Apostolos G. Papadopoulos

Apostolos G. Papadopoulos
National Centre for Social Research, Greece | Ekke · Institute of Social Research

BSc Sociology, MSc(Econ) Sociology, DPhil Geography
Currently working on migration and spatial justice, involving territorial inequalities and rural transformations

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Introduction
My research is focused on the factors and mechanisms related to rural transformation, social change and social class. An important domain of my research refers to the impact of migration on host societies. In recent years I am interested on the assymetries between social transformation and migration processes at various spatial scales. Rural areas being the main arena of my research, although it is increasingly challenging to look at the interactions between urban and rural areas.
Additional affiliations
February 2020 - present
National Centre for Social Research (EKKE)
Position
  • Managing Director
November 2013 - present
Harokopio University
Position
  • Professor
July 2009 - October 2013
Harokopio University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
October 1989 - April 1994
University of Sussex
Field of study
  • Human Geography
October 1988 - September 1989
October 1983 - September 1987

Publications

Publications (161)
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Over the last three decades of the 20th century, Greece was transformed from an emigration into an immigration countryand, more recently, into a country combining emigration and immigration. Initially, immigration from the ‘Balkans’ wasat the heart of the country’s migration debates. However, since the early 2000s, migration inflows have been highl...
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The paper aims to exemplify and discuss the changing conditions and challenges posed by the newly arriving populations of migrants and refugees in rural Greece, along with local people’s views on the impact of the new arrivals in their rural places. Its main objective is to understand whether migrants and refugees create threats or opportunities fo...
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A distinctive feature of Greek agriculture is its important position in the economy and society. Depending on the state of the national economy, and especially in times of economic recession, different population groups may consider agriculture as either a “sector of departure” or a “sector of arrival”. In Greece, migrant labour has become a major...
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Migration is considered a meaningful strategy whereby both migrants and nonmigrants can improve their well-being and their livelihoods. The paper emphasizes the migrants' own perspective and sheds light on movers' noneconomic drivers. The concept of aspirations is treated as a 'missing link' that allows research into migration at its intersection w...
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The discussion surrounding the impact of territorial cohesion policy, and the territorial prioritization of cohesion policy, can offer significant insights by problematizing spatial justice. The notions of territoriality, mobility and peripherality are presented and analyzed due to their relevance to territorial cohesion, but also because they may...
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Η διεθνής μετανάστευση, η οποία συχνά περιγράφεται ως μετακίνηση από μια χώρα σε μια άλλη, αποτελεί ένα πολύπλοκο φαινόμενο που συνδέεται με την παγκοσμιοποίηση αλλά και την (ανα)συγκρότηση της εθνικής ταυτότητας και την ‘αίσθηση του ανήκειν’ (belonging) σε μια κοινωνία. Θα πρέπει να είναι σαφές ότι το μεταναστευτικό φαινόμενο δεν μπορεί να αναλυθε...
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In periods of economic recession migrants are among the more vulnerable social groups in the labour market, since they experience the harsh effects of the economic crisis. In recent years, African migration has been increasing towards Europe, while the African migrants account for a significant segment of the migratory populations. Focusing on Afri...
Technical Report
The report brings together findings from four research teams on low status labour migration to explore how working and living conditions affect the social cohesion of migrants in the agriculture and care sectors of Germany, Greece, Ireland and Spain. Thematic chapters provide the policy contexts researched through cross-country study of agricultura...
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Migration has moved to the centre-stage of global problems and has attracted the attention of politicians, policymakers and intellectuals. The human security approach and the right-wing populism have affected the EU migration policy agenda along with the national policies of member states. The territorial inequalities offer a significant context fo...
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A short piece referring to the interactions between particularism and universalism in the current era
Technical Report
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The overarching aim of the evaluation study of the project 'Curing the Limbo' is to analyse, comprehend and interpret the available quantitative and qualitative material were collected by the partnership so that the project’s objectives are addressed. This study evaluates the results and impact of the project CTL at four levels: a) the level of pro...
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Since the collapse of the socialist regime in 1989, Romanian migration to Greece has been an increasingly important flow connected to the geographical and cultural proximity of the two countries. But while Romanians have been among the top immigrant nationalities in Greece, their integration pathways in urban and rural areas remain under-researched...
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The recent economic recession has severely affected peoples’ lives in Greece, but it has also triggered various resilience practices/acts performed by people residing in rural areas. Coastal and island areas, though affected by the decline in economic activities, seem to have developed resilience repertoires in the face of the emerging challenges....
