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 Panayiota Georgiou

Panayiota Georgiou

Research student, Cardiff Business School


I am a second year PhD student in Business Studies within the Management, Employment and Organisation section of Cardiff Business School. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

My background is in politics, economics, and public policy, with my PhD focusing on resilience, communities, and policies. I completed my undergraduate studies in the UK, having completed a dual honours degree in Economics and Politics at Lancaster University. After my bachelor's degree, I completed a masters in conflict, development, and security at Lancaster University, where I researched about remittances and development in sub-Saharan Africa. I also graduated from the University of Bristol where I attended the master of public policy, where I researched co-production in terms of coproduced partnerships in Athens, developed as a result of austerity measures. Before starting my doctoral studies, I worked in the energy sector of my home country Cyprus (Hellenic Petroleum, BP) and completed research internships at London based think tanks.


Research interests

  •   Public Policy

  •  Critical Policy Studies

  •  Co-production and Networks

  •  Community action and development

  • ·Sustainability


I am a Post Graduate Tutor on the following undegraduate module:

  • Society and Economy 


The Power of Community Resilience: a Critical Analysis of Resilience as a Policy Tool in Wales

The research explores the role of community resilience in Wales by investigating how actors with different interests and uneven power relations within communities in Wales interact together to shape their own resilient policies. The study adopts a qualitative approach, with both semi-structured interviews and document analysis to examine how local actors make sense of resilience. 

Specifically the objectives of the research are 1) to understand how resilience influences policy in the context of crisis and neoliberalism, 2) examine if policymakers and social actors share similar understandings of community resilience and 3) to understand how social actors take control of resilient discourses in the form of action. 

Increasing our understanding of what community resilience is in Wales, could help provide valuable insights in how these communities respond and shape their resilience during crises.

Funding source

Cardiff Business School



Dr Marcus Gomes

Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies and Sustainability


Professor Rhys Andrews

Professor of Public Management