Board Members

Brief Curriculum Vitae of Board Members


Maria Kousis

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(MA, PhD, The University of Michigan, 1984) is Professor of Sociology and Director of the University of Crete Research Centre for the Humanities, the Social and Education Sciences (UCRC). She was coordinator or partner in 9 European Commission research projects since 1994, including Grassroots Environmental Action, TEA, PAGANINI and MEDVOICES. Publications include 16 edited volumes/books/special issues and more than 80 articles/book chapters, such as Economic and Political Contention in Comparative Perspective Boulder (eds. M Kousis and C Tilly, Paradigm Publishers 2005), a Special Issue of American Behavioral Scientist on Alternative Action Organizations During Hard Economic Times: A Comparative European Perspective (eds M. Kousis, S. Kalogeraki and C. Cristancho, 2018) and the Palgrave volume (eds C. Lahusen, U. Zschache and M. Kousis, forthcoming) Transnational solidarity in times of crises: Citizen organisations and collective learning in Europe, focused on the fields of migration, disability and unemployment. Her research centers on Social Change, Contentious Politics, the impacts of Crises, Environmental Politics, Bioethics and Southern Europe. Her recent work focuses on the socioeconomic and political dimensions of hard times, especially in the context of the research projects “The Greeks, the Germans and the Crisis” (GGCRISI, Greek-German Ministries’ Cooperation), “Living with Hard Times: How European Citizens Deal with Economic Crises and Their Social and Political Consequences” (LIVEWHAT, EC, FP7), (European Paths to Transnational Solidarity in times of crisis” (TransSOL, EC, Horizon 2020), EURYKA (EC, Horizon 2020) and “Social and Solidarity Economy, Urban Communities and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups” (Swiss Network for International Studies).

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 Nikos E. Papadakis

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is Professor at the Department of Political Science, of the University of Crete. He is the Deputy Director of the UCRC, namely the University of Crete Research Center for the Humanities, the Social and Education Sciences. Additionally, he is the Director of the Centre for Political Research and Documentation (KEPET) at the Department of Political Science, while he is the Delegate- Coordinator of the University of Crete at the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network for Greece, (UN SDSN), and he is a Member of the SDSN Global. He is a Member of the Scientific Board of the National Centre of Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA) of Greece. In addition he is a member of the ECPR Political Culture Research Network. He was, till recently, an International Expert at the ETF (“Skills & VET Governance” project/ 2015- 2018), while he was a Special Adviser to the European Commission (2011 -2013) and he has participated the European Commission Education & Training Coordination Group (ETCG/2006-2010). In addition, he was a member of the Advisory Board of the UNDP/ RCPAR (Regional Centre for Public Administration Reform/ 2008- 2011). He was a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the UCL- IoE (March 2012- August 2012) and a Visiting Professor at the Zhengzhou University (ZZU), in China (November 2019). He has 156 publications, in Greek, English, French and Chinese, including journal articles, conference proceedings and book chapters. He is the author of 10 books- monographs, in Greek and English, while he has edited 10 books. He has participated (or currently participating) in 42 (mainly research) Projects in Greece and abroad, either as Team Leader or as researcher/expert.

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Elena Anagnostopoulou

Elena Anagnostopoulou 210obtained her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Salzburg in 1994. After a post-doc at MIT (1997-1998), where she returned in 2007 as a Visiting Associate Professor, she took a position at the University of Crete in 1998, where she is currently Professor of Theoretical Linguistics. Her research interests lie in theoretical and comparative syntax, formal linguistic typology, morphology and historical morphosyntax, with special focus on the interfaces between syntax, morphology, and the lexicon, argument alternations, Case, Agreement, person, gender, clitics, control and anaphora. In 2013 she received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, in recognition of her past accomplishments in research and teaching. Since 2019 she is elected member of Academia Europaea. She is the author of The Syntax of Ditransitives. Evidence from Clitics (Mouton de Gruyter 2003), co-author of External Arguments in Transitivity Alternations. A Layering Approach (Oxford University Press 2015), has co-edited 3 collective volumes and 2 conference proceedings, and has published in journals, edited volumes and conference proceedings. She is Co-editor in the Series Open Generative Syntax. Language Science Press and member of the editorial board of the journals Journal of Greek Linguistics, Linguistic Inquiry and Syntax.

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Stavroula Tsinorema

Stavroula Tsinorema 311 is Professor of Modern & Contemporary Philosophy and Bioethics, Director of the Joint Postgraduate Programme in Bioethics ( and Director of the Centre for Bioethics of the University of Crete. She has been the founding Director of the Centre for Philosophical Research and Translation of UC. She holds a First Class Honours Degree in Philosophy from the University of Athens, followed by M.A. in Moral and Social Philosophy and Ph.D. in Moral Philosophy from the University of Exeter. She has over sixty publications in moral and social philosophy, bioethics, epistemology, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. She is the author of Language and Critique. Wittgenstein on Meaning, Knowledge and Values, Liberal Books, 2014; co-editor of Philosophy and the Many Faces of Science, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 1998; co-editor of Themes in Bioethics, Crete University Press, 2013. She is member of the Editorial Board of International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, and Deucalion: Biannual Journal for Philosophical Research and Critique, and has been holder of A.K. Mellon Foundation Fellowship (USA). She sits on the National Committee for Deontology for Clinical Trials at the National Organization for Medicines of the Ministry of Health. She heads the Research Ethics Committee of the University of Crete, and is member of the Committee on Bioethics and the Ethics of the Sciences, and the Committee on Human Rights, of Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie. She is also member of the European Commission’s “Expert Group to advise on specific ethical issues raised by driverless mobility” (2019- ).

