Transdisciplinary Institute for Environmental and Social Studies

Defining a priori the activities of a newly born knowledge-based institute like TIESS is no easy task as these activities need to be dynamic in nature. Especially so, when the ambition is to create an interdisciplinary environment that brings together lines of thoughts and applications from a variety of scientific and artistic fields. Thus, this brief description may be partially doomed to failure from the very beginning if one is looking for an explicit and accurate account of everything that will take place under the Institute’s auspices.
Promoting knowledge-based activities, particularly promoting knowledge generation and sharing for its inherent value rather than linked to some direct benefit, creates additional challenges. These necessitate an extra layer of experimentation making the final outcome contingent.
Notwithstanding these challenges, TIESS’ early ambition is to focus on:
Primary research and research networking
Drawing initially from the fields of environmental and social studies, the Institute will develop a network of researchers, creating a pool of high-quality experts in a position to contribute in different lines of research. The ambition is to combine different academic and scientific networks, allowing for holistic approaches and understandings, and placing the Institute, through its membership, to a privileged position in order to contribute in diverse research efforts.
Knowledge promotion and knowledge sharing
Through a series of seminars, workshops, symposiums, webinars and conferences, the Institute will encompass different scientific disciplines and interests. This will enable knowledge promotion and sharing, while simultaneously will bring together various experts allowing for creative interactions.
Knowledge dissemination
Through a series of publishing activities the Institute will promote the dissemination of knowledge generated within the Institute. It will also allow for the publication of external scientific or artistic work in the form of translations into the Greek language or publication of primary work.
Asterios Tsiumanis
PhD Agricultural Economy

Asterios Tsioumanis was born in Serres in 1974. He has studied agricultural economics, food marketing, environmental economics and environmental policy in Greece and the UK, having acquired his PhD on 2004, studying public perceptions towards applications of modern biotechnology. He has taught in numerous academic institutions in Greece. He is currently engaged mainly in environmental policy, following up close, through the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services, the developments in major fields of multilateral environmental agreements, including ones related to biodiversity, genetic resources for food and agriculture, food security, deep sea mining and environmental management.

Vangelis Perrakis
Political Theory

Vangelis Perrakis was in Thessaloniki in 1982. He studied management and economy, political philosophy and philosophy of art. He is a PhD candidate in the school of political sciences, in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interests focus mainly on commons, new forms of sunjectification and political participation and contemporary forms of sovereingty, biopower and control.

Akis Filotheou
Political Sciences & Economy

Akis Filotheou was born in Thessaloniki in 1989. He has studied economics with a specialization in economics and politics of contemporary Eastern and South-eastern Europe. His main research interests include the emergence of political extremism and the study of radical right parties in Eastern Europe, as well as the reformation of populist parties in Europe and abroad.