Aikaterini Petkanopoulou

Brief CV

I graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Ι obtained my MSc in psychology of social intervention at the University of Granada (Spain). At the University of Granada, I also completed my PhD on the effects of social power on emotional experience and expression. I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Granada and then at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. My main research interests focus on intergroup relations, social identity and emotions as well as on the consequences of social and economic inequality.

Career Development

University of Crete (2021 -)

  • Assistant professor, Department of psychology

Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (2017-2021)

  • Post-doctoral researcher, Department of psychology
  • Teaching Staff (Action: Acquiring teaching experience for new scientists who hold a doctoral degree)

University of Granada, Spain (2016)

  • Post-doctoral researcher, Department of social psychology

Research interests

My research interests are in the areas of social power, social and economic inequality, emotions and social identity. Much of my research is about the social-psychological consequences of inequality. I am also interested in the social-psychological processes and the factors that explain people’s participation in collective action and support for policies that aim to reduce economic and social inequality. My research concerns a variety of contexts and domains such as interpersonal relations, intergoup relations, and organizational settings.  

Research grants

  • Research project, Hellenic Foundation for research and Innovation “Perceived threat and injustice: Two different appraisal-based and emotional pathways to react to economic inequality”. 2020-2023

  • European Association of Social Psychology Seedcorn Grant “How emotions shape economic inequality: Effects of emotional expressions on support for redistribution”. 2020-2021

  • Understanding the Effects of Social Heterogeneity on Support for Redistribution. The Role of Identities, Threats and Diversity Beliefs» (HETEROBUTION) 2023-2025


Petkanopoulou, K., Chryssochoou, X., Zacharia, M., & Pavlopoulos, V. (in press) Collective Disadvantage in the Context of Socioeconomic Crisis in Greece: The Role of System-directed Anger, Politicians-directed Anger, and Hope in normative and non-normative collective action participation. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology

Petkanopoulou, K., Wildschut, T., & Sedikides, C. (2021). Nostalgia and Biculturalism: Host-Culture Nostalgia Fosters Bicultural Identity Integration. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 52, 184-191.

Rodríguez-Bailón, R., Sánchez-Rodríguez, A., García-Sánchez, E., Petkanopoulou, K., & Willis, G.B. (2020). Inequality is in the air: Contextual psychosocial effects of power and social class. Current Opinion in Psychology, 33, 120-125.

Petkanopoulou, K., Rodríguez-Bailón, R., Willis, G. B., & Van Kleef, G. A. (2019). Powerless people don’t Yell but tell. The effects of social power on direct and indirect expression of anger. European Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 533-547.

Petkanopoulou, K., Sanchez-Rodríguez, A., Willis, G. B., Chryssochoou, X., & Rodríguez-Bailón, R. (2018). Two countries in crisis: Economic inequality in EU and disidentification with the European identity. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49, 888-906.

Petkanopoulou, K., Willis, G. B., & Rodriguez-Bailón, R. (2016). The emotional side of power(lessness). In M. Bukowski, I. Fritsche, A. Guinote, & M. Kofta. Coping with lack of control in a social world. UK: Current issues of social psychology, Psychology Press.

Willis, G. B., Carretero-Dios, H., Rodríguez-Bailón, R., & Petkanopoulou, K. (2016). Spanish version of the generalized sense of power scale [Versión española de la escala de sensación de poder general]. Revista de Psicología Social, 31, 554-588.

Marques-Fagundes, A., Megías, J. L., García-García, D., & Petkanopoulou, K. (2015). Ambivalent sexism and egalitarian ideology in perception of psychological abuse and (in)vulnerability to violence]. Revista de Psicología Social, 30, 31-59.

Petkanopoulou, K., Willis, G. B., & Rodriguez-Bailón, R. (2012). Controlling Others and Controlling oneself: Social Power and Emotion Suppression. Revista de Psicología Social, 27, 305-316. 


  • Social psychology II: Experimental social psychology
  • Social identity and intergroup relations
  • Social aspects and social functions of emotion
  • Social and Political psychology of inequality