Dr Nikolaos Apostolopoulos

Dr Nikolaos Apostolopoulos

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Business)


Dr Nikolaos Apostolopoulos is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Programme Leader in the MSc in Entrepreneurship and MSc in Entrepreneurship and International Development at the University of Plymouth. Dr Apostolopoulos is researcher at the Responsible Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation research group of the Plymouth Business School. He holds a PhD with distinction in entrepreneurship and regional sustainable development in the European Union. He has participated in more than 10 funding initiatives of the EU Structural Funds. Among these initiatives, he was co-author of a report on the impact of the Europe 2020 strategy on the Greek economy and society which was funded by the EU Structural Funds. Moreover, he is key researcher of a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Governance at the University of Peloponnese. Dr Apostolopoulos was successfully co-applicant of the Enterprise Educators UK research and he is currently working through this grant in entrepreneurship education and sustainable development.
Dr Apostolopoulos is co-author of a handbook which explores social entrepreneurship in Europe and co-editor in a forthcoming collective volume in Entrepreneurship and the Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, his research publications focus on entrepreneurship and sustainability. He has published in leading journal such as Journal of Rural Studies,Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, Economic and Business Letters. Finally, he acts as scientific adviser at the Labour Institute (INE-GSEE) in Greece and adviser in entrepreneurship and employability at the rehabilitation centre “Amaltheia”. He acts as an expert of economic growth at SAYWA project “Legal Boundaries of Work between Peru and Bolivia” which is funded by EuropeAid programme – Investing in people. He is also a co-guest editor of special issue entitled “Entrepreneurship and the European Union policies after 60 years of common European vision: regional and spatial perspectives” launched by the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Professional membership

Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)

British Academy of Management (BAM)

International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)

United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE)

Spanish-Portuguese Association of Resources and Environmental Economics

Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE)

International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA)

Economic Chamber of Greece

Research interests

Sustainable Entrepreneurship | Green Strategies | Agribusiness Management | Agro-Tourism Entrepreneurship | Renewable Energy| Regional Sustainable Development | Social Entrepreneurship |


Apostolopoulos, N., Newbery, R., & Gkartzios, M. (2018). Social enterprise and community resilience: Examining a Greek response to turbulent times. Journal of Rural Studies. (3* ABS)

Moon, C. J., Walmsley, A., & Apostolopoulos, N. (2018). Governance implications of the UN higher education sustainability initiative. Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society. (2* ABS)

Apostolopoulos, N., and Liargovas, P. (2018). Unlock local forces and improve legitimacy: a decision making scheme in the European Union towards environmental change. European Policy Analysis, Wiley.

Liargovas, P., Apostolopoulos, N., Pappas, I., & Kakouris, A. (2017). SMEs and Green Growth: The Effectiveness of Support Mechanisms and Initiatives Matters. In Green Economy in the Western Balkans: Towards a Sustainable Future (pp. 79-108). Emerald Publishing Limited.

Liargovas, P., & Apostolopoulos, N. (2017). Taxes as Barriers to Sustainable Economic Prosperity: The Case of Greece. In Taxation in Crisis (pp. 389-410). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Liargovas, P., & Apostolopoulos, N. (2016). Investment scenarios and regional factors in the solar energy sector. Economics and Business Letters, 5(3), 95-104. (1* ABS)

Apostolopoulos, N., & Liargovas, P. (2016). Regional parameters and solar energy enterprises: Purposive sampling and group AHP approach. International Journal of Energy Sector Management, 10(1), 19-37.

Liargovas, P. & Apostolopoulos, N. (2015) Structural funds and sustainable development in Greece (Eds) Liargovas, P., Petropoulos, S., Tzifakis, N., Huliaras, A., Beyond "Absorption": The Impact of EU Structural Funds on Greece, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and Hellenic University Association for European Studies. (This research has been co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund – ESF) and Greek national funds through the Operational Program “Education and Lifelong Learning” of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) - Research Funding Program: EXCELLENCE (ARISTEIA) – Re-Considering the Political Impact of the Structural Funds on Greece.)

Liargovas, P. & Apostolopoulos, N. (2014) Regional development and renewable energy enterprises. A Porter’s diamond analysis. Theoretical and Practical Research in Economic Fields. 1(9). p.5-16.

Liargovas, P., & Apostolopoulos, N. (2014). A new Europe 2020 strategy adopting an enhanced regional aproach. Planning Theory & Practice, 15(4), 603-605.


Liargovas, P., Skitzi, V., Daskalopoulou, I., Anastasiou, A., Apostolopoulos, N., Mitsi, D. (2015) Europe 2020 Strategy: Trends and Perspectives of Greece, Observatory of Economic and Social Affairs of Labour Institute, Greece (This research co-funded by the European Union and the Greek Government through the Operational Program “Human Resources Development”)


Additional information

Participation in European co-funded programmes and schemes: 1. Employees of public projects with friendly environmental impact, (Organized by Labour Institute along with practice exercise from private enterprises) 2. Strengthening of Social Partners, (Organized by Labour Institute) 3. Access to labor market: Acquisition of professional experience in technical high schools graduates, (Co-organized: Labour Institute, SEV-Hellenic Federation of Industries, Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship, Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants, Greek Tourism Confederation, Hellenic Management Association), 4. Local and Regional Initiatives for Employment and Growth (x3), (Co-organized by Labour Institute, Local Federations of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants, Local Commerce and Industrial Chambers and Local and Regional Government) 5. Social employment, (Co-organized by 27 social actors and stakeholders) 6. Vocational training programmes for unemployed (x10), (Organized by Labour Institute) 7. Innovation, Entrepreneurship and International Economic Environment, (Co-organized by University of Peloponnese, University of Ioannina, University of Thessaly and University of Patras) 8. Amalthia: Mental and Social Rehabilitation Center (Counselor of vocational rehabilitation and entrepreneurship development) 9. Europe 2020 Strategy: Trends and Perspectives of Greece, (Observatory of Economic and Social Affairs of Labour Institute) 10. Re-Considering the Political Impact of the Structural Funds on Greece. (Organized by University of Peloponnese-This research has been co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund – ESF) and Greek national funds through the Operational Program Education and Lifelong Learning of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) - Research Funding Program: EXCELLENCE (ARISTEIA)