He has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from, among others, the British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Carnegie Trust and Princeton University.
He teaches and researches in the fields of international history, politics and economics and has a regional interest in the fields of European, Balkan and Near Eastern studies.
Vassilis is the founding editor of the refereed periodical Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, published by Routledge six times a year since 1998 and his work has been translated into more than ten languages, including Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Serbo-Croat, Greek and Italian.
At UEL, Vassilis leads the Centre for the Study of States, Markets & People (STAMP) and supervises PhD students in the fields of political economy and international history/relations. He is particularly interested in the intensification of financial/economic crises and conflicts and the rise of new economic powers in Asia.
His op-eds can be found in Open Democracy, the country's major digital commons, and in "The Editors' Newspaper", Greece's mainstream left-of-centre daily.