University of Crete (UoC)

University of Crete is a research oriented public university established in 1973 with 5 Faculties, 17 Departments  over 750 faculty members and approximately 25,000 students (at the post-graduate and undergraduate levels).  The Department of Sociology is part of the School of Social Sciences since its foundation in 1984.  With 23 faculty members the Department runs a graduate research programme in sociology and collaborates with other Departments in 2 other interdisciplinary post-graduate programmes (BIOETHICS, Contemporary Greek and European history). 

The Department of Sociology at the University of Crete (UoC) is responsible for the assessment of the economic viability and public acceptability of the new biomass crops in WP6.  UoC and researchers from the Agricultural Economics Research Institute in Athens (INAGROP) conduct cost-benefit analysis of the new biomass crops and assess, through focus group research and analysis, the extent to which farmers, interest groups and related stakeholders are willing to adopt the cultivation of the new produced biomass crops based on various socio-cultural characteristics.  UoC faculty members have a background in bioethics and agricultural sociology while researchers at the INAGROP have extended expertise in the economics and organization of food and agribusiness supply chains and cooperatives as well as rural innovation management.

Dr Vassiliki Petoussi is responsible for the coordination of task activities.  Dr Constantine Iliopoulos a senior researcher with INAGROP in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Agricultural University of Athens.  He provides expertise on the organization and economics of food and agribusiness supply chains and cooperatives. Dr Irini Theodorakopoulou (INAGROP) is an expert on rural innovation management and supply chain economics and organization. Eugenia Petropoulou is a lecturer of Rural Sociology at the Department of Sociology, UoC and her main research interests include rural transformation, health and working status of rural women, and European policies in the agricultural sector.