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Christos Nicolaides is a Marie S. Curie Fellow and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Business and Public Administration at University of Cyprus (UCY). He has also secondary appointment as a Digital Fellow at the Initiative on the Digital Economy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before joining UCY, Christos spent three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management funded by the James McDonnell Foundation. He has a PhD in Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MSc in Applied Mathematics from Imperial College London and BSc in Physics from University of Thessaloniki.

His research focus on applying mathematical, statistical and computational tools to large-scale empirical and data driven research questions with applications in identification of social influence that is mediated, amplified, or directed by interactive technologies. He has worked closely with global firms on realizing business value from social media and information technology investments. Christos’ research developments have been published in major scientific journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Nature Communications and have been featured at prestigious news outlets including The New York TimesCNN and Los Angeles Times. On February 6, 2020, Christos was named as “Professor of The Week” by Poets & Quants.

He is principal institutional investigator in research projects funded by European Commission, industry, the Cyprus Innovation and Research Foundation and the Cyprus Ministry of Health. Christos has totally attracted over 1M euros in research funding for his institution.


  • PhD 2014, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • SM 2011, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • MSc 2009, Imperial College London, UK      
  • BSc 2008, University of Thessaloniki, Greece


  • BPA-444: Social Networks and Entrepreneurship (Spring 2019/20)
  • BPA241: Introduction to Operation Management (Fall 2017/18/19)
  • BPA346: Quantitative Methods in Management II (Spring 2017/18/19/20, Fall 2018/19/20)

For other academic activities and a complete list of publications and conference contributions, see the full CV.

Data Science; Machine Learning; Social Networks; Information Systems; Big Data; Visualisations; Causality; Computational Social Science; Human Mobility & Disease Spreading. 

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Selected Journal Publications

  1. The Efficiency of US Public Space Utilization During the COVID-19 Pandemic, S. G. Benzell*, A. Collis*, and C. Nicolaides*, Risk Analysis, (2021) *authors in alphabetical order

  2. Boosting Business Value by Reducing COVID-19 Transmission Risk, S. G. Benzell*, Avinash Collis*, and Christos Nicolaides*, MIT Sloan Management Review, Reprint #62143 (2020). *authors in alphabetical order

  3. Interdependence and the Cost of Uncoordinated Responses to COVID-19, D. Holtz, M. Zhao, S. G. Benzell, C. Y. Cao, M. A. Rahimian, J. Yang, J. Allen, A. Collis, A. Moehring, T. Sowrirajan, D. Ghosh, Y. Zhang, P. S. Dhillon, C. Nicolaides, D. Eckles, and S. Aral, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. 117(33) p.19837-19843 (2020) *News Coverage: The Boston Globe, LA Times (op-ed), The Washington Post, MSNBC, Yahoo Finance, WGBH (Boston), The Hill (op-ed), MIT Sloan, TechRepublic, Miami Herald.

  4. Rationing Social Contact During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Transmission Risk and Social Benefits of US Locations, S. Benzell, A. Collis and C. Nicolaides (authors in alphabetical order), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A., 117(26) 14642-14644 (2020), doi:10.1073/pnas.2008025117 (Highly Cited Paper by the Web of Science). *News Coverage: CNN, NPR, ForbesBloomberg, Fast Company, Business Insider, Yahoo, Marginal Revolution, Brookings, FOX4 Dallas, MIT News, Marketplace, Marker, MIT SloanMIT Technology Review, San Diego Metro, LAist, AssociationsNow, UT McCombs, Austin-American Stateman. *Media mentions: The New York Times (1), The New York Times (2), Financial Times, Wall Street Journal. (Longer working paper version)

  5. Hand-Hygiene Mitigation Strategies Against the Spread of Infectious Diseases through the World Air Transportation Network. C. Nicolaides, D. Avraam, L. Cueto-Felgueroso, M. C. Gonzalez, and R. Juanes, Risk Analysis(2019), doi:10.1111/risa.13438. (Best Paper Award by the Risk Analysis Society) *News Coverage: MIT NewsMIT Sloan News (cover), Society of Risk Analysis (press release)World Economic ForumCNBCUSA TodayVoice of America (Vid)The AtlanticThe Washington TimesCBS Boston (video)Business Insider, STAT, CATO InstituteThe Telegraph (UK)The Independent (UK)Metro (UK)Express (UK)Daily Mail (UK)Medical XPressMedicalNews TodayTimes of IndiaFocus (Italy)WIRED (Italy)Consumer AffairsDeutsches Arzteblatt (Germany)El Agora (Spain)El Confidencial (Spain)

  6. Exercise contagion in a global social network. S. Aral and C. Nicolaides, Nature Communications 8, 14753 (2017), doi:10.1038/ncomms14753. (Highly Cited Paper by the Web of Science) *News Coverage: New York Times, LA Times, Science NewsScience Magazine, Nature, New York Magazine, NBC News, EL PAIS (Spain), Daily Mail (UK), US News, New York Daily News, Metro (UK), Vice, Scientific American, Live Science, To Vima (Greece)University of Cyprus News.

