Maria Kousis (PhD, University of Michigan, 1984) is Professor of Sociology (Development and the Environment) at the University of Crete. She has been Chair of the Sociology Department (2002–6), Director of the MSc and PhD programme (2004–8) and Vice-Director of the MSc in Bioethics since 2010. She was co-ordinator 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. Recent publications include Social Aspects of the Crisis in Greece (co-edited with S. Zambarloukou, Pedio Press 2014, in Greek); Contested Mediterranean Spaces (co-edited with T Selwyn and D Clark, Berghahn Books 2011). Her areas of specialisation focus on social change, social movements and contentious politics, environmental politics, bioethics and society and Southern Europe. She is currently partner in the FP7, EC project LIVEWHAT (http://www.livewhat.unige.ch) and co-ordinator of the Greek team in the bi-national project ‘The Greeks, the Germans and the Crisis’ (ggcrisi.edu) (Freie Universität Berlin and University of Crete).