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Migration and refugee flows in Greece in the post-crisis period: Exploring different claims for socio-spatial justice The socioeconomic and political situation in Greece offers a significant context for addressing migration and refugee flows along with asylum and migration policies. The «migration/refugee crisis» (2015) was added to an already deep...
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Sociologists and social scientists’ low professional status looms large when looking at the rapidly changing professional hierarchy based on the prominent role of technology and of scientific applications for peoples’ lives. Despite the high relevance of sociology to social problems and planning, the effectiveness of sociology and sociologists at a...
Conference Paper
Since the 1990s Southern Europe has attracted a large number of migrants due to the fact that it transformed into a global economic and political power. The number of migrants pouring into Europe increased tremendously, but the Southern European countries host a significant proportion of these migrant flows. Despite the harsh economic conditions, w...
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Rural areas are places where various social groups live either permanently or seasonally. The mobilities and immobilities of these groups are related to their differential resources. The vast impact of the financial crisis on Greece relates to the major decline of its GDP and enormous increase in unemployment. The paper aims to shed light on the co...
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Rural areas have changed dramatically in recent decades, although the pace and range of these changes have intensified due to the financial crisis of 2007/08. Rural regions and localities faced economic constraints and major challenges in relation to the external shocks caused by the globalised financial market economy. In this context, public poli...
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Η Ελληνική Κοινωνιολογική Εταιρεία (ΕΚΕ) διοργάνωσε το 6ο Τακτικό Συνέδριό της στην Αθήνα την περίοδο 29-31 Μαρτίου 2018 στους χώρους του Χαροκοπείου Πανεπιστημίου με βασικό θέμα: “Η κοινωνιολογία και ο Δημόσιος ρόλος της στην Εποχή της Μεταμόρφωσης του Κόσμου”. Η κοινωνιολογία ως κοινωνική επιστήμη που διδάσκεται σε πανεπιστημιακό επίπεδο έχει παρ...
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Η πρόσφατη μεταναστευτική/ προσφυγική κρίση έχει επιδεινώσει τα υπάρχοντα διαρκή διλήμματα εντός της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης (ΕΕ). Ειδικότερα, στο παρόν κείμενο περιγράφουμε και συζητούμε τον σχετικά πρόσφατο προβληματισμό σχετικά με τον όγκο των μετακινούμενων πληθυσμών, καθώς επίσης για το πως αυτός ο προβληματισμός μετασχηματίζεται σε πολιτικές που αφ...
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Στο δέκατο τέταρτο κεφάλαιο ο Απόστολος Παπαδόπουλος διερευνά σφαιρικά την επίδραση της κρίσης στην αντιμετώπιση του μεταναστευτικού φαινομένου στην Ελ- λάδα, επικεντρώνοντας, κυρίως, σε κείνα τα εμπειρικά δεδομένα που καταδεικνύ- ουν τις μεταβολές αναφορικά με τις συνθήκες διαβίωσης των μεταναστών καθώς και τα χαρακτηριστικά της μεταναστευτικής πο...
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Σκοπός της έρευνας ήταν η διερεύνηση μεταβολών στις αντιλήψεις αναφορικά με τη διατήρηση και την περιβαλλοντική προστασία με επίκεντρο τη Γυάρο και τη μεσογειακή φώκια. Διενεργήθηκε ποσοτική έρευνα σε αλιείς και τον τοπικό πληθυσμό στη Σύρο & την Άνδρο και ποιοτικές συνεντεύξεις με τοπικούς φορείς, επαγγελματίες και ερασιτέχνες αλιείς και τοπικό πλ...
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This paper discusses migrant agency in a specific rural locality (Manolada, Greece) with an intensive agricultural production system in which migrant labourers have been expressing their discontent for nearly a decade. The main objective of the paper is to discern how migrant labour precarity can be translated into political mobilization and acts o...
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This report is the Deliverable 1.1 "Conceptual review of the Scientific Literature" in IMAJINE project
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Coastal fisheries co-management in the Mediterranean ecosystem calls for the engagement of local and non-local stakeholders in the design and implementation of a co-management plan for specifically designated Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). In recent years, the harsh financial situation, the economic recession and the lack of development and employm...
Technical Report
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This paper seeks to discuss the issues relating to temporary migrant labour in Greek agri¬culture within the current context of continued economic recession and taking into consid¬eration the evolution of the migratory phenomenon in Southern Europe. Within the complexity induced by EU migration policy, the refugee quotas assigned to each country, v...
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Floods are one of the most devastating natural phenomena worlwide, with very severe impacts on human life. There is important flood history in Greece, which is accompanied by a large number of disasters in different types of land use / cover, with significant financial compensation and / or rehabilitation cost. This paper utilizes SENTINEL-1 satell...
