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Konstantinos Pittas is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on instituting practices, and specifically on cultural institutions as a model for the spatialisation of democratic politics and the articulation of diverse social claims. His field research entails an interdisciplinary approach that examines a series of case studies, both from Europe and the US, including the decentering of mega-institutions, the invention of more flexible alter-institutional formats that experiment with novel decision-making processes, and artistic activists’ critical engagement with established institutions. His research has been supported by the Cambridge Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC-DTP), the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust, and the Onassis Foundation.

Konstantinos is also a practising architect. He obtained his degree in architecture from the National Technical University of Athens and was a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University for 2018-2019. He also holds an MPhil in European Culture and Comparative Literature from the University of Cambridge. He has worked as an architect in various projects and has been involved in art exhibitions and cultural events like documenta 14 in Athens and the opening ceremony of the Baku 2015 European Games.  


  • Critical Theory
  • Aesthetics and Politics
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • Postdemocracy
  • Cultural Politics
  • Architectural Theory and Urban Studies

Teaching and Supervisions


I supervise:

Soc 3: Global Social Problems and Dynamics of Resistance 

Soc 7: Media, Culture and Society 

Department: Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)
Supervisor: Dr Duncan Bell
College: Girton College
AHRC subject area: Political Theory and Aesthetics
Title of thesis: Dissensual Institutions: Post-Democracy and Cultural Institutions in the 21st Century