Maria Stratigaki is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Policy of Panteion University teaching on gender, social policy and gender equality policies. She served as the Secretary General for Gender Equality at the Hellenic Ministry of Interior (2009-2012). From 1991 to 1999 she worked at the European Commission on equal opportunities between women and men (DG EMPL). Furthermore, during her professional career she has also been the General Director of the Research Centre of Gender Equality- KETHI (1999-2002) and the Centre for Gender Studies of Panteion University (2007-2009).
Maria Stratigaki has coordinated European research projects on gender, migration and women’s entrepreneurship. She was scientific coordinator of the project Gender Studies in Social and Political Sciences at Panteion University (www.genderpanteion.gr) and scientific responsible of the European (FP7) research projects: GeMIC: Gender, migration and intercultural interaction in the South East Europe (www.gemic.eu) and MIG@NET: Migration, Gender and Digital Networks (www.mignetproject.eu/).
Maria Stratigaki is the author of academic articles and policy reports on gender equality, gender mainstreaming, immigration and social inclusion. She has published in Social Politics, the European Journal of Women’s Studies, Les Cahiers du Genre. She is the author of The Gender of Social Policy, (2007) and has edited the collective volume Gender Equality Policies: European guidelines and national practice (2008) (both in Greek). She has given numerous conference presentations and has participated in High Level Groups, Committees and Working Groups in European and International level. In 2012 Stratigaki was the Chair of the European Commission’s Advisory Committee on Gender Equality, as well in 2003, and the vice Chair of the same Committee in 2002.
Maria Stratigaki has studied economics and sociology in Athens, New York and Paris.