Department of Political Science and Public Administration


Post: Assistant Professor

Section: International and European Studies

Expertise: International Relations


Contact information

Office telephone: 210 368 8934

Electronic mail: azervaki[at]pspa.uoa[dot]gr

Office address: 6 Themistokleous Street, 4th floor, office 32

Office hours: Friday 14:30-16:00 (only after an appointment by email)


Curriculum Vitae

Antonia Zervaki graduated from the School of Philosophy of Athens University in 1995; she holds an MA in European Studies (University of Exeter/Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Rennes) (1996) and an MA in European Organisation and Diplomacy (Athens School of Law, Economics and Political Science) (1998). 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. Ιn 2006, she was awarded a PhD in international relations/organisation (title: Political Culture and the conduct of Greek foreign policy within the framework of international organizations) (Athens School of Law, Economics and Political Science).

She has worked as a researcher/coordinator in numerous European projects from 1997 until 2016 in the field of cultural, environmental and maritime governance. 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). During her tenure at the Ministry she was in charge of EU maritime governance issues and participated as a member of the Greek delegation to the European Conference on the Integrated Maritime Policy of the EU (Portoroz 2008), the European Maritime Day (Rome 2009), the 25th General Assembly of the UNESCO Inter-Governmental Oceanographic Commission (Paris 2009) and several other experts and high officials’ meetings.

Since 2007 she has been a visiting lecturer in several universities and research institutions in Greece, including the Diplomatic Academy of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 2017 she is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is a member of the Hellenic Society of International Law and International Relations, the Academic Council on the United Nations System, the International Political Science Association, the European Political Science Association and member of the Board of the Hellenic National Committee of the Blue Shield.

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.


Publications (indicative list)


  1. Resetting the political culture agenda: from polis to international organization, Heidelberg, Springer, 2014.
  2. The concept of cultural and natural heritage of mankind: UNESCO’s contributionAthens, Publications of UNESCO Chair-University of Macedonia-Sakkoulas Publications, 2010 (in Greek).

Articles in scientific journals, contributions to books, working papers

  1. «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.
  2. «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.
  3. «Human Security and Climate change mitigation: the case of ocean governance», Marine Policy, Vol. 98, December 2018, pp. 286-294.
  4. «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).
  5. «UNESCO’s contribution to contemporary international cultural relations» in M. Kontochristou (ed.), Διεθνές Γίγνεσθαι και ΠολιτισμόςΠροκλήσεις και Πολιτικές, Αthens, I. Sideris, 2018, pp. 79-99 (in Greek).
  6. «The legalization of maritime spatial planning in the EU and its implications for maritime governance»Ocean Yearbook, 30, June 2016, pp. 32-52.
  7. ««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).
  8. «Marine World Heritage and the Quest for Sustainability», Laws, Vol. 5, No 1, 7, 2016, (20 p.) doi:10.3390/laws5010007
  9. «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.
  10. «EU Maritime Policy and Greek Foreign Policy» in Y. Valinakis (ed.), The Foreign and European Policy of Greece, 1990-2010, Athens, I. Sideris, 2012, pp. 393-422 (in Greek).
  11. «Multilevel systems of governance: the new integrated maritime policy of the European Union and its position in the international political and institutional landscape» in St. Perrakis (dir.), International cooperation at global and regional level: international institutions in motion, Athens, I. Sideris, 2011, pp. 563-598 (in Greek).
  12. «United Nations at Crossroads. International Administration of Territories and Domestic Political Cultures. The Kosovo and East Timor Experiences», UNISCI Discussion Papers, No 18, October 2008, pp. 9-19.