Sofia AlexopoulouTitle: Doctoral Student School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
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About Sofia Alexopoulou
Sofia Alexopoulou is a doctoral student in political science at Örebro University. She works at the interdisciplinary research school Successful ageing, which focuses ageing over the entire life cycle and from many different perspectives. With increased longevity, older persons will constitute an ever larger group in society. It is therefore important to examine the conditions for healthy ageing and how older people can contribute to society.
Sofia Alexopoulou’s doctoral thesis discusses the digital divide in Sweden and Greece. The digital divide is a wide-spread social and public problem, referring to older people’s lack of access to and limited use of digital networks via computers. The countries selected for her study display major differences in the digital divide. The aim of the thesis is to understand how the two countries have formed their policies, within the framework of EU policies for the field, to manage problems ensuing from the digital divide. To meet this aim, the processes that have shaped the national policies are examined. Her supervisors are Thomas Denk, Joachim Åström and Martin Karlsson.
Sofia comes from Athens and was awarded her Bachelor’s degree at the Kapodistrian University of Athens where she was a student at the Department of Political Sciences and Public Administration. She then pursued further studies at the same university, leading to a Master’s degree in State and Public Policy. Sofia also has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht University, Netherlands, having received a state scholarship from Greece. In addition to these degrees, Sofia is also a graduate of the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA) in Greece. A recipient of EU funding, the centre was founded in 1983 with the mission to develop, streamline and improve Greek public services.
Her academic interests include public administration and public policy, European affairs, and social policy.
Sofia Alexopoulou is a member of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), an independent scholarly organisation of political scientists from leading universities across around 50 countries.