Evangelia (Elia) Apostolopoulou is a postdoctoral researcher at the European Research Project SCALES and a member of the research team of the Department of Ecology, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece. She is responsible for Greece (AUTH) for the Work Package 4 of SCALES (“Multi-level Governance and Policy Instruments”, Work Package Coordinator: Finnish Environment Institute-SYKE, Finland). She completed her PhD at the School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2009). The topic of her PhD thesis was “The social conflicts during the implementation of biodiversity policy in protected areas. Analysis and appraisal of conservation policies in Greece”.
She has worked a lot on the ecological, economic, political and social dimensions of conservation at different levels and scales and on a full range of relevant European and national policy instruments and governance mechanisms. Her current research is associated with the analytical problems of the adaptiveness of governance structures and processes and of their accountability and legitimacy. Moreover, the role of power, knowledge and scale, are fundamental themes in her current research. Her research also deals with the investigation of natural resource conflicts and their interrelationship with changing social-ecological conditions (with specific focus to the issues of justice, fairness, and equity) as well as with the adoption of analytical and normative approaches towards the potential to couple social and ecological resilience in environmental policy and governance.
- Apostolopoulou, E., Pantis, J.D. 2010. Development plans versus conservation: explanation of emergent conflicts and state political handling. Environment and Planning A 42, 982-1000.
- Apostolopoulou, Ε., Pantis, J.D. 2008. Global environmental governance and protected areas management. In: Sustainable management of protected areas. Dimopoulos, P., Pantis, J.D., Tzanoudakis, D., Vagenas, D. (eds.). Pappas Editions, Athens, Greece. Pp. 431 – 449. (in Greek)
- Apostolopoulou, E., Pantis, J.D. 2009. Conceptual gaps in the national strategy for the implementation of the European Natura 2000 conservation policy in Greece. Biological Conservation 142, 221-237.