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Christos Andrikopoulos

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Biography

Christos is a PhD Candidate in the School of Law and a member of the University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre (UNCLC). He also holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Business Administration BA(Hons), Studies in European Civilisation BA(Ptychion), International Business (MBA), and International Business Law (LLM).

Christos has taught tort law at the University of Nottingham, and various law and business modules in Greece. Prior to this, he worked extensively as an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry and event management. Subsequently, Christos was appointed as a policy advisor in the Hellenic Organisation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), as well as conducting research on projects related to the H2020 research programme in the Robotics Unit (DG CONNECT) at the European Commission.

Christos' PhD thesis explores EU policies and legislation in order for agro-food SMEs located in business clusters (agro-food SME clusters) to spread across Europe and contribute to achieving socio-economic growth. His doctoral project is funded by the University of Nottingham (School of Law Scholarship and Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence) and supervised by Professor Irit Mevorach and Professor Jeff Kenner.

Expertise Summary

Christos' research interests lie in the fields of law & technology, law & economics, company law, contract law, tort law, EU law, business clusters and regional development.

As part of his PhD research, Christos conducts interdisciplinary research on the reform of the EU legal framework for the emergence and effective operation of agro-food SME clusters in the EU regions. By proposing a combined contractual and corporate legal structure for agro-food SME clustering, his thesis argues that SMEs should be connected via contracts with the network centre (cluster organisation), which may effectively work as 'commons' for the benefit of society. Additionally, Christos discusses legal aspects and socio-economic implications stemming from the impact of new technologies on agro-food SME clustering. In particular, he mainly focuses on the emerging area of law and autonomous systems by considering the legal issues of robotics technology in industry sectors related to the agro-food supply chain. Furthermore, he examines the regulation of decentralised autonomous organisations as facilitators for the cooperative activities of SMEs within agro-food SME clusters.

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