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Dr Katerina Psarikidou

Senior Research Associate - N8 AgriFood Knowledge Exchange, Research Associate

Katerina Psarikidou

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 593493


Katerina Psarikidou is researcher at the Centre for Mobilities Research of the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University. Along with Professor John Urry, she is currently working as a researcher for the 5-year, 6 million EPSRC project, called Liveable Cities project (see http://liveablecities.org.uk/). She holds a PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University and an MA in Bioethics. In the past, she worked as researcher for other, EC and Lancaster University funded, research projects. She has also published and delivered talks and lectures on various areas of Sociology, falling under the following areas of research interest..

Current Research

As a member of the Liveable Cities Project, Katerina is working on mobility innovation for low-carbon cities. Employing a range of 'mobile research methods', her research will build on how to innovate and develop a 'post-car' socio-technical system of mobility and related social practices. As part of the project's Research Challenge 2 on 'Wellbeing and the Liveable City', she examines different types of mobilities and immobilities who amelioration or intensification can contribute to, or provide isnpiration for, re-designing current cityscapes. As part of this research, mobility systems constructed around the physical movement of people and food will be explored. 

Research Interests

In addition to research interests mobility innovation for low-carbon cities, Katerina's research interests are also shaped by her past work on various research projects. For her PhD, called Re-imagining Sustainable Agro-Food Futures: Alternative Bio-economies in a Knowledge Society Era', she was examining the political, knowledge and moral economic aspects of rural and urban alternative agro-food networks in England and claiming for their potential to contribute to alternative innovation strategies, research and policy agendas for agriculture and food. Thus, rural and urban sociology, sociology and political economy of agriculure and food, science and technology studies, innovation studies and sociology of scientific knowledge constitute some of the areas of research interest. The latter have also been enriched through her participation in the FP7 EC funded project FAAN ('Facilitating Alternative Agro-Food Networks: Stakeholders Perspectives on Research Needs' - see www.faanweb.eu). Finally, her participation in the FP6 EC funded project PAGANINI (Participatory Governance and Institutional Innovation - see http://www.univie.ac.at/LSG/paganini/) illustrates her research interests in the areas of environmental sociology, environmental politics and biodiversity and nature conservation.

Current Teaching

MA SOCL 521: Environment and Society (lecturing)

MA SOCL 937: Mobilities, Society and Change (lecturing)

UG SOCL 324: Media in a Global Age (lecturing)

UG LEC 331: Food and Agriculture in the 21st Century (LEC - lecturing)

In the past, I have also been seminar tutor and guest lecturer for the undergraduate course SOCL 101: Introduction to Sociology of the Sociology Department of Lancaster University.


Additional Information

Selected presentations related to above research areas:

Katerina Psarikidou, Re-configuring the city as a low-carbon space of mobility, Networked Urban Mobilities, Cosmobilities Conference 2014, Copenhagen, 5 – 7 November 2014.

Katerina Psarikidou, Re-inventing ‘inclusive innovation’ through a moral economy lens, EASST Conference ‘Situating Solidarities: social challenges for science and technology studies’, Torun, Poland, 17 – 19 September 2014.

Katerina Psarikidou, 'Innovating Mobility Systems for Low-Carbon Cities', Global Conference on Mobility Futures, Lancaster, 4-6 September 2013. 

Katerina Psarikidou, 'Researching Mobility Innovation for Low-Carbon Cities', CeMoRe Annual Research Day, Lancaster University, 29 May 2013.

Katerina Psarikidou, 'Alternative Urbanities as Low-carbon Urbanities: the case of alternative agro-food networks in Manchester', Research Lab on 'What's the Value of Saving Costs? The Urban Economic and Politics of Everyday Saving Practices', Hafencity University, Hamburg, Germany, 25-28 March 2013.

Katerina Psarikidou, 'Rethinking Bio-economies through alternative agro-food neworks', Lancaster University, 19 February 2013.

Katerina Psarikidou & Bronislaw Szerszynski, The moral economy of 'civic food networks' in Manchester, International Conference on Agriculture in an Urbanising Society, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 1-4 April 2012.

