2nd International Conference in Contemporary Social Sciences Programme

Public Policy at the Crossroads: Social Sciences Leading the Way?

Rethymno, 15 – 16 June 2018


Friday, June 15th, 2018

09:00-10:00: Registration

Parallel Session 1A: Education I
10:00-12:00 (Lecture Room: A2-2)

Chair: Daphne Nicolitsas

Gouvias D. (University of the Aegean), Zafeiris K. (University of the Aegean) and Petropoulou C. (University of the Aegean) Education as “distinction” – Issues of differentiated “habitus” in informal educational provision for refugee children, in the island of Lesvos

Trikka M. (Chania Secondary Education Directorate) and Zervakis S. (Chania Secondary Education Directorate) Research for a  sustainable implementation of apprenticeship at local level

Nicolitsas D. (University of Crete) Performance at school and performance at university: what is the link?

Argyropoulou E. (University of Crete) and Lintzerakou E. (Middlessex University) Redefining Knowledge and Education in modern economic societies: a prerequisite for redesigning educational policy and reform

Parallel Session 1B: Employment and Labour Market
10:00-12:00 (Lecture Room: A2-3)

Chair: Andy Green

Vandorou L.V. (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) The impact of financialization on labour market institutions

Koffas S. (University of Applied  Sciences of Thessaly), Adamou A. (University of Applied  Sciences of Thessaly), Katsarou, D.E. (University of Applied  Sciences of Thessaly), Aspridis G. (University of Applied  Sciences of Thessaly), Tsiotas D. (University of Thessaly) and Sdrolias L. (University of Applied  Sciences of Thessaly) Generation Y: Investigation of their role in the contemporary life conditions and job market

Katomeris S. (Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences)  The conjunction of Employment Policies and Social Economy

Green A. (UCL Institute of Education) and Papadakis N. (University of Crete)  Comparing the Employment Prospects of the ‘Lost Generation’ of Youth in Greece and the UK

Parallel Session 1C: Environmental Policy
10:00-12:00 (Lecture Room: A3-2)

Chair: Turaj Faran

Chad S. (Lund University), Faran T. (Lund University) and O’Byrne D. (Lund University) Sustainability and Sen’s Social Choice – An appreciation and appropriation

Margosi M. (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)  A green investment integration in a growth model

Avrami L. (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)  Mapping the nexus of within country social and environmental inequalities in Europe

Boda C.  (Lund University), Faran T.  (Lund University), Harnesk D.  (Lund University), Isgren E.  (Lund University) and  O’Byrne D.  (Lund University) Structuralist vs  Agent-based Approach to Environmental Sustainability – A possible resolution to a polarized debate

Parallel Session 1D: SMEs and Public Policy in Greece 
(Panel Organiser: Valia Aranitou)
10:00-12:00 (Lecture Room: A3-3)

Chair: Valia Aranitou

Moukoulis P. (INEMY-ESEE), Vafeiadis E. (INEMY-ESEE) and Meleas G. (INEMY-ESEE) The condition of Greece’s main local markets Methodological approach and key findings

Arachovas C. (INEMY-ESEE), Georgokostas N. (INEMY-ESEE) and Manioudis M. (INEMY-ESEE) SMEs after (?) the economic crisis: Many challenges to overcome

Gounari D. (INEMY-ESEE), Salpea E. (INEMY-ESEE) and Kolokythas P. (INEMY-ESEE) Public Policies for SMEs: Designing blindfolded

Panagiotopoulou M. (INEMY-ESEE), Aranitou V. (INEMY-ESEE) and Eleftheriou K. (INEMY-ESEE)  Startup vs Traditional entrepreneurship: A comparative approach

12:00-12:30: Coffee Break

12:30-13:30 (Alexandropoulos Amphitheatre)
Chair: Maria Kousis (University of Crete)
Maria Petmesidou (Democritus University of Thrace)
The EU 2020 Strategy and the “Social Pillar”: 
Can they deliver on social inclusion?

