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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. He joined Birkbeck, University of London, in March 2019. Before, he was a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Management, Bayes Business School (formely Cass).

    Konstantinos is also an independent member of the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC), Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The committee’s role is to reduce flood risk, make communities more resilient and adapt to the challenges of a changing climate in the Thames area which covers over a quarter of England’s population.

    Konstantinos has also executive teaching and consulting experience in the global 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.

    Web profiles

    Administrative responsibilities

    • PhD in Management 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
    • Insurance and Reinsurance
    • Disaster Risk Financing (DRF)

    Research overview

    Konstantinos is a qualitative researcher interested in strategy-as-practice (SaP) and paradox theory. Drawing from process and practice theory, he studies organizations and markets. He has also a research interest in paradox theory with a focus on complex inter-organizational systems. Finally, he is interested in international comparative studies that explore organizational variation in global financial markets.

    His research has been looking into how governments and markets alongside other intergovernmental organizations work together to address the growing insurance protection gap. He has been studying several schemes around the world that aim at reversing the growing unaffordability and unavailability of property disaster insurance in the face of climate change.

    His current project is delving into the intricate relationship between insurance and resilience. Insurance plays a crucial role in providing financial support for post-disaster recovery. At the same time, physical resilience serves as both a shield against physical damage and a proactive measure to reduce the risk of disasters. In the face of escalating climate change-induced flood disasters in the UK, which profoundly impact both the environment and socioeconomic landscape, Konstantinos investigates this complex interplay between insurance and resilience.

    My research has been funded by the Bank of England, the Government of Canada, the United Nations, the British Academy, and The Economic & Social Research Council.

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    Research Centres and Institutes

    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

    Protection from flood disaster in the UK: Exploring the Paradox of Insurance and Resilience across diverse stakeholders

  • Publications




    Book Section


  • 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

    The National Preparedness Commission (NPC): Uninsurability and the Role of Protection Gap Entities.