Katerina Psarikidou & Bronislaw Szerszynski, Growing the Social: Alternative agro-food networks and social sustainability in Manchester, Sustainability and Responsibility Plus Network Meeting. Management School, Lancaster University, 10 November 2011

Katerina Psarikidou & Bronislaw Szerszynski, Community Engagement in the urban ethical foodscape of Manchester, The XXIV ESRS Congress, Chania, Greece, 22-25 August 2011

Katerina Psarikidou & Les Levidow, Making Local Food Sustainable in Manchester, European Sustainable Food Planning Conference, University of Brighton, Brighton, 29-30 October 2010.

Katerina Psarikidou& Bronislaw Szerszynksi, Alternative Agro-food Networks: A counter-hegemonic knowledge-based agro-food economy? EASST Conference 2010, Trento, 2-4 September 2010

Katerina Psarikidou, Larry Reynolds& Bronislaw Szerszynski, Contested Agro-food Mobilities. CEMORE Annual Research Day, Lancaster University,26 May 2010.

Katerina Psarikidou& Bronislaw Szerszynski, Alternative Agro-food Networks: A New Knowledge-Based Agro-food Paradigm? The 9th Conference of The European Sociological Association, Lisbon 2-6 September 2009

Katerina Psarikidou& Les Levidow, Food Re-localisation in Cumbria and Manchester: Alternative Practices with Mainstream Aspirations, The XXIII European Society for Rural Sociology CongressVaasa, Finland 17-21 August 2009

Katerina Psarikidou, Bioethics through the discourse of the engaged interest groups in biodiversity loss, 3rd Conference on "Bioethical Dilemmas in Life Sciences", Panormo, Crete, 2-4 October 2007.

Katerina Psarikidou & Nina Nygren, Understanding Conflicts over EU species protection policy: Two Cases in Finland and Greece, The 8th Annual Conference of the European Sociological Association:Conflict, Citizenship and Civil Society, Glasgow, 3 - 6 September, 2007.

Maria Kousis & Katerina Psarikidou, Governing Coastal Biodiversity: Caretta Caretta in Zakinthos and Crete, MARE Conference 'People and The Sea IV': Who Owns the Coast?, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 5-7 July 2007 .

Maria Kousis & Katerina Psarikidou, NGOs, Local Livelihood and the New Politics of Nature, PAGANINI Final Conference: The New Govermence of Life: Challenges, Transformations and Innovations. Vienna, 11-12 June 2007.

Katerina Psarikidou, Why is the protection of endangered species an issue of bioethical concern?, 2nd Conference on "Bioethical Dilemmas in Life Sciences", Chania, Crete, 20-22 October 2006.

Kousis Maria & Psarikidou Katerina, Sustainability Narratives on Caretta Caretta: Evidence from Zakynthos and Crete, The 'International Conference on Sustainable Management and Development of Mountainous and Island Areas' , Naxos Island, Greece, 29 Sept. - 1 October 2006.

Katerina Psarikidou, Tourism Development and EU Biodiversity Policy in Island Regions: The 'Loggerhead sea turle' case on Zakynthos and Crete, Seminar on "Planning conflicts and their consequences to planning practices, policy making and procedural justice", Fiskars, Finland, 14-15 August 2006

Katerina Psarikidou, Environmental Ethics and EU Biodiversity Policy in Tourism: the 'Caretta caretta Cases' on Zakynthos and Crete, The International Conference of Trends, Impacts and Policies on Tourism Development, Herakleion, 15-18 June 2006

Kousis Maria, Psarikidou Katerina & Volakakis Yiannis, Participatory Governance and Institutional Innovation, Conference on "Bioethical Dilemmas in Life Sciences", Chania, Crete, 30 Sept. - 1 0ct. 2005

Katerina Psarikidou, Sustainable Tourism Development, the EU Habitats Directive and Caretta Caretta in Greece, The Vth Conference of the Mediterranean Association of the Sociology of Tourism: Mediterranean Tourism Beyond the Coastline: New Trends in Tourism and the Social Organisation of Space, Thessaloniki, 22-24 September 2005

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