Maria Kousis (Ph.D, The University of Michigan, 1984) is Professor of Sociology and former director of the University of Crete Research Centre for the Humanities, the Social and Education Sciences (UCRC) (9/2014-11/2021). She was coordinator or partner in European Commission projects including Grassroots Environmental Action, TEA, PAGANINI and MEDVOICES. Her publications consist of 16 edited volumes, books, or special issues, 43 journal articles and 39 book chapters. Recent publications include, Transnational solidarity in times of crises: Citizen organisations and collective learning in Europe, focused on the fields of migration, disability and unemployment (Eds.: C. Lahusen, U. Zschache and M. Kousis, Palgrave, 2021) and Transnational Solidarity Organizations in Times of Crises – Comparative European Perspectives (Eds.: M. Kousis and C. Lahusen, special section of Sociological Research Online, 2021). Her research centres on Social Change, Contentious Politics, Crisis and Society, Environmental Politics, Bioethics and Southern Europe. Recent work focuses on the socio-economic 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).
Aspasia Chatzidaki 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 Brussels, Belgium). She is Professor at the Department of Primary Education of the University of Crete and Director of the Centre for Intercultural and Migration Studies of the same Department. In addition, she served as member of the UCRC Board on two separate occasions (7/2012-8/2014, 9/2016-11/2021). 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. She is the author of a book (‘Teaching Bilingual Students; theoretical issues and educational approaches,’ Athens, Pedio, 2020) and co-editor of 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? Springer Verlag) and another one on refugee education (Chatzidaki, A. & Tsokalidou, P. Challenges and Initiatives in Refugee Education: the case of Greece. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020). Her recent research focuses on the reconceptualisation of Greek-language education abroad in the light of recent migration from Greece.
Konstantinos Kafetsios (Ph.D. Lancaster University) is a Professor in Social Psychology at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki and visiting Professor in Social and Organizational Psychology at Palacký University in the Czech Republic. He has held research and teaching positions at the University of Cambridge School of Social and Political Sciences, the Department of Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, and the Department of Psychology at the University of Crete, where he was also a member of the board of the University of Crete Research Center for the Humanities, the Social and Education Sciences (UCRC) (9/2016-9/2019). Research in his lab addresses emotional and social interaction phenomena across cultural and social-organizational contexts. This research has received research funding from the European Commission, EEA, the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation, GACR, and the General Secretariat for Research and Innovation. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and the European Journal of Social Psychology while on the editorial board of several international journals and as a reviewer for international funding agencies in the social and behavioral sciences