Blog Post #2

Dr. Dionysios Stathakopoulos is a Professor of Byzantine Studies at King’s College in London. He works in the Centre for Hellenic Studies, which is the same department that Professor Charlotte Roueche. He only started working at Kings College in 2005, so his network of research is more limited than Professor Roueche’s. Upon reviewing the network of his research, I found that it shows connections between Dr. Stathakopoulos and people he has collaborated with both within King’s College and outside scholars, journals and books to which he has contributed, research projects he has worked on, and different institutions at which he has studied and worked. I also continually came upon the term “research group” (Dr. Stathakopoulos is a member of the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies Research Group). According to the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, A research group is defined as:


“a formally recognised grouping of established researchers with an agreed-upon Leader, who share common and complimentary research interests and who have similar needs with respect to research infrastructure. They would be able to share technical support staff and research equipment, may submit joint applications for postdoctoral fellows, share some research support staff, etc. They will normally be people who work on research projects that fall under an identifiable research theme or set of themes who occasionally collaborate on common research projects; and who co-supervise research students.”


Dr. Stathakopoulos’s network graph has 81 nodes. His research interests include wealth, poverty, and social stratification within the Byzantine Empire. He currently has 11 research students and staff, and worked with Dr. Charlotte Roueche on a research project called “Register Medicorum medil aevi” in 2010. I find it interesting that it does not show the connections between other King’s College professors, and the node that says King’s College. I also find it interesting how many different institutions at which he worked on his research project “Damned in Hell in Cretan Frescoes”. While this visual graph does not show every single connection that this researcher has with institutions, people, and projects, it is certainly a helpful visual that enhances the viewer’s understanding of this researcher’s work.