Anastasia Garyfallou is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Her project “Perceptions of Europe's Crises and Citizens' Political Participation in Greece and Germany” is embedded in the ERC - POLPART (http://www.polpart.org/), supervised by Prof. Bert Klandermans (investigating party and movement politics’ interactions in 9 countries). Anastasia’s project examines how citizens in Greece and Germany experience the current European crises – namely financial, political, and refugee – and investigates citizens’ political repertoires to cope with these crises. Do they take to the streets? Do they vote in elections? Do they strategically engage in both party and movement politics? Or do they abstain from the political sphere altogether? And why? What type of justifications do citizens provide for these choices? Furthermore, how do they evaluate democracy in times of crisis? What problems do citizens identify with the current democratic model in these two societies, and do they envision another democratic model? The project comprises of both qualitative (focus groups) and quantitative methods (surveys), as to combine in depth analyses of citizens’ experiences of these crises with survey data, expanding the focus of comparison in time and space.
Anastasia Garyfallou studied Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She obtained her research master degree in Social Psychology (cum laude) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2013. In her master’s thesis, she examined political trust and evaluations of democracy in the Greek crisis. She’s currently a PhD candidate at the Sociology department of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her PhD project “Perceptions of Europe's Crises and Citizens’ Political Participation in Greece and Germany”, focuses on the protagonists of Europe’s crises and their political strategies in space and time. Anastasia’s research interests are contentious politics, social movements, political participation, and democracy.
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