ESR2: Exploring the contribution of CWS in processes of social innovation in rural and peripheral areas; a comparative study between Greece and Germany

Host: European Creative Hubs Network, Athens-Greece, Supervisors: Vassilis Charalambidis (ECHN), Vasilis Avdikos (Panteion)

1 PhD position, full-time

Duration: September 2021 – August 2024

The goal of this ESR project is to explore the networks and practices of coworkers in CWS in rural and peripheral areas towards the investigation of social innovation processes that affect communities of practice inside the collaborative spaces, but also outside of them (local communities); using two towns as cases studies in Greece and Germany, and qualitative methodology.

The fellow will be integrated in the PhD program of the Department of Economic and Regional Development in Panteion University.

Secondments are foreseen at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space-IRS, Erkner, Germany and the Saxon Association of Cultural & Creative Industries, Dresden, Germany


  • Development of theoretical and conceptual framework of the study
  • Design of case studies approach and data collection
  • Comparative (meta) analyses of case studies
  • Knowledge synthesis, development of conceptual models, discussion and policy relevance


  • Masters’ degree in social sciences, geography or another discipline corresponding to the topic of the project
  • good knowledge of qualitative methodologies
  • fluency in English,
  • Greek and/or German language skills will be an asset 
  • good knowledge of IT-based communication tools
  • readiness to participate in secondments, conferences and workshops
  • excellent communication skills
  • strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and in working in a cooperative and flexible team environment

The fellow should contribute to the outreach of the project, especially by:

  • Elaborating a PhD thesis
  • Active participation in progressing the ITN’s publications (WP monographs, journal articles)
  • Active participation in scientific conferences, policy workshops etc. at national and EU level
  • Participation in media communication, in the development of a web-based glossary, in creating video clips and podcasts and in disseminating project information at the EU level using the European Commissions’ communication tools  

For further information you may contact:

Assistant Prof. Vasilis Avdikos,

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 955907.