13:30-14:30: Lunch

Parallel Session 2A: Action Organizations responding to the 
retrenchment of Public Policies (Panel Organiser: Maria Kousis)
14:30-16:30 (Lecture Room: A2-2)

Chair: Maria Kousis

Kalogeraki S. (University of Crete)  Anti-refugee and Anti-immigrant Attitudes in Greece: Findings and Policy Implications

Loukakis A. (University of Crete) Born to Die Online? A Cross-National Analysis of the Rise and Decline of Alternative Actions Organizations in Europe

Kanellopoulos K. (University of Crete),  Karakioulafi C. (University of Crete), Alexandropoulou P. (University of Crete) and Soros G. (University of Crete) Informal, transnational solidarity organization in crises-ridden Greece: Stronger, divided and politicized

Kousis M. (University of Crete), Paschou M. (University of Crete) and Loukakis A. (University of Crete) Innovative practices of solidarity: the European frame

Parallel Session 2B: Migration and Refugee Crisis
14:30-16:30 (Lecture Room: A2-3)

Chair: Stathis Papastathopoulos

Pia E. (European Law and Governance School) Everyday Narratives and Migration Policy Processes

Kesisoglou G. (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and Issari P. (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) Needing Supervision: The affective/discursive canon of accounting for the urgency of supervision by mental health professionals working with refugees in Greece

Aspriadis N. (University of Piraeus) Strategic Communication of the Greek Public Administration for the handling of the Refugee Crisis: A critical review on the Greek Institutional Speech

Papastathopoulos S. (University of Ioannina)  On the Ghostly Presence of Refugees in between spaces

Parallel Session 2C: Ethic and Gender Issues
14:30-16:30 (Lecture Room: A3-2)

Chair: Sonata Vyšniauskienė

Bograkou E. (Deree – The American College of Greece) Labeling Sex Offenders in the United States in the 21st Century

Kazanoglu N. (Ulster University) Europeanization patterns of gender equality in work-family life reconciliation policies: Germany and Turkey

Liodakis N. (Wilfrid Laurier University) Essentialism versus Intersectionality and their Impact on Public Policy: Methodologies and Ethnic and Racialized Groups in Canada

Vyšniauskienė S. (Lithuanian center for social research) Gender Equality and Leave Policies in the Baltic States and Poland

Parallel Session 2D: Social and Economic Theory
14:30-16:30 (Lecture Room: A3-3)

Chair: Liodakis George

Mavrozacharakis E. (University of Crete) and Tzagkarakis, S.I. (University of Crete) The level of neo-liberal persuasiveness

Manioudis M. (University of Crete) J S Mill’s views on historiography: historical fragments from some neglected essays

Tzotzes S. (University of Crete) and Milonakis D. (University of Crete) Behavioural economics a ‘mindful’ new paradigm for economics?

Liodakis G. (Technical University of Crete) Challenging the ‘public’ from a revolutionary perspective

16:30-17:00: Coffee Break

Parallel Session 3A: Crisis and the Greek Economy and Society
17:00-19:00 (Lecture Room: A2-2)

Chair: Eleni Drakaki

Mavridis S. (Democritus University of Thrace) and Mouratidou S. (Democritus University of Thrace) The Phenomenon of Homelessness during Greek Economic Crisis 2009-2018

Archontas G. (University of Peloponnese)  The Greek “IMF Multiplier” Case: A hayekian critique of accurate predictions in crisis environments and their political usage

Takas E. (Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences), Aspriadis N. (University of Pireaus) and Samaras A. (University of Pireaus) Ordoliberalism in the German institutional discourse on Greece for the Economic Crisis

Drakaki E. (University of Crete) The transformation of Regional Policy in Greece: A new policy paradigm in a European context, 1993-2013

Parallel Session 3B: Cultural Considerations: Leadership,
Diplomacy, Healthcare
17:00-19:00 (Lecture Room: A2-3)

Chair: Konstantinos Kafetsios

Doblyte S. (University of Oviedo) Access to mental healthcare in Lithuania: institutional, cultural and social barriers

Sailly O. (Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 University) Social Sciences to the Rescue of Cultural Diplomacy How to Evaluate the Significance and Impact of Cultural Diplomacy?