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Vassilis Arapoglou

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(B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD LSE). Associate professor in social inequalities and social exclusion at the department of sociology of the University of Crete and tutor in European studies at the Greek Open University. His research and teaching concentrates on the critical analysis of urban social problems, residential segregation, migration and social integration policies in European cities. He has served as editor and editorial board member of European Urban and Regional Studies. He is member of editorial board of the Social Atlas of Athens, the administrative board of the University of Crete Research Centre for the Humanities, the Social and Education Sciences (UCRC). He has also been visiting research fellow at the Hellenic Observatory- European Institute LSE (UK), the OpenSpace Research Centre (Open University UK), and research associate of the Greek National Centre for Social Research, the Labor Institute of the Greek National Confederation of Labor (Athens), the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (Athens), the Immigration Policy Institute (Athens). Recent publications include a book on poverty and homelessness in Southern Europe published by Macmillan Palgrave and a theme issue on diversity in European cities in European Urban and Regional Studies.

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Daphne Nicolitsas


is, since Feb 2014, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Crete. Prior to that she worked in economic policy related jobs and in the financial sector. During the period 2004-2014 Daphne worked (as a Deputy Director from 2010) in the Economic Research Department of the Bank of Greece. She was a Senior Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Greek Ministry of Economics and Finance (1999-2001) and worked (Deputy Director of the Economic Analysis Division since March 2004) at Emporiki Bank. She also worked in the Research Division of Tudor Proprietary Trading in London (1997-98).  She has held research posts at the University of Manchester and the University of Oxford (1992-1997).

She holds a BA from the Athens University of Business and Economics, an MPhil from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester. 

Her main research interests lie in labour economics and in industrial organization, fields in which she has publications in international journals. Currently she is leading an EU funded project, with partners from top EU Universities, on the structure and conduct of Employers’ Associations in the EU.

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Aspasia Chatzidaki

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holds a BA in Greek Philology (University of Thessaloniki, Greece), an MA in Theoretical Linguistics (University of Reading, UK), and a Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium). Since 2000 she has been a faculty member of the Department of Primary Education of the University of Crete where she is currently Associate Professor of Bilingualism and Greek as a Second Language. She is also the Director of the Centre for Intercultural and Migration Studies of the same Department, which has implemented two major European-Union funded projects regarding Greek-language education in the Diaspora (1998-2008, 2011-2014, https:, Her research interests include the study of sociolinguistic and educational aspects of bilingualism as well as Greek as a second language both in Greece and in diasporic communities. In the past twenty years she has taken part in numerous educational intervention programmes and teacher capacity-building seminars regarding the education of immigrant and refugee students. Recently she co-edited a book on educational aspects of ‘new migration’ from Greece (Panagiotopoulou, A., Rosen, L., Kirsch, C. & Chatzidaki, A. (Eds) (2019) ‘New’ Migration of Families from Greece to Europe and Canada - A ‘New’ Challenge for Education? Berlin: Springer Verlag) and is preparing a collected volume on refugee education (Chatzidaki, A. & Tsokalidou, P. (to appear) Challenges and Initiatives in Refugee Education: the case of Greece. Cambridge Scholars Publishing). Her recent research focuses on the reconceptualization of Greek-language education abroad, in particular on transformations brought about by new migration from Greece.

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Dimitris Stavrou

Dimitris Stavrou 304is Professor of Science Education at the Department of Primary Education, University of Crete, Greece and the Director of the Science Teaching Laboratory in this Department. He has graduated the Chemistry Department at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and continued his post –graduate studies in Science Education in the Department of Primary Education in Athens and the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel, Germany. He was the Treasurer (2011 – 2015), the President (2015–2017) and is currently the Vice-President (2019 – 2021) of the Hellenic Association for Science Education and Information Communication Technologies (ENEPHET). He has been the principal investigator from the University of Crete of the FP7 Framework EU-Project “IRRESISTIBLE” (2013–2016) and the Erasmus+ project “IDENTITIES” (2019 – 2022) and is a member of the project team of MINT – Lernen in informellen Räumen [STEM – Learning in out of school contexts], PhD Program: University of Oldenburg, Germany (2016–2020). His research interests include the educational reconstruction of modern science topics (quantum mechanics, non-linear systems), in-service teachers training in teaching nanoscience and nanotechnology issues in school and out of school contexts as well as pre- and in-service teachers training in STEM teaching.

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