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Irianna Vlachopoulou

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social Scientist
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The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Irianna is a social scientist in governance and institutional analysis working in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group.

She has a background in environmental and marine sociology, natural resource management, environmental sustainability and international political economy. Before she joined the Institute, Irianna conducted two years of research at Yokohama National University, Japan, and the Japan Fisheries and Education Agency funded by the Postgraduate Scholarship of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) working on fisheries co-management. She has received her PhD in Sociology from the University of the Aegean, Greece, studying social aspects of community fish stock management. Previously, she received a Master’s degree in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, UK, and a Bachelor’s degree in International and European Economic Studies from Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece.

Currently, her research focuses on the governance of small-scale farming and the role of relevant institutions for the increased importance of small-scale farm food production for food and nutrition security, social and community cohesion and resilience to global change.

Current research interests

SALSA - Small Farms, Small Food Businesses and Sustainable Food Security

The Horizon 2020 project (H2020 – 677363) aims to provide a better understanding of the current and potential contribution of small farms and food businesses to sustainable food and nutrition security. It pioneers a novel integrated multi-method approach in 30 regions in Europe and Africa, using the most recent satellite technologies, transdisciplinary approaches, food systems mapping and participatory foresight analysis.

RESAS Research Programme (2016-2021) Scottish Rural Industries response to changes - Work package 2.4.2: Agricultural restructuring and farm diversification

This project involves qualitative and quantitative analysis of the uptake of innovative and diversification activities at the farm level in response to changes such as the CAP reforms or the Brexit as well as the global engagement of farmers.


  • Matsuda, H.; Makino, M.; Vlachopoulou, E.I. (2018) Local knowledge and the Shiretoko World Natural Heritage: Shiretoko fishers and researchers., In: Sato, T. & Kikuchi, N. (eds.). Transdisciplinary Local Environment Studies: Co-creating Knowledge Base for Societal Transformation Toward Sustainability. Tokyo University Press, Tokyo. (in Japanese).
  • Mizuta, D.D.; Vlachopoulou, E.I. (2017) Satoumi concept illustrated by sustainable bottom-up initiatives of Japanese Fisheries Cooperative Associations., Marine Policy, 78, 143-149.
  • Vlachopoulou, E.I.; Makino, M. (2017) The path to sustainable fisheries and the transformative impact of the Shiretoko World Natural Heritage Site., In: Armitage, D., Charles, A. & Berkes, F. (eds). Governing the Coastal Commons: Communities, Resilience and Transformation. Routledge, New York and London.
  • Vlachopoulou, E.I.; Makino, M.; Matsuda, H. (2014) Fisheries vs marine conservation: Lessons learned from the Shiretoko World Natural Heritage Site., Roczniki Socjologii Morskieej : Annuals of Marine Sociology, 23, 36-43.
  • Vlachopoulou, E.I.; Wilson, A.M.; Miliou, A. (2013) Disconnects in EU and Greek fishery policies and practices in the eastern Aegean Sea and impacts on Posidonia oceanica meadows., Ocean and Coastal Management, 76, 105-113.

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