Ioli Vingopoulou was born in Istanbul in 1956. She graduated from the department of Economics of the Law School of the University of Athens (1979). She has the diploma and license from the Professional School of Licensed Lectural Guides of Athens (1980) and the Ecole du Louvre, Paris (1985). She received her post-graduate degree (D.E.A.) (1984) as well as her doctoral degree (These de Doctorat) (2000) from the Department of Byzantine and Post Byzantine History, University of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne.
Since 1987 she has been working at the Institute for Neohellenic Research / NHRF, first as recipient of a scholarship for post-graduate studies, then as Research Fellow, Functional Scientific Personnel and she is currently Research Associate Professor. Her main field of work is the Research Programme and the creation of a database on ''Travel literature in S.E. Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th-19th centuries'' and she is now, in the Economic and Social History Section in the INR, the Scientific Coordinator of the ''Travel Networks (15th-19th centuries)''.
She specializes in travel literature (texts and illustrations) local history and historical and cultural geography. Her research writings, articles, lectures, presentations and her collaboration with other institutions include issues related to the social history and culture of the Neohellenic period. Her interests also include the perceptual and conceptual shifts that have occurred in cultural history, as well as issues of cultural identity through the centuries.
Her published work includes articles and papers in scientific journals and collective volumes and has participated in numerous greek and international congresses and also in the organization of various exhibitions as a scientific advisor and curator. Her participation in research groups has also included fieldwork. She collaborates, in Greece and abroad, with various Hellenic Ministries (M. of Education, M. of Culture, M. of Foreign Affaires, M. of Employment, M. of the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works) the Local Authorities, Cultural Societies and Institutions, Environmental Organizations, the National Broadcasting Company (EPT), various Museums, Libraries, Publishing companies and other institutions (i.e. UNESCO, ICOM).
Since 1980, she has also been lecture guiding on archaeological and historical topics, to Greeks and foreigners across the wider area of greek civilization (Greece, the Balkans, Istanbul-Constantinople, Asia Minor, the Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa). Lately she has been participating in educational programmes, by lecture-guiding to groups of students and adults. She is a travel photographer and has her work published, as well as exhibited, in Greece and abroad.