Theodosia Anthopoulou is a Professor of Social Geography with an emphasis on rural space and Director of the Social Policy Lab of the department. She studied Economics at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, completed her postgraduate studies in Rural Development at the University of Paris I-Pantheon and obtained her PHD in Human, Economic and Regional Geography from the University of Paris X-Nanterre. She has been teaching at the Department of Social Policy since 1997, while previously worked as a researcher at the Foundation for Mediterranean Studies and lecturer at the Department of Geography at the University of the Aegean. Since 2017, she collaborates with the Hellenic Open University, being the Director of the Master in Social and Solidarity Economy (2017-2020), and adjunct lecturer of the course "Spatial Development, Social Innovation and SSE".
Her research interests and extended field work focus on the geographical approach of rural area and urban-rural interface; community- driven development ; alternative and solidarity agrifood networks; collective action, sustainable resource management and participatory planning in the context of social and solidarity economy; the experience of crisis in rural areas (rural resilience, back-to-the-land movement, invisible forms of poverty, household strategies). She has participated as principal investigator and / or coordinator in more than thirty research projects, funded by national and European resources and has published numerous articles in scientific journals, collective volumes and conference proceedings.