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This chapter focuses on the role of migrant wage labour in the town of Manolada, where the continued migrant mobilizations demanding higher wages and defending against the severe labour control exercised by local strawberry farmers, have brought the town on the spotlight. It argues that the expansion of strawberry industry in Greece and especially...
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This paper reviews shorts the major challenges faced by farmers and rural residents in Greek rural areas. Each of these challenges is connected to transformation processes which impact upon rural areas. Moreover, the paper explores the interconnections between these challenges and the processes that accompany them, so that family farming is not jus...
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The notion of precarity involves a tension between a strategic, political concept emerging from the autonomist and post-workerist traditions of politics (Neilson and Rossiter, 2008) and the more sociologically-empirically focused condition of precarity currently under investigation (Anderson, 2010).
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Despite that in the last two decades Greece was rapidly transformed to a destination country for immigrants, the unprecedented crisis has had a severe impact on immigrants’ settlement and integration. New migrant flows which originate from Asia and Africa have induced new challenges for the national authorities and policy makers in Greece. Usually...
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The article presents the main aspects of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) while also exploring the contextual parameters and impact on agriculture and rural areas of the European Union (EU) member states. CAP is one of the most important policies of the EU, having for decades occupied the major share of the region’s budget and had profound effe...
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Είναι γνωστό πως η σχολική αποτυχία αποτελεί τον πυρήνα της Κοινωνιολογίας της εκπαίδευσης. Στην Ελλάδα το ζήτημα των ανισοτήτων στην επίδοση των μαθητών και το ζήτημα αναπαραγωγής των κοινωνικών τάξεων μέσα από την τριτοβάθμια εκπαίδευση υπήρξαν κυρίαρχα στη διαδικασία της ανάπτυξης και διδασκαλίας της Κοινωνιολογίας της Εκπαίδευσης ως αυτόνομου δ...
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There is a flux associated with rural spaces and that is the constant reshaping of their structures through interactions between socio-economic and environmental processes. These processes, which are driven both by internal and external forces, affect the sustainability of rural livelihoods. Furthermore, reforms on the Common Agricultural Policy ha...
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Despite that in the last two decades Greece has rapidly transformed to a destination country for immigrants, the unprecedented crisis has had a severe impact on immigrants’ settlement and integration. New migrant flows which originate from Asia and Africa have induced new challenges for the national authorities and policy makers in Greece. Usually...
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In the past twenty years continuous change has transformed the face of rural Greece. The Euro- pean agricultural and rural development policies, other international developments, as well as the recent economic crisis have accelerated past and created new rural transformation processes. ‘De-agriculturalisation’ and rural restructuring have been acco...
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In Greece the structure of rural society has changed profoundly since the 1960s.Rural exodus and consequent demographic ageing, restructuring towards more intensive seasonal farming and social rejection of wage labour in agriculture and living in rural areas created labour deficits. The arrival of international migrants following the collapse of...
Conference Paper
During the last two decades Southern European countries, which were in the past a labour reserve for Western Europe and North America, experienced migration transition to host societies. A number of factors explain this transformation; their geopolitical position, the improved socioeconomic situation and the fact that they are part of the European...
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Η μελέτη της κοινωνίας πολιτών στην Ελλάδα επικεντρώνεται στο ρόλο και στη δράση των ΜΚΟ, αγνοώντας συνήθως τους συλλόγους και τις κοινότητες μεταναστών. Η σημασία όμως των τελευταίων κρίνεται ουσιώδης για την ένταξη και τη συμμετοχή των μεταναστών στην Ελληνική κοινωνία υποδοχής, ενώ παράλληλα είναι σημαντική η συνεισφορά τους στη θεσμική διαμεσολ...
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Ο αριθμός των μεταναστών που εισρέουν στην Ευρώπη έχει αυξηθεί σημαντικά τα τελευταία χρόνια, ενώ οι χώρες της Νότιας Ευρώπης υποδέχονται ένα σημαντικό ποσοστό των νέων μεταναστευτικών ροών. Οι ροές αυτές αφορούν κυρίως μη-νόμιμους ή μεταφερόμενους μετανάστες που αναζητούν τις κατάλληλες γι αυτούς χώρες υποδοχής που θα τους προσφέρουν ευκαιρίες απα...
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Το βιβλίο περιλαμβάνει: α) τη μελέτη του φυσικού περιβάλλοντος της παράκτιας ζώνης (κλιματική αλλαγή, φυσικές διεργασίες και καταστροφές όπως θαλάσσια κύματα βαρύτητας, πλημμύρες εκβολικών συστημάτων και επιπτώσεις από την άνοδο της θαλάσσιας στάθμης, υδάτινο δυναμικό), β) την ανθρωπογεωγραφία της παράκτιας ζώνης (μετασχηματισμοί του αγροτικού χώρο...
