My name is Konstantinos Gourzis and I am a PhD student at the department of Geography, University of the Aegean. Having earned an undergraduate degree in Urban Planning and a postgraduate in Economic Geography, my main research interests pertain to urban and uneven development and local labour control regimes. My PhD research seeks to examine the underlying gentrification tendencies in the capital metropolitan area of Athens vis-à-vis the shifting essence of labour therein, in the form of underemployment, precarity and gig economy practices expansion; at the epicenter of the above, lies the articulation mechanism that brings together gentrification, flexibilization, and land values fluctuations. The objectives become more relevant counting in the ongoing Greek debt crisis, severely affecting the economic base of Athens and distorting urban regeneration patterns. The Fulbright Scholarships program constitutes a perfect opportunity for me to study the above in the acclaimed Geography Department at the University of Georgia, and specifically, to proceed with an empirical evaluation of my findings under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Herod. I expect the experience gained through the program to be invaluable in my future research endeavors and wider pursuits in the realm of academia!
University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Lesvos
University of Georgia, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Athens