School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Stelios Lekakis

Visiting Fellow

Background

I studied classical archaeology at the University of Athens and after my MA studies (UCL 2005, Managing Archaeological Sites) I worked extensively as a consultant in Greece, focusing on sustainable strategies in heritage management and the role of local communities, thematics of my PhD (University of Athens 2013).

I work with NGOs (I am one of the founding members of MONUMENTA NGO and the project manager of the “Local Communities & Monuments” programme) and university departments on various cultural informatics projects, heritage management projects and excavations. I have also worked in the Greek Ministry of Culture (Acropolis Restoration Project: 2007-2008 and Directorate of the National Archive of Monuments 2014-2015). 

In 2017 I completed my MSCA-IF at Newcastle University working on the concepts of heritage management, landscape assessment and characterisation: The RES.CO.PART project and currently I am a Research Associate in the AHRC Cultural Value Follow on scheme Co-creating Heritage; Bottom up planning for heritage management in rural areas”.

 

In my spare time I seek scattered truths among things and people.



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Research

Research Interests

  • Cultural heritage management & sustainable development
  • Island and littoral landscapes & seascapes
  • Cultural Informatics
  • Public archaeology & interpretation
  • Politics of heritage
  • Archaeological Ethnography

Current activities - posts

  • Research Associate at the Centre of Applied Archaeology - Institute of Archaeology, University College London
  • Founding Member of the Greek NGO MONUMENTA, for the protection of natural and architectural heritage of Greece and Cyprus
  • Founding Member of the “Association of Heritage Consultants” in Greece. Current president: 2014-2016
  • Member of the Council for Architectural Heritage, Elliniki Etairia, Society for the Preservation of the Environment and Cultural Heritage (NGO)
  • Europa Nostra’s assessor (EU Prize Scheme for Cultural Heritage - Europa Nostra Awards)
  • Member of the research team (University of Athens): For the excavation and publication of the ‘Diogeneion Gymnasion’ archaeological site in Athens: (Research on the Inscriptions)
  • Member of the World Archaeological Congress | Former member of the Student Committee (WACSC)  (2006-2013) 

Grants & Scholarships

  • Marie-Curie Fellow (2015-2017)
  • Initiative for Heritage Conservancy (2010)
  • Centre for the Classical World Study Grants, UCL (2005)
  • State Scholarship Foundation (2004-2008)

Projects

Teaching

Adjunct Lecturer

  • MA in Social and Solidarity Economy, Hellenic Open University | Course: The Commons: An alternative paradigm (2017-2020)
  • MA in Cultural Policy and Development, Open University of Cyprus | Course: Cultural Policy and Cultural Management (2015-2018)
  • MA Archaeology, City, Architecture, University of Athens | Course: The legal framework in managing cultural heritage and practical aspects (2015-2016)
  • MA in Heritage Management, University of Kent and the Athens University of Economics and Business | Courses: Public Archaeology (2014), Introduction to archaeology (2014-2015)

 

