Vassilis Arapoglou is associate professor at the department of sociology of the University of Crete. Initially trained as an economist (Athens University of Economics) he obtained an M.Sc. in European social policy, and PhD in human geography from the London School of Economics. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on urban sociology, urban development and social policy at the National Technical University of Athens, University of the Aegean, University of Thessaly. Since 2003 he has been a tutor at the Greek Open University. He has also been visiting research fellow at the Hellenic Observatory- European Insitute LSE (UK), the OpenSpace Research Centre (Open University UK), and research associate of the Greek National Centre for Social Research, the Labor Institute of the Greek National Confederation of Labor (Athens), the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (Athens), the Immigration Policy Institute (Athens).
His research and publications focus on the urban aspects of social inequalities and poverty, migration and residential segregration, urban, housing and social integration policies in comparative perspective. His recent book “Contested Landscapes of Poverty and Homelessness in Southern Europe: Reflections from Athens” (Palgrave 2017) is based on research undertaken with the support of Hellenic Observatory and the National Bank of Greece. He has served as editor of European Urban and Regional Studies. He is member of editorial board of the Social Atlas of Athens, the administrative board of the University of Crete Research Centre for the Humanities, the Social and Education Sciences (UCRC), the Social Sciences Sectorial Scientific Committee of the Greek National Council for Research and Innovation. His current research focuses on the changing geography of precarity and on the integration of refugees in Greek cities.