Born in Vlahokerasia, Arcadia, Greece in 1937, he was the second child of a five children family. His parents, Petros N. Petropoulos and Aimilia V. Patsilivas, were farmers. He finished the six-grade elementary school in Vlahokerasia. After a year of attendance in the Junior High School of Tripolis (B’ Gymnasium), he emigrated to the United States in 1951, where he completed his secondary education (Wheeling W.VA.). He obtained his B. Sc. Degree, in psychology, and his Master’s degree in social psychology from Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio). Finally, he obtained his Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in sociology and cultural anthropology, from the University of Kentucky (Lexington). His doctoral research focused on «social mobility, status inconsistency, ethnic marginality and the attitudes of Greek Americans toward Jews and Blacks”. The “subjects” of his study were second-generation Greek-Americans from Cincinnati, Ohio. Upon the completion of his doctoral studies, he taught sociology, social problems, intergroup relations and collective behavior courses in Midwestern Universities (Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio; Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky; and Indiana/Purdue University, Indianapolis) before his resettlement in Greece in 1979.
After his return to Greece, he worked for several years as a scientific adviser and a researcher in “The Secretariat for Greeks Abroad”, focusing principally on the re-integration of Greek emigrants. Between 1989 and 2006 when he retired, he worked as a Sociology Counselor in the Pedagogical Institute of Greece, Departments of Secondary Education, Research and Evaluation, where he was responsible for the development of the sociology curriculum in secondary education. The sociology book still used in Greek H.S. was written under his professional supervision.
In 1992, he established the Emergencies Research Center (ERC), a cross-disciplinary, non-profit scientific organization dealing with the social and psychological aspects of mass emergencies. During its 13 years of existence (1992-2005), ERC carried out research projects on the social impact of earthquakes, advised the federal government on the organization of civil protection, participated in bilateral research programs on earthquake mitigation, organized international workshops on psycho-social response in mass emergencies and supported the development of the disaster and social crisis research network in the European Sociological Association.
In his capacity as Counselor in "The Secretariat for Greeks Abroad", as Director of ERC and as Sociology Counselor of the Pedagogical Institute, he conducted and/or participated in several research projects. These projects were funded by the Council of Europe, the Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization of Greece, the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of Greece, the National Research Council of Turkey, the European Union Second Community Framework Support Program, and the EU Third Community Framework Support Program; they had as an object of research the following: migration, the social impact of 1993 and 1999 Greek earthquakes, EQ mitigation in large urban centers of Turkey and Greece, school violence and bullying, and the development of a multi-dynamic EQ education Center. The above research projects led to publication of several monographs and articles in the areas of migration, civil protection organization, the social impact of earthquakes, school violence (bullying) and earthquake public education.
Aside from his publications in other outlets, he also founded and edited journals and newsletters serving as an outlet to other scholars and researchers. He was founder and editor of the quarterly Journal of Hellenic Diaspora (1973-1979) before its transfer to Pella Publishers (N.Y.), founder and editor of the bilingual electronic Emergencies Bulletin of the Emergencies Research Center (ERC) and first editor of the “Disaster, Conflict and Social Crisis Research Network” electronic newsletter (1999-2005) (www.dcscrn.org).
A former member of the Executive Council of the National Center for Social Research (1982-1991), he has also served as a National Correspondent to OECD for migration movements (1985-1989, 1996-2001), as Greece’s Liaison Officer to the UN’s International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction(1994-1995) and as a chairperson of the Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization’s Committee on Civil Protection and Public Education (1985-1987, 1994-1996). In his capacity as national OECD correspondent, he submitted several annual reports in the English language on the status of migration in Greece.
He is a founding member and first President of the Hellenic Sociological Association (H.S.A.), a founding member of the European Sociological Association, a founding member and first Coordinator of the “Disaster and Social Crisis Research Network” (DSCRN) of the European Sociological Association (1999-2005) and a member of the Research Committee on Disasters of the International Sociological Association. He played a leading role in the founding of the H.S.A. and the DSCRN.
During the period 2000-2012, he was quite active in the organization of international conferences. In his capacity as Coordinator of the “Disaster and Social Crisis Research Network” (1999-2005), he organized several sessions in the context of the European Sociological Association biannual conference. In addition, he has organized three international conferences/workshops, in his capacity of Director of “Emergencies Research Centre” or adviser to the «DSCRN». The first one, “European Workshop on Psychosocial Response in Mass Emergencies” took place on 19-21 March 2004 (Higher School of Public Health, Athens) and was done in cooperation with the Belgian Ministry of Health; the second, “The TENTS-TP Program on Traumatic Stress: Train the Trainers Program” took place on 14-15 April 2011 (University Research Institute for Mental Health, Athens, Greece) and was done in cooperation with The European Network for Traumatic Stress (TENTS). The third, “The Debt Crisis in the Eurozone: Social Impacts” took place on 13-14 September 2012 (Lesvos, Greece) was organized in cooperation with the Department of Sociology of the University of the Aegean.