Publications

  • Lekakis S. “To the splendour of our Byzantine heritage”. Managing Orthodox churches in the island of Naxos. In: Naxos and the Byzantine Aegean Conference. 2014, Naxos Chora, Greece.
  • Lekakis S, Gratsia I, Sideri A, ed. Acting for Monuments [Πράττουμε για τα Μνημεία]. Athens: MONUMENTA Publications, 2016.
  • Lekakis S, Pantzou N, ed. Handbook: Introduction to the management of cultural heritage in Greece [Εγχειρίδιο: Εισαγωγή στη διαχείριση πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς στην Ελλάδα]. Athens: Asini, 2016. In Preparation.
  • Lekakis S. Review: The past in the present. A living heritage approach - Meteora, Athens 2014. AP: Online Journal in Public Archaeology 2016, 5, 191-202.
  • Lekakis S, Pantzou N. The region of Mt. Lykaion: an ethnographic approach. In: Romano,D;M.Voyatzis,M, ed. Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project. American School of Classical Studies in Athens, 2016. In Preparation.
  • Lekakis S. Η διαχείριση της πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς. στην Ευρώπη και την Ελλάδα. Μια επισκόπηση. In: Η αρχαιολογία στην Ελλάδα του σήμερα: μνημεία και άνθρωποι σε κρίση. 2016.
  • Lekakis S. Το Κάστρο τ'Απαλίρου. Σημειώσεις από το πεδίο. Ναξιακά Γράμματα 2015, 17, 9-16.
  • Ganiatsas V, Lekakis S. The MuA Project: A Value-Based Database for the Documentation, Assessment and Monitoring of Architectural Heritage at Risk. In: The Protection of Archaeological Heritage in Times of Economic Crisis. 2014, New Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Lekakis S, Gratsia I, ed. Real fairy-tales of Naxos. The Archaeologists narrate. [Αληθινά Παραμύθια της Νάξου. Οι Αρχαιολόγοι διηγούνται.]. Athens: MONUMENTA Publications, 2013.
  • Lekakis S. The Aqueduct of Eupalinos at Samos. HYDRIA Project: Collection, Storage & Distribution of Water in Antiquity. Linking Ancient Wisdom to Modern Needs. 2013. Available at: http://www.hydriaproject.net/en/greece-samos-eypalineion/importance20.
  • Lekakis S. Tracking Ilissos river in Athens. HYDRIA Project: Collection, Storage & Distribution of Water in Antiquity. Linking Ancient Wisdom to Modern Needs. 2013. Available at: http://www.hydriaproject.net/en/greece/relevance10/.
  • Lekakis S, Pantzou N, Papadopoulos D. Μνημεία, πρακτικές και διαδρομές του νερού: Η εθνογραφική μελέτη της παραδοσιακής διαχείρισης των υδάτινων πόρων στην Αμοργό. In: Chatzikonstantinou,K, ed. Αμοργός Διαδρομές Νερού: Παραδοσιακή διαχείριση υδατικών πόρων και η βιώσιμη προοπτική της. Athens, Greece: Εκδόσεις Ελληνικής Εταιρείας, 2013, pp.49-50.
  • Lekakis S, Chatzikonstantinou K. Σχόλιο για τη διαχείριση της νεότερης -προβιομηχανικής-κληρονομιάς στα νησιά του Αιγαίου. In: Chatzikonstantinou,K, ed. Αμοργός Διαδρομές Νερού: Παραδοσιακή διαχείριση υδατικών πόρων και η βιώσιμη προοπτική της. Athens, Greece: Εκδόσεις Ελληνικής Εταιρείας, 2013, pp.52-54.
  • Lekakis S. Distancing and Rapproching: Local Communities & Monuments in the Aegean Sea. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites 2012, 15(1), 76-93.
  • Lekakis S. The Cultural Property debate. In: Smith,J;Plantzos,D, ed. A Companion to Greek Art. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, pp.683-697.
  • Lekakis S. Αρχιτεκτονική Κληρονομιά σε Κίνδυνο. Το πρόγραμμα Μνημεία υπό Απειλή. Ηλιαία 84 2012, 84, 33-34.
  • Lekakis S. Η διαχείριση της πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς σε τοπικό επίπεδο. αντιλήψεις και χρήσεις της στο Αιγαίο και τη νήσο Νάξο. Ναξιακά 2012, 2, 155-188.
