Kalliopi Stara

I was born and raised in Ioannina, speeding long periods also in my family house in Zagori, Epirus, Greece. I hold a degree in Psychology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 1992), a master's degree in Ecology (University of Wales, Bangor, 2001) and a PhD in Folk Studies (University of Ioannina, 2009). I have worked a lot in Northern Pindos National Park and especially in Zagori. My MSc thesis (2001) is entitled: The impact of perceived land-use values on biodiversity conservation in the Vikos - Aoos National Park, Papingo, Greece. School of Biological Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor, UK (supervisor Jennifer Wong). My PhD thesis (2009) is entitled: Sacred woods and groves in the Vikos-Aoos National Park, NW Greece. Locally adapted management systems, perceptions and values of local societies for the conservation of their natural environment. Faculty of Folklore/Department of History and Archaeology, University of Ioannina, Greece (supervisor Vassilis Nitsiakos).

I have started my carrier in 1993 designing and implemented environment education projects and public awareness campaigns for urban and protected areas and species. In the meanwhile, (1994-1995) I also worked with the research team of social anthropologist Eleonora Skouteri-Didaskalou (AUTH) as ethnographer in West Macedonia, Greece. My ethnographic occupation led my thinking on ways to incorporate local cosmologies and values in nature conservation. I further penetrated such issues in my MSc and PhD studies and I continue working on the scientific fields of Ethnoecology, Environmental History, Cultural Ecology, Environmental Education and Conservation. I lecture such issues since 2014 in an interdisciplinary audience in summer schools (e.g. Konitsa Summer School, Summer School in Conservation Biology and since 2016 in the undergraduate students of the Department of Biological Applications and Technology (BAT) of the University of Ioannina, Greece. I have authored more than 30 scientific papers, book chapters and environmental education books and I have participated in conferences and workshop presenting more than 50 oral or poster papers. I also work in project INCREdible - Innovation Networks for Cork, Resins and Edibles in the Mediterranean basin as national coordinator of wild mushrooms and truffles network.

I am member of the Task Force on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas of the IUCN and secretary of the board of PALASE field station of the University of Ioannina.  

My work contributes to the global interdisciplinary dialogue concerning Sacred Natural Sites and specially sacred forests, as locally adapted management systems or trees, Local Ecological Knowledge, Nature conceptualizations, and the Humans-Nature relationship.

Except of papers, books chapters and reports I have recently published my first children book “The tree of our small word” (Arteon, 2019) that tells the story of a veteran tree that used to live in a church yard in a small village up in the Greek mountains.


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Kalliopi Stara