Ekonomou K. (University of Peloponnese) Political Leadership and Public Administation Reform in Greece. Lessons (not) learned during crisis.

Kafetsios K. (University of Crete)  On culture, emotion, and leadership: How interdependence shapes hierarchy relationships and perceptions

Parallel Session 3C: Inequality, Social Exclusion and Social 
17:00-19:00 (Lecture Room: A3-2)

Chair: Olympia Kaminioti

Tsilikis C. (Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences) and Gakou M.E. (Ministry of Labour, Greece) Social Entrepreneurship: a Crucial Component of Prison Reform in Greece – Recommending a SIB model

Karagiannaki E. (CASE, London School of Economics) and Burchardt T. (CASE, London School of Economics) The implications of intra-household inequality for adult material deprivation in Europe

Kaminioti O. (National Institute of Labour and Human Resources)  Social policy for the fight against social exclusion: conceptual, measurement and analysis aspects


Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Parallel Session 4A: Global Crisis and Policy Making
10:00-12:00 (Lecture Room: A2-2)

Chair: Doina Gavrilov

Guillen, A.M. (Universidad de Oviedo), Branco R. (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa), Cardoso D. (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa), David L. (Universidad de Oviedo) and Sacchi S. (University of Milan) Here to stay? Analysing policy reversals in the aftermath of the crisis

Vlados C. (Democritus University of Thrace), Deniozos N. (Democritus University of Thrace) and Chatzinikolaou D. (Democritus University of Thrace) Towards an evolutionary framework of understanding the Global Crisis: Past, present and the evolutionary perspectives

Balampanidis I. (Centre for Political Research, Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences) and Liakaki S. (Independent Researcher) Evidence-Based Policy Making in times of crisis: the case of Greece

Gavrilov D. (National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Romania) Factors of influence and solutions to the crises affecting the European Union’s cultural and economic policies

Parallel Session 4B: Education II
10:00-12:00 (Lecture Room: A2-3)

Chair: Manolis Dafermos

Argyropoulou E. (University of Crete) and Gkaravellas E. (Univercity of Crete)  Corruption in Education and Public Policies: The case of Greece

Chadjipadelis, T. (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and Papaoikonomou A. (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) Schools’ sits-in as a result of students’ political socialization: empirical research in schools of central Macedonia in Greece

Kapsaski A. (University of Crete) The OECD’s recommendations for Greek schools’ evaluation and autonomy (2013-2017): A critical assessment

Venianaki A. (University of Crete), Timplalexi E. (University of Crete) and Dafermos M. (University of Crete) From a medical towards an ecological model of assessment for learning difficulties and intervention: the case of distanced and mountainous villages of Chania Prefecture

Parallel Session 4C: Energy, Security and Surveillance
10:00-12:00 (Lecture Room: A3-2)

Chair: Minas Samatas

Deniozos N. (Democritus University of Thrace), Vlados C. (Democritus University of Thrace), Chatzinikolaou D. (Democritus University of Thrace) and Falaras A. (University of Macedonia) Energy security in the Balkans and the Energy Economy of Greece

Violakis P. (University of Piraeus)  Common Security and Defence Policy: A Social Science Perspective

Balafas V. (University of the Peloponnese) and Fakiolas E. (University of the Peloponnese) The “shale oil era” and President Trump’s “energy dominance” doctrine

Samatas M. (University of Crete)  Surveillance Technologies and Policy Issues of “Ugly Co-Veillance” in the Digital Age