  • Lekakis S, Pantzou P. Μνήμη, ταυτότητα και τοπικές κοινωνίες. καλές πρακτικές διαχείρισης της πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς. In: Πολιτιστική κληρονομιά και συλλογική μνήμη. 2012. Submitted.
  • Lekakis S, Chrysanthi A. Sustainable heritage management … for whom? A critique on contemporary economics of culture & the use of Information and Communication Technologies towards a symbiotic management strategy”. 2011. Available at: http://www.lse.ac.uk/europeanInstitute/research/hellenicObservatory/CMS%20pdf/Events/2011-5th%20PhD%20Symposium/Lekakis.pdf.
  • Lekakis S. Βιβλιοκρισία: A singular Antiquity. Archaeology and Hellenic identity in twentieth-century Greece. Αρχαιογνωσία 2011, 2011, 379-384.
  • Lekakis S, Gratsia I, ed. Monuments of Naxos at risk; the citizens’ voice. [Μνημεία της Νάξου σε κίνδυνο. Οι πολίτες μιλούν γι'αυτά.]. Athens: MONUMENTA Publications, 2010.
  • Lekakis S. Διαχείριση μνημείων σε κίνδυνο. In: Μνημεία της Νάξου σε κίνδυνο, οι πολίτες μιλούν γι’αυτά. 2010, MONUMENTA Publications.
  • Lekakis S. The concept of authenticity in managing cultural heritage resources; The Aegean paradigm. 2009, Oxford: BAR International series 1975.
  • Lekakis S. Η απίστευτη ιστορία του σπιτιού του Μακρυγιάννη στο Άργος. MONUMENTA, 2009. Available at: http://www.monumenta.org/article.php?perm=1&IssueID=4&%20lang=gr&CategoryID=19&ArticleID=407.
  • Lekakis S. ‘Going Local in a Global World’; Locating the public and evaluating the synchronic context in archaeological resources management. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites 2008, 10(4), 308-319.
  • Lekakis S. Creating a basic schema for the “experiential approach” in site management; the visitor perception. In: Archaeology and the politics of vision in a post-modern context. 2008, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Lekakis S. Διαδρομή: “Ακολουθώντας” τον Ηριδανό. 2008. Available at: http://www.monumenta.org/article.php?IssueID=3&lang=gr&CategoryID=7&ArticleID=159.
  • Lekakis S. Γιατί τα κτίρια της οδού Αρεοπαγίτου 17-19 θα σωριαστούν σε ερείπια. MONUMENTA, 2007. Available at: http://www.monumenta.org/article.php?IssueID=3&lang=gr&CategoryID=7&ArticleID=159.
  • Lekakis S. Τα μνημεία και η ιστορία της αρχαιολογίας στη Νάξο. Ναξιακά 2007, 26 (64), 30-37.
  • Lekakis S. Αρχαιοκαπηλία και τοπικές κοινωνίες στις Κυκλάδες το 18ο και το 19ο αι. Ναξιακά 2006, 20 (58), 7-19.
  • Lekakis S. Conserving and Managing Ancient Monuments. Heritage Democracy and Inclusion. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites 2015, 17(3), 287-289.
  • Lekakis S. Ξαναδιαβάζοντας την ιστορία των Ονειρευάμενων της Κορώνου. Σκέψεις πάνω στο βιβλίο του Charles Stewart: Dreaming and historical consciousness in island Greece. Ναξιακά Γράμματα [naxiaka grammata] 2016, 20, 8-14.
  • Manolopoulou V, Lekakis S, Jackson M, Turner S. Microcosm to Landscape: the Church called Theoskepasti and the Environs of Apalirou. In: Naxos and the Byzantine Aegean: insular responses to regional change. 2018.
  • Lekakis Stelios, Shakya Shobhit, Kostakis Vasilis. Bringing the Community Back: A Case Study of the Post-Earthquake Heritage Restoration in Kathmandu Valley. Sustainability 2018, 10(8), 2798.
  • Manolopoulou V, Lekakis S, Jackson M, Turner S. Microcosm to landscape: the church called Theoskepasti and the environs of Apalirou. In: J. Crow and D. Hill, ed. Naxos and the Byzantine Aegean: insular responses to regional change. Athens, Greece: Norwegian Institute at Athens, 2018, pp.239-254.