Panepistimio Kritis in Greece is a young public educational institution committed to excellence in research and teaching. Established in 1973, the University accepted its first students in 1977-78. It now has 17 Departments in 5 Schools (Philosophy, Education, Social Sciences, Sciences & Engineering, and Medicine) as well as a number of affiliated research-oriented institutions, including the Skinakas Observatory, the Natural History Museum, and the University General Hospital. Currently, over 14,000 undergraduates and 2500 postgraduate students are registered here. They are educated by an outward looking academic faculty of around 500 members, supported by over 150 adjunct lecturers, as well as post-doctoral researchers, 110 laboratory support staff and instructors, and 380 technical and administrative staff. The international orientation of the University is reflected in its track record of collaborations with many of the leading research and educational institutions in Europe and worldwide as well as active promotion of mobility and exchange programmes. Reflecting its research activity and associated initiatives, the University of Crete is the first Greek University to have signed the EU Charter and the Code for the recruitment of researchers, and forms part of the Euraxess European network for the mobility of researchers. For more information visit: http://www.en.uoc.gr/university/university-start.html
In LIVEWHAT, research work is conducted by the Department of Sociology. The Department, operating since 1987, includes members with expertise in major fields of sociology, trained in reputable universities across Europe and North America, who have been participating in a wide variety of EC projects and activities including those under the 5th, 6th and 7th Framework. According to the external evaluation committee of experts in 2013, the Department has achieved national research excellence. For more information visit: http://www.soc.uoc.gr/sociology_en/
Members of the Greek team
Dr Maria Kousis is the principal investigator for the Greek team. She is Professor of Sociology (Development and the Environment) at the University of Crete and served as its Chair (2002-06), Director of the MSc & Ph.D. program (2004-2008), while she is the vice-director of the MSc in Bioethics since 2010. She was coordinator of the EC DGXII project “Grassroots Environmental Action & Sustainable Development in the Southern European Union” and partner in EC projects including TEA, PAGANINI, and MEDVOICES. Publications include 10 edited volumes/books/special issues, and 55 articles/book chapters; e.g. Contested Mediterranean Spaces (co-editors T. Selwyn and D. Clark, Berghahn Books, 2011), and Mediterranean Political Processes in Historical-Comparative Perspective (co-editors C. Tilly, and R. Franzosi, American Behavioral Scientist 2008). Her areas of specialization focus on Social Change, Social Movements & Contentious Politics, Environment, Bioethics & Society, and Southern Europe.
Dr Maria Paschou holds a Doctorate in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Athens (MSc LSE, in Social Research Methods 2004, MSc LSE, in Social and Public Communication 2005, BA in Social Anthropology and Social Policy, Panteion University 2003), and she has research experience in qualitative and quantitative methods. In 2007-2008 she worked as visiting teaching associate and research assistant in the area of Social Research Methods in the department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Athens. She has been scientific collaborator at the Institute for the Study of Migration and Diaspora (EMMEDIA) of the University of Athens, as well as researcher at the National Hellenic Research Foundation, the University of Vienna and the Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure.
For more information visit: http://emmedia.pspa.uoa.gr/staff/paschou/paschou.html
Dr Stefania Kalogeraki is Lecturer in Quantitative Methods in Sociology (1998 BSc Statistics, Athens University of Economic and Business; 2002 M.A. Sociology with Research Training, 2007 Ph.D. Sociology, University of Reading). She has participated in European (e.g. “Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe”, “Asthma and Atopy in Crete”) and Greek (e.g. “Alternative Development of Local Communities in Crete”) research projects. Recent publications focus on migrant-related attitudes among majority and migrant groups, children’s well-being during recessionary times and the escalation of anti-immigrant sentiments in Greek society under austerity. Her main research interests include questionnaire design, comparative social research, social demographic analysis and mixed method designs. Her recent publications focus on methodological issues (e.g. online mixed method designs) as well as on the escalation of xenophobia in the Greek society. For more information visit: http://www.soc.uoc.gr/sociology/?page_id=1868 https://crete.academia.edu/StefaniaKalogeraki
Dr Yiannis Zaimakis is Associate Professor of Sociology of Culture and Locality at the Department of Sociology (University of Crete) and visiting professor at the Open University of Greece. He is member of the Board of Directors at the Centre for Research and Studies of the University of Crete and he has carried our research on various projects concerning community work and development, football and fandom cultures, popular music and rebetika songs, as well as urban space and graffiti. Recent publications include, Football and Fan Communities: Contestations and politics of identity, (co-ed. N. Kotaridis, Plethron, 2013), and Community Work and Local societies: development, collective action, multiculturalism (Plethron, 2008). His most current work centers on the impacts of the crisis through the cultural lense of graffiti making in Greece.
For more information visit: http://crete.academia.edu/YiannisZaimakis
Dr Eugenia Petropoulou is Lecturer in Rural Sociology at the Department of Sociology, University of Crete, Greece. She acquired her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Manchester, UK. Her recent research and writing have focused on Rural Transformations, Agricultural Policies and Sustainable Livelihoods in Greece. Her research experience includes work in different EU-funded projects. She is currently working on a research project [WATBIO] on farmers’ intentions towards producing bio-fuel crops in Greece, Germany and the UK. Her recent publications include “Conditions of permanent crisis in an agricultural community of Southern Crete” (2014, in S. Zambarloukou and M. Kousis, eds, Social Aspects of Crisis in Greece, Athens: Pedio).
For more information visit: http://www.soc.uoc.gr/sociology/?page_id=414
Marina Papadakis (MSc in Statistics, Department of Statistics, Auckland University, New Zealand, 1996) is technician-statistician at the University of Crete with research and teaching experience on quantitative methods at the Department of Sociology. She has published (with S. Kalogeraki) “The impact of mobile use on teenagers’ socialization,” International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 5 (4):121-134. Her current research includes topics related to solidarity actions towards migrants at the local level, while recent research has focused on solidarity actions and networks in Chania, Crete.
For more information visit: http://www.soc.uoc.gr/sociology/?page_id=2533
Angelos Loukakis is a member of the Greek team and a Researcher at the University of Crete Research Fund. His research interests focus on Mobilisation, Collective Action, Protest, Social and Environmental Movements, etc. He is a Master’s (MSc) (2012) and a Bachelor’s degree (2007) holder in Sociology at the University of Crete. His master thesis was on local environmental protest and policies on waste disposal facilities in Greece, the case of Crete, 1998-2010. Currently he participates in the LIVEWHAT project (http://www.livewhat.unige.ch) and the TransSOL project (http://transsol.eu/). He is a founding member of the Sociological Association of University of Crete Alumni.