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Our team


The Centre’s co-directors are four people who work on the basis of horizontality, consensus, and collective imagination. We have different backgrounds, experiences, and trajectories, which cross in Athens, where we are based.

Anna Carastathis (PhD in philosophy) is a political theorist. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from McGill University; her M.Sc. in Gender Studies from the University of the Aegean; and her B.A. (Honours) in Philosophy from the University of Alberta. Anna has worked in various institutions in Canada, the United States, and Greece and is currently a co-investigator in the TransCity project based at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. She is the author of Intersectionality: Origins, Contestations, Horizons (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), and co-author of Reproducing Refugees: Photographìa of a Crisis (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2020). Anna is a yoga practitioner (since 1999) and teacher (since 2013, certified by the Los Angeles Centre for Yoga) in community spaces. (Pronouns: she/her)

Anna is a co-director of FAC research and coordinates the Research Area Intersectionality: Critiques of Power and Coalitional Politics.


Myrto Tsilimpounidi (PhD in sociology) is a social researcher and photographer. They received their Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Sussex, her M.A. in critical global studies from the University of Exeter, and her B.Sc. in economics and development studies. Their research focuses on the interface between urbanism, culture, and innovative methodologies. Myrto is currently principal investigator of TransCity: Space, Gender, and Transitions in Athens, based at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. They are the author of Sociology of Crisis: Visualising Urban Austerity (Routledge, 2017); co-author of Reproducing Refugees: Photographia of a Crisis (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2020); and the co-editor of Remapping Crisis: A Guide to Athens (Zero Books, 2014) and Street Art & Graffiti: Reading, Writing & Representing the City (Routledge, 2017). Myrto is happy near the sea, and dreams of a feminist kite-surf collective. (Pronouns: she/they)

Myrto is a co-director of FAC research and coordinates the Research Area Sexualities and Genders: Queer and Transfeminist Perspectives.


Penny Travlou (PhD in cultural geography) is lecturer in cultural geography & theory in the Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh. She holds a PhD from the Department of Geography at Durham University. Her research focuses on social justice, the commons, collaborative practices, feminist technolog(ies), queer/feminist landscapes and ethnography. She has been involved in international research projects funded by the EU and UK Research Councils. Since 2011, she has been doing ethnographic research on collaborative practices in emerging networks (e.g. digital art practitioners, collaborative economy initiatives, translocal migrants); her most recent research is on cultural commons in Colombia. Alongside her academic work, Penny is an activist on social and spatial justice and the commons. She was a member of OneLoveKitchen, the African collective kitchen and the co-founder of Options FoodLab, a food-related project with/for refugees. (Pronouns: she/her)

Penny is a co-director of FAC research and coordinates the Research Area Space: Radical Perspectives on Urban Space and Design.


Carmen Zografou (MA in filmmaking) is a creative filmmaker and video producer. Embarking from a journalistic and communications background (with a B.A. in media and communications from the National University of Athens), she moved on to do an M.A. in filmmaking at Kingston University London. She has directed and produced short films and worked in various fiction films and documentaries. Most recently, she edited the documentary My Katines (2019) about the first Autonomous Women’s Group in Thessaloniki. She has a particular interest in exploring stories told from a feminist perspective and by filmmakers from various backgrounds and points of view. She believes that everyone should be able to express themselves through art, and the means to do it should be free and accessible. She has a kick for theatre, music, and performance art, and plays the piano, the guitar, and the bouzouki. (Pronouns: she/they)

Carmen is the Managing Director of FAC research and coordinates the Research Area Art As Research:  Visual, Performative, and Documentary Knowledges.


research coordinators

FAC’s research coordinators harmonise collaborations and organise projects for specific research areas.

Aila Spathopoulou (PhD in human geography) is a human geographer. She is currently based at the department of Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths University London. Aila completed her PhD dissertation (titled Moving to, Moving Back to the Border: Migrants’ Uneven Geographies in/to the Hotspot Regime Governing ‘Greece’) in Geography at King’s College University of London where she focused on processes of bordering and resistance through and against the hotspot regime in Greece. In January 2022, she will join the department of Geography at Durham University as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow where she will interrogate the spatio-temporalities of deportation across Europe in light of the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum. She is interested in understanding how so-called ‘migration management’ approaches, such as the ‘hotspot approach’, along with the reshaping of space and time, reconfigure peoples’ relationships with one another and with their own self. She is currently working on turning her PhD dissertation into a monograph through a reflection on how her own intimate relationships with people during the years of 2015-2019 were contained within the ‘refugee crisis’ script – a script that along with processes of ‘othering’, ‘welcomes’ performances of toxic masculinity – and on whether things could have turned out differently. (Pronouns: she/her)

Aila coordinates the Research Area Mobility: Migrations and Borders.

Lia Smaragda (MA in performance making) is a performance and visual artist. Her artistic practice involves performance art and self portrait photography/videography to explore themes of humour, cringe, political correctness, gender, and transfeminism. Lia received her MA in performance making from Goldsmiths College, University of London and her BA in photography and audiovisual arts from the University of West Attica. She has been training in painting and music since childhood, and later in dance. Lia was a core member of CUNTemporary, overseeing various aspects of the public programmes including stage management, technical coordination of conferences and exhibitions as well as DJing. They are a founding member of 34es queer arts collective and a member of Aptaliko music company. (Pronouns: she/they)

Lia coordinates the Research Area Art as Research: Visual, Performative, and Documentary Knowledges.


Deanna Dadusc (PhD in criminology and sociology) is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Brighton, where she teaches and researches on the criminalisation of migration and of practices of resistance to the border regime. She is also a member of the Watch the Med – Alarm Phone activist network, a hotline in solidarity with migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Deanna obtained a PhD in Criminology and Sociology in a co-tutelle between the University of Kent (UK) School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research, and the University of Utrecht (NL), Faculty of Law. Her PhD thesis is entitled The Micropolitics of Criminalisation: Power, Resistance, and the Amsterdam Squatting Movement. Deanna is currently co-authoring a book on Borders, Repression and Resistance: the criminalisation of migrants’ solidarity (with Eleni Dimou and Pierpaolo Mudu, Routledge, forthcoming). (Pronouns: she/her)

Deanna  coordinates the Research Area Mobility: Migrations and Borders.