Agricultural University of Athens
SECRETARY GENERAL OF AGRICULTURAL POLICY AND MANAGEMENT OF EUROPEAN FUNDS
Charalambos Kasimis, is Professor of Rural Sociology at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of the Agricultural University of Athens. He has served as the Head of the Department (2013-2014) and as the Director of the Postgraduate Studies MSc. Programme “Integrated Rural Development and Management of Rural Space” (2010-2014). Between September 2014 and March 2015 he was appointed as Deputy Rector of the Agricultural University of Athens Research of Greece. He resigned from this position when appointed by the government Secretary General of Agricultural Policy and Management of European Funds.
In the period 1986-2003 he served as a member of staff at the Department of Economics of the University of Patras (1986-2003) and as the Director of the Institute of Urban and Rural Sociology at the National Centre for Social (1995-2000).
He is currently the President of the European Society of Rural Sociology (2013-2015).
His research interests focus on issues of rural transformation and development in Greece, the Balkans and the Mediterranean region and more particularly on family farming, employment and rural community change. Migration and, more precisely, the implications of international migration on rural regions have become one of his main research topics in the past years. Recently, he has turned his interest in the study of the implications of the economic crisis upon the rural areas and the ‘return to the land’ movement in Greece.