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Dr Konstantinos Chalkias

  • Overview



    Konstantinos graduated with a PhD in Business Development from the Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, in 2013, where he was awarded the Surrey Business School Scholarship. He also holds a BA in Management Science and Technology from Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece, and a MSc in Programme and Project Management from Warwick University, UK. 

    Konstantinos joined Birkbeck, University of London, in March 2019. Before, he was a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Management, Cass Business School, where he was involved in two international research projects. His current project studies the market mechanisms that transfer uninsurable risk into global financial markets in an attempt to bridge the global insurance gap and the implications that this has in market functioning. Previously, he was involved in a global ethnography examining the competitive dynamics of the global reinsurance industry.

    Konstantinos has also teaching and consulting experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. He has designed and delivered various training and development programmes for senior executives of global (re)insurance companies both in the UK and abroad. He is also delivering consulting services, including data collection, analysis and strategy recommendations, for various companies in the (re)insurance industry. In the past, Konstantinos has also worked as a project manager and a business management consultant.

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    Administrative responsibilities

    • PhD Programme Director

    Honours and awards

    • Fellow (FHEA), Higher Education Academy,


  • Research


    Research interests

    • Strategy as Practice (SaP)
    • Practice Theory of Organizations and Markets
    • Paradox Theory
    • Grand Challenges
    • Organization Theory of Risk and Risk Management
    • Insurance and Reinsurance
    • Disaster Risk Financing (DRF)

    Research overview

    Konstantinos is a qualitative researcher interested in practice-based theorizing of strategy, organizations and markets. Drawing from social-practice theory, he studies the organizational practices through which markets are constructed. His research also focuses on exploring how strategy is done inside organizations and the implications on the strategic dynamics of markets. He has also a research interest in organization theories of risk and risk management, with a recent focus on investigating how governments and markets work together to address a grand challenge, the insurance protection gap. Finally, he is interested in international comparative studies that explore organizational variation in global financial markets.

    Research projects

    Risk sharing mechanisms to mitigate the financial consequences of pandemic risk: Economic and social insurance solutions for the UK

    The insurance protection gap as a grand challenge: Protection Gap Entities (PGEs) between state and market

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students who are interested in undertaking research in any of my key areas of research interest. 


    Teaching modules

    • Research Philosophy (BUMN112H7)
    • Organization Theory (MOMN040H7)
  • Publications



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  • Business and community

    Business and community


    Academy of Management Insights. How nations are collaborating on natural disaster insurance.

    The Conversation: A disaster relief insurance system shows how well international alliances can work – new research


    • Consultancies and expert advice

      Delivering consulting services on contract for (re)insurance industry companies including data collection, analysis and strategy recommendations. Companies range from global brokers, to global reinsurers, to private-public insurance pools.