Dr Anastasia Koulouri

Lecturer and Researcher - Dundee Business School, Division of Accounting Finance and Economics

Overview of career and main responsibilities

I am a lecturer in Business Research and Statistics. This is a full-time, permanent position, which I’ve held since September 2013.

What was your career path to this position and subject area?

I completed my undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Strathclyde before undertaking a PhD in Management Science there, which I completed in 2005. Post PhD, I pursued a career in academia with research positions at Strathclyde, Helsinki University of Technology and the Belgian Nuclear Energy Research Centre. I then decided to move outside academia where I worked in the area of criminal justice for 8 years holding the positions of Research and Training Manager at the Risk Management Authority and Deputy Principal Analyst and Senior Intelligence Analyst at Police Scotland. After that I decided to return to academia as a Lecturer at Dundee Business School.

Do you feel you have a good work/life balance? Why?

I do not feel I have a good work-life balance! Life feels like a constant juggle of priorities and responsibilities, leaving me feeling that nothing is done as it should. I find it extremely difficult splitting my time between work and home. I try to work as effectively as possible when my son is at school. During weekends, I use any time I am not doing things with and for my son to do work. I have had mixed experiences on occasions when family circumstances necessitated flexibility however my current Head of Division has been extremely supportive since my father passed away quite recently.

Who has inspired your career?

Over the years a number of people have inspired me with their attitude to life and work. I always try to keep in mind Nikos Kazantzakis’ (Greek author named in nine separate years for the Nobel Prize of Literature) quotes: “I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free” and “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can”. I also found inspiring David Attenborough’s career path and in particular: the decision at the beginning of his career to leave a “secure” position at a publisher, editing children’s science books, to pursue a career in nature programme making, indulging his passion for the natural world and later on, his decision to leave a senior management position at BBC (and the prospect of becoming Director-General) to pursue his interest in creating nature programmes. In the last few years, I have been inspired by the work ethic and ability to create -and maximise the benefit derived from- opportunities of my colleague and collaborator Dr Nikolai Mouraviev.