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Questioning how immigrants and their descendants can constitute a temporary or permanent labour power in receiving societies lies at the heart of contemporary migration debate. Immigrant integration and/ or incorporation constitutes a complex process implicating them both as individuals and as communities or groups. Recent immigration experience sh...
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The paper explores the challenges faced today, in a context of severe economic crisis, by immigrant associations (IMAs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Greece. The data analysed here was collected between October 2009 and February 2010 and incorporates references to all recorded migration-related social actors operating in Greece. The...
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A series of changes have taken place over the past 20 years that have transformed the face of rural Greece. At the heart of these changes have been the rural farm household and the European agricultural and rural development policies. The processes of ‘de-agriculturalization’ and rural restructuring in the early 1990s have been accompanied by ‘rurb...
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During the past four years Europe is amidst the most severe recession since the Second World War. During this economic situation immigrants are among the most vulnerable groups and usually they are hardest hit by the economic crisis. Exploring the relation of recession and migration underlines the impacts of the former on migration flows and on mig...
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In the last two decades, southern Europe has attracted a large number of immigrants due to its geopolitical position, its improved socioeconomic situation and the fact that it is part of the European Union, which is undergoing a gradual transformation into a global economic and political power. The number of immigrants pouring into Europe has incre...
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African immigration has been an issue of concern for most of the European countries, especially in the last years. The worries have been more important among the southern European states. A series of meetings held by European Union and the African Union addressed the issues relating to regular and irregular migration between the two regions. Polit...
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Childhood obesity (ChO1) has been recognized as an epidemic in many developed and developing countries. The understanding of the spatial relationships between ChO and socio-environmental status is critical in order to control this epidemic. In this paper, we investigate these relationships and consider empirical evidence from Athens, Greece. We exa...
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Το άρθρο με τίτλο «Απασχόληση και επαγγελματική κινητικότητα των μεταναστών σε δυο τοπικές αγορές εργασίας» αντλεί από εμπειρική έρευνα σε δύο διακριτές περιφερειακές αγορές εργασίας στις οποίες μελετήθηκαν τα βασικά χαρακτηριστικά της απασχόλησης και της κινητικότητας των μεταναστών καθώς και οι επιπτώσεις αυτής της απασχόλησης σε αυτές τις αγορές...
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South-eastern Europe is depicted as a highly insecure region owing to a combination of factors including its function as the gateway to the EU and the many socio-economic problems that have arisen out of the democratization process in eastern Europe. The already existing internal differences within south-eastern Europe have been rendered huge by th...
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This study deals with the landscape evolution of the coastal zone along the southern coast of Korinthiakos Gulf in central Greece. This coastal area is characterized by an extensive alluvial plain formed by the sediment supply of torrential rivers. Its step-like morphology is the result of a series of uplifted marine terraces formed during the inte...
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Non-agricultural employment is expanding in many rural areas in Greece, while the agricultural sector is the main employer in a great deal of rural areas. Local labour markets are diverse although dependence on family farming, small-scale businesses, informal employment and tourist activities is constantly increasing. These developments have gradua...
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Bringing together a range of case studies from Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Greece, this book compares and contrasts different models of food re-localization. The richness and complexity of the international case studies provide a broad understanding of the characteristics of the re-localization mo...
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Bringing together a range of case studies from Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Greece, this book compares and contrasts different models of food re-localization. The richness and complexity of the international case studies provide a broad understanding of the characteristics of the re-localization mo...
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Immigrant geography is a highly significant research topic in modern Greece and Southern Europe. The emphasis is often placed on urban areas where there is a large concentration of immigrants, while less research is carried out in rural areas. The existing heterogeneity of rural areas and the diversity of host rural societies caused by immigrant po...
Technical Report
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Southern Europe’s development status is a “special case” of the European economic system, characterized by late industrialization, large agricultural and tourist sectors, speculative urban development and extensive family-based informal economy. Specifically, Western Greece and Ionian Islands regions in Greece and a large part of Southern Italy (es...
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Στο παρόν κείμενο παρουσιάζεται μια δυναμική μεθοδολογική προσέγγιση, η οποία έχει σχεδιαστεί έτσι ώστε να ενσωματώνει κοινωνικοοικονομικά και χωρικά δεδομένα της ελληνικής υπαίθρου για την αποτίμηση των διαφοροποιήσεων στο εσωτερικό της. Η εν λόγω μεθοδολογική προσέγγιση στηρίζεται στα γεωγραφικά συστήματα πληροφοριών (ΓΣΠ) που ενδείκνυνται για το...