Anastasia Garyfallou

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Anastasia Garyfallou studied Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She obtained her research master's 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 among political generations in the Greek financial crisis. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Sociology department at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her PhD project “Citizens Talking Crisis Politics: Perceptions of Crises and Political Strategies in Greece and Germany”, examines people’s notions of crisis, democracy, and political strategy in two countries that highlight Europe’s asymmetrical political environment. During her studies, Anastasia learned to synthesize diverse theoretical insights from Psychology, Sociology and Political Science, and explore qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Anastasia’s research interests include critical junctures, democracy, and political participation (movement and party).

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Anastasia Garyfallou is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Her comparative PhD project “Citizens Talking Crisis Politics: Perceptions of Crises and Political Strategies in Greece and Germany” is embedded in the ERC-POLPART (http://www.polpart.org/), investigating interactions between party and movement politics in nine countries (Principal Investigator Prof Bert Klandermans). Anastasia’s project examines how Greek and German citizens experience the crises that erupted in Europe since 2010 – financial, immigration, and political – and their political strategies in the movement and party arena to address these problem-areas. It explores the relationship between the two publics (solidarity or competition) and their constructions of Europe. In a period during which citizens were excluded in many ways from the politics of crisis management, the project investigates whether crises' perceptions and political strategies are in line with elite claims, or challenge moderately/radically the political establishment. The project comprises of quantitative (surveys) and qualitative (focus groups) methods, as to capture broad political trends in Greece and Germany, and provide plausible explanations for these processes from the citizens’ point of view.

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