Vasileia Digidiki is a social and forensic psychologist and a Harvard University Instructor. She earned her PhD in social psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds two master’s degrees, one in forensic psychology and one in social psychology. Digidiki completed her post-doc on child protection challenges in humanitarian crises at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
She currently leads the Center’s research on refugee and migrant child protection in the Mediterranean Basin, with a special focus on the sexual exploitation of refugee and migrant children. She has worked extensively on sex trafficking, victim and client blaming and its impact on re-victimization, and social attitudes towards the phenomenon. In collaboration with Fletcher School, in Tufts University, she also conducts research on religion identity and its impact on social integration.
Penny Travlou is a Lecturer in Cultural Geography and Theory in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), University of Edinburgh, UK. Her research focuses on the politics of public space, collaborative practices, spatial and social justice and ethnography. She has been involved in international research projects funded by the European Union and UK Research Councils.
She has presented her research in numerous academic conferences and non-academic events as well published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals. Alongside her academic work, Penny is an activist on urban commons and spatial justice and has been done work with/for refugees in Athens for the last 3 years. She has been an active member of the OneLoveKitchen, an African migrants’ collective pop-up kitchen and the co-founder of the Options FoodLab (options.limited), a food-related social enterprise and community for refugees’ integration in Athens.
Vasiliki S. Garopoulou is a Professor of Special-Adapted Physical Education & Sport Science and a Scientific Counselor of Neurorehabilitation and Medical Exercise. She holds two Postgraduate Diplomas on “Multiple Sclerosis” from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.Th) with scholarships for her excellent performance.
She has also been awarded a doctoral degree with full scholarship in the Laboratory of Developmental Medicine and Special Needs Education in collaboration with the 2nd Neurology Dept. of AHEPA University General Hospital of the A.U.Th Medical School. She completed her first post-doctoral degree at the A.U.Th Medical School in the field of Neurosciences and is currently working on her second post-doctoral research as a full scholarship researcher with the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) and P.D. thesis: Neurorehabilitation & Therapeutic Exercise in Multiple Sclerosis. She has participated as a scientific associate in research programs, implemented by the A.U.Th Medical School while at the same time she serves as scientific collaborator at the 1st Neurology Dept. of AHEPA University General Hospital. She has presented her research work at numerous scientific conferences, training seminars and academic and clinical events, and has publications in Greek and international peer-reviewed journals. She has been a Physical Education Specialist and she has served as a Special-Adapted Physical Education teacher both in 1st and 2nd grade Special Education Public Schools and also in the post-graduate training of Public IEK since 2004. She has been innovating as Head of Scientific Planning of Rehabilitation and Exercise programs for PwD at the A.U.Th University Gym. Finally, she has been an active board member and ambassador of GMSS to the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP) since 2005 in matters of rehabilitation.