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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Ourania Papasozomenou

Postdoctoral Researcher
Public policy as reason-giving process and human action as based on settled beliefs


  • Public policy and institutional change
  • Environmental governance
  • Classical institutional economics


"What intrigues me is finding out the reasons for collective human action. Collective action undertaken at the present effectively shapes the institutional set-up of tomorrow. These decisions (for example which policies to advocate for) are predicated on our vision -belief- of the future we want to live in. I hold that public policy process is a reason-giving arena for possible futures." Ourania Papasozomenou

Rania was a postdoctoral researcher at IRI THESys. She studied Environmental Science in the University of the Aegean and Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She finished her PhD in Agricultural Sciences, looking at water governance in the Greek island complex Cyclades.

Since 1st of July 2016 Rania worked at the Urban Rain Project (Urban Rainwater Harvesting from Niche to Mainstream: Challenges and Opportunities for Planning), led by Prof. Timothy Moss.

THESys Projects

Selected Publications

Gillard, R., Papasozomenou, O. and Stenslie, E. (2015). The Power of Ideas in Institutional Change: The Green Economy and Biodiversity Setting in the UK. Ιn Vatn, A. (Ed.) Student Papers. Thor Heyerdahl Summer School in Environmental Governance. Vol.3. Aas, Norway: Norwegian University of Life Sciences​ (NMBU), pp. 62-79.

Papasozomenou R. (2010),“Environmental perceptions and their role in decision-making: a case in the Republic of Cyprus", submitted for the Conference on Multi-level Governance of Natural Resources in a Multi-level Context, Leipzig, Germany, 19-22 January 2010.

Papasozomenou R. and Zikos D., (2009), Perceptions and their role in Water Management: a Study in Cyprus", in Mastorakis N., Helmis C., Papageorgiou D.C., Bulucca A. and Panagopoulos T. (eds), Energy, Environment, Ecosystems, Development & Landscape Architecture , WSEAS Press, pp. 268-273.