Professor Dr Maria Kousis (PhD. in Sociology, the University of Michigan 1984) is the principal investigator for the Greek team. She is Professor of Sociology (Development and the Environment) at the University of Crete and served as its Chair (2002-06), Director of the MSc & Ph.D. program (2004-2008), while she is the vice-director of the MSc in Bioethics since 2010. She was coordinator of the EC DGXII project “Grassroots Environmental Action & Sustainable Development in the Southern European Union” and partner in EC projects including TEA, PAGANINI, and MEDVOICES; currently she is head of the Greek team in the EC FP7 project LIVEWHAT (2013-16). Publications include 10 edited volumes/books/special issues, and 55 articles/book chapters; e.g. Contested Mediterranean Spaces (co-editors T. Selwyn and D. Clark, Berghahn Books, 2011), and Mediterranean Political Processes in Historical-Comparative Perspective (co-editors C. Tilly, and R. Franzosi, American Behavioral Scientist 2008). Her areas of specialization focus on Social Change, Social Movements & Contentious Politics, Environment, Bioethics & Society, and Southern Europe.