Dr Nikolaos D. Hasanagas is currently Head of the Forest Office of the University Forest in Pertouli, a unit of the University Forest Administration, Greece. He has also worked at the National Forest Service as a forest officer responsible for land use analysis and designation.
He obtained an MSc equivalent in Forestry and Natural Environment from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, an MA in Social Sciences (Sociology, Political Science and Ethnology) from the University of Goettingen, Germany, and a PhD in Forest-Environmental Policy Analysis (using quantitative social network analysis) also from the University of Goettingen.
He has carried out post-doctoral research in policy analysis and the sociology of hunting at the National Agriculture Research Institute (Forest Research Institute), Greece. His research activity has mainly focused on the application of quantitative social network analysis and theory of organized interests in forest-environmental policy arena.
He has been research and teaching staff at the University of Goettingen in subjects relevant to forest-environmental policy analysis and the Europeanization of forest-environment issues and regional development; at Kavala Institute of Technology and Alexander Institute of Technology of Thessaloniki in subjects relevant to forest policy analysis, forest and environmental law, ethics, landscape sociology, spatial planning issues, rural sociology, European integration, and agricultural training; and at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in subjects relevant to quantitative social network analysis and complexity.
Nikolaos has published numerous monographs, textbooks and articles in international academic journals as well as practical-oriented surveys and analyses at the Greek Ministry of Environment. He has been a reviewer and a member of editorial boards of academic journals and of scientific and organizing committees of conferences.
He has been a member of the scientific group for the evaluation of CAP/rural development policy at the Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food, and he has also received invitations from agencies and scientific institutions for talks and cooperations.
In the framework of interdisciplinary cooperation, he has also had the opportunity of contributing to a wide range of social sciences research issues (such as sociology of education, leadership, etc.) using quantitative social network analysis and other quantitative methods.
His research interests include forest-environmental policy analysis, quantitative social network analysis, rural development, and landscape sociology.