016, collected for the SOLIKRIS project. doi:


Presentation at a conference

Reinl, Ann-Kathrin, Bernd Weiß, Steffen Pötzschke, and Alexia Katsanidou. 2023. "A Dream dreamt out? Assessment of the EU by refugees from Ukraine in Poland and Germany in early 2022." Workshop on Ukraine and the EU, European University Institute, 2023-05-25.

Katsanidou, Alexia, Lea Heyne, and Rosa M. Navarrete. 2023. "Fading EU-phoria: Changing EU attitudes in Greece, Portugal and Spain." Event The Makeover of Southern Europe: Fifty Years after Portugal, Spain, and Greece’s Transitions to Democracy, Online, 2023-05-25.

Katsanidou, Alexia. 2022. "Giving data a new life Harmonization and Linking for Secondary Data." AUSSDA User Conference, Universität Wien, Wien, 2022-11-16.

Katsanidou, Alexia, and Sotirios Karampampas. 2022. "Political ideology and non-compliance with COVID-19 mitigation measures in Europe." 72nd Political Science Association (PSA) Annual International Conference, University of York, York, UK, 2022-04-11.

Katsanidou, Alexia, and Sotirios Karampampas. 2022. "The impact of political ideology on non-compliance with COVID-19 mitigation measures in 11 European countries." 28th International Conference of Europeanists, ISCTE – Insituto Universitário de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, 2022-06-20.

Katsanidou, Alexia, and Sotirios Karampampas. 2022. "Unpacking the mechanism of compliance: The factors that mediate the impact of political trust on individual adherence to COVID-19 mitigation measures." Annual Congress 2022 of Swiss Political Science Association, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2022-02-03.



Reinl, Ann-Kathrin, Alexia Katsanidou, and Heiko Giebler. 2020. "Workshop Measuring European Solidarity." GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Köln, 2020-01-27 - 2020-01-28.