  7. A metric of influential spreading during contagion dynamics through the air transportation network. C. Nicolaides, L. Cueto-Felgueroso, and R. Juanes, PLoS ONE 7(7), e40961 (2012), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040961. *News coverage: MIT Homepage SpotlightMIT NewsScience NewsNature MedicineCNNCNN News (Video)NPRLA TimesScientific AmericanDiscovery ChannelThe Atlantic,NY Daily NewsABC NewsCBS newsFox NewsFox News (video)Huffington PostAmerican Institute of PhysicsVoice of AmericaThe Guardian (US)Daily Mail (UK) #1 & #2NASDAQ (video)TimeHerald Sun (Australia)Le Figaro (France)ABC (Spain).

Other Journal Publications

  1. Social Status and Novelty Drove the Spread of Online Information During the Early Stages of COVID-19, A. Photiou, C. Nicolaides, P. Dhillon, Scientific Reports, in press.

  2. Modelling disease transmission from touchscreen user interfaces, A. DiBattista, C. Nicolaides, & O. Georgiou, Royal Society Open Science 8, 210625 (2021) *News Coverage: Cosmos Magazine, Phileleftheros, RIK News appearance

  3. Uncovering the fragility of large-scale engineering projects, M. Santolini, C. Ellinas, and C. Nicolaides, EPJ Data Science 10, 36 (2021).

  4. Transmission of Vaccination Attitudes and Uptake Based on Social Contagion Theory: A Scoping Review. P. Konstantinou, K. Georgiou, N. Kumar, M. Kyprianidou, C. Nicolaides, M. Karekla, and A. P. Kassianos, Vaccines 9, 607 (2021)

  5. Mitigation Strategies against Cascading Failures within a Project Activity Network, C. Ellinas, C. Nicolaides, and N. Masuda, Journal of Computational Social Science, (2021)

  6. Modeling the First Wave of Covid-19 Pandemic in the Republic of Cyprus. S. Agapiou*, A. Anastasiou*, A. Baxevani*, C. Nicolaides*, G. Hadjigeorgiou, T. Christofides, E. Constantinou, G. Nikolopoulos, and K. Fokianos, Scientific Reports 11, 7342 (2021)  *authors listed in alphabetical order.

  7. Privacy Preserving Data Visualizations. D. Avraam, R. Wilson, O. Butters, T. Burton, C. Nicolaides, E. Jones, A. Boyd, and P. Burton. EPJ Data Science 10, 2021

  8. Big-Fish-Little-Pond-Effects on academic self-concept and academic achievement: Evidence from English early primary school data. I. Televantou, H. W. Marsh, T. Dicke, and C. Nicolaides, Learning & Instruction 71, 101399 (2021) (read the paper)

  9. Morphological organization of point-to-point transport in complex networks. M.-Y. Kang, G. Berthelot, L. Tupikina, C. Nicolaides, J.-F. Colonna, B. Sapoval, and D. S. Grebenkov, Scientific Reports 9, 8322 (2019), doi:10.1038/s41598-019-44701-6 (read the paper).

  10. Self-organization of network dynamics into local quantized states. C. Nicolaides, R. Juanes and L. Cueto-Felgueroso, Nature Scientific Reports6, 21360 (2016), doi:10.1038/srep21360. (read the paper).

  11. Impact of viscous fingering and permeability heterogeneity on fluid mixing through porous media. C. Nicolaides, B. Jha, L. Cueto-Felgueroso, and R. Juanes, Water Resources Research 51, (2015), doi:10.1002/2014WR015811. (read the paper).

  12. The price of anarchy in mobility-driven contagion dynamics. C. Nicolaides, L. Cueto-Felgueroso, and R. Juanes, Journal of the Royal Society Interface 10(87), 20130495 (2013), doi:10.1098/rrif.2013.0495. (read the paper) *News Coverage: MIT Homepage Spotlight, MIT News, NPR, Fox News, LiveScience, Science World Report, BostInno, Business Insider

  13. Anomalous physical transport in complex networks. C. Nicolaides, L. Cueto-Felgueroso, and R. Juanes, Physical Review E 82(5), 055101(R) (2010), doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.82.055101. (read the paper)
Selected Press Coverage
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