Parallel Session 4D: Mental Health Policies and Professional 
Networks (Panel Organiser: Manolis Tzanakis)
10:00-12:00 (Lecture Room: A3-3)

Chair: Sofia Triliva

Valasaki M. (University of Crete), Tzanakis M. (University of Crete), Kelemen G. (University of Arad), Gavrila-Ardelean M. (University of Arad) and Fond-Harmant L. (Luxembourg Institute of Health) Researching the sociocultural dimensions of professional networks in mental health care (ARPA project)

Poisson T. (CNP Saint-Martin), Deloyer J. (Centre Neuropsychiatrique Saint-Martin) and Fond-Harmant L. (Luxembourg Institute of Health) What is happening behind your Black Mirror? The technological future of Mental Health

Deloyer J. (Centre Neuropsychiatrique Saint-Martin), Moraitou M. (KEPSIPI) and Fond-Harmant L. (Luxembourg Institute of Health) TuTo+: Training of tutors and immersion in Europe of young mental health professionals

Sofia Triliva (University of Crete) Untangling the complexities of mental health care organization in Greece: ramifications for policy

12:00-12:30: Coffee Break

12:30-13:30 (Alexandropoulos Amphitheatre)
Chair: Sofia Triliva (University of Crete)
John Cromby (University of Leicester)
Psychology, Mental Health and Public Policy: the ‘Power 
Threat Meaning Framework’

13:30-14:30: Lunch

14:30-15:30 (Alexandropoulos Amphitheatre)
Chair: Dimitris Milonakis (University of Crete)
Gary Dymski (University of Leeds)
The fragile construction of a human future: From post-War 
policy tradeoffs to political crises

15:30-16:00: Coffee Break

Parallel Session 5A: Health
16:00-18:00 (Lecture Room: A2-2)

Chair: Santiago Ripoll

Kanakis K. (University of Crete)  Reshaping the concept of healthcare in 19th c Ottoman Crete: The case of the Christian hospital of Heraklion

Ahnich M. (University of Paris-Nanterre)  «The Government of science or the science of government? French psychiatry facing a new «health economy» (1960-2015)

Plassaras P. (Independent researcher) and Potiri A.E. (Independent Researcher),  Medical Tourism as a new field of public policy in Greece : Subsistent situation and perspectives

Ripoll S. (Institute of Development Studies) Integrating social science into humanitarian policy: the case of health emergencies and the ‘Social Science for Humanitarian Action’ Platform

Parallel Session 5B: Public Policy
16:00-18:00 (Lecture Room: A2-3)

Chair: Ruta Braziene

Margaritis K. (University of Crete)  Shaping Public Policy: the Potential Role of a Constitutional Court

Tzagkarakis S.I. (University of Crete) and Pappas I. (University of Crete) The idea of solidarity under pressure: challenges and prospects for public policy in Southern Europe

Thomakis Z. (University of Peloponnese) and Daskalopoulou I. (University of Peloponnese) Social capital and cooperative schemes in Greece: A critical meta-analysis and future research agenda

Braziene R. (Lithuanian Social Research Centre) Housing Provision for the Youth in Lithuania: Theoretical Explanations, Empirical Evidence and Challenges for Public Policy

Parallel Session 5C: Nudging 2.0: Reconsidering the place 
of autonomy in welfare-promoting public policy
(Panel Organiser: Alexios Arvanitis)
16:00-18:00 (Lecture Room: A3-2)

Chair: Alexios Arvanitis

Kalliris K. (Leicester De Montfort Law School and King’s College London) Libertarian paternalism vs autonomy: Challenging the old ways in the era of the behavioural sciences

Karampatzos A. (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) Various Nudging Models and the Freedom of Choice

Arvanitis A. (University of Crete), Kalliris K. (Leicester De Montfort Law School and King’s College London) and Kaminiotis K. (University of Crete) How autonomy-supportive are nudges? A preliminary study under the lens of Self-Determination Theory


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