In recent years (2012 and afterwards), he has continued his professional activities, by participating in the European Sociological Association conferences and also publishing the 2012 Lesvos midterm Conference proceedings (“The Debt Crisis in the Eurozone: Social Impacts”, 2014). In addition, he took a leading role in the founding of the “Hellenic Society for Psychosocial Intervention in Mass Disasters and Emergencies” (2013) and is a member of its Board. Finally, during the last 5 years he devoted most of his time in the development of the Vlahokerasia Digital Museum. The rest of his time he spends with his daughter, Evaggelia, teaching her computer and preparing her for the English proficiency examinations.
Nikos P. Petropoulos
Publications and Conference Proceedings (Selection)
Books (As principal author/editor)
-Research Program on Greek Emigration and Return Migration, Vol. B, Return Migration, 1971-1985: The Results of the Microcensus, 1985-1986 (With N. Pantazidis, A. Siapkaras, E. Giannakopoulou and H. Argyropoulos). General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad, Athens, 1992, 226 pp. (In Greek).
-The 1999 Attica Earthquake: Self-Evaluation and Proposals of Agencies for the Organization of Civil Protection, (In collaboration with A. Zisiadis, K. Ioannidis, T. Papadopoulos & D. Pyrros), Emergencies Research Center/Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization, Athens Greece, December 2003, 532 pp. (In Greek).
- Forms of Aggression, Violence and Protest in Greek Schools: Causal Factors and Consequences (with A. Papastylianou), Pedagogical Institute of Greece, Athens, 2000, 246 pp. (in Greek).
-The Debt Crisis in the Eurozone: Social Impacts (with George O. Tsobanoglou), Cambridge Scholars Publishing Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2014, 541 pp. (For flyer and excerpts, see hyperlink at the end of the CV).
Articles in professional Journals
-"The Relationship of Externality (fatalism) to the Adjustment and Attitudes of Indian Students toward the U.S.," Journal of General and Applied Psychology, Vol. I, No. 2, 1968, pp. 9-23.
-"Prejudice: the Status Politics of Vice President Spiro Agnew," International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Vol. 2, No. 2, 1978, pp. 225-247.
-"Religion and Prejudice Among Greek Americans," The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 18, No. 1, 1979, pp. 68-77(For the article, see hyperlink at the end of the CV)
-“Theories of Social Problems and their Policy Implications: A Critical Analysis,” Review of Social Research, Vol. 69, 1988, pp. 47-75 (In Greek).
-"Disaster Behavior Research in Greece: Review and Prospects," International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters," Vol. 6, No. 2, Aug. 1988, pp. 169-183(For the article, see hyperlink at the end of the CV)
-“Social and Psychological Dimensions of EQ Prediction: Perceptions and Behaviors of the Residents of Pyrgos and Patras, Review of Social Research, National Center for Social Research, Vol. 95 A’ 1998 (In Greek). (For the article, see hyperlink at the end of the CV)
_"Background and Sojourn Factors in the Foreign Language Skills of Greek Return Migrants," Mentor, Vol., 1999, pp. 114-140. (For the article, see hyperlink at the end of the CV)
Papers presented in professional meetings
-"Emergency Planning and Social Research in Greece: The Case of Earthquake Predictions," Paper presented at the 13th World Congress of Sociology, Bielefeld, Germany, 18-23.7.1994 .
-“Protest and Violence in Greek Schools, with special reference to Upper Secondary Schools,” Paper accepted for Presentation at the American Sociological Association 95th Annual Convection, Washington, D.C., August 12-16, 2000 (For the paper see hyperlink at the end of the CV).
-“The Impact of the August-September 1999 Earthquakes on Greco-Turkish Relations: An Exploratory Study”, Paper presented at the 5th European Sociological Association Conference, Helsinki, Finland, August 28-September 1, 2001.
A Preliminary Sociological Profile of the Greeks Arrested for Participation in the “17th of November Revolutionary Organization”. Paper presented at the 6th European Sociological Association Conference, 23-27 September 2003 (For the paper, see hyperlink at the end of the CV).
-“The Athens 1999 Earthquake: Some Key Findings and Proposals for the Protection of Urban Centers”, Paper Presented at the 1st Athens Meeting of the Greek-Turkish bilateral Project, “Comparative Methodologies Development for Comprehensive Urban Earthquake Mitigation Intervention: The Cases of Istanbul and Athens”, The Faculty of Geology, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, 4-8 February 2004.
-“The Athens 1999 Earthquake: Some Key Findings and Proposals with Regard to Search and Rescue Activities”, Paper presented at the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Management International Working Conference, “Education & Training in Disaster Medicine and Major Incident Management”, Brussels, 29-31 October 2004.
Website publications (Monographs)
The Odyssey of FYROM’S Name: Historical, Cultural and Political Economic Dimensions, Emergencies Research Center website (www.erc.gr). Athens 2008, 200 pp. (The website has been abolished. The Monograph may be acquired electronically, free of charge, upon request)
The Distomo Slaughter: Memory, Politics and the Struggle for Closure (Working Document), Emergencies Research Center website (www.erc.gr), Athens 2010. 61 pp. (In English) (The Website is no longer in operation. For the document, see hyperlink at the end of the CV).
Samples of his work:
1. Articles – Books
2. Conference and website publications
 The Chapter on “Socialization and Social Control” includes a photograph from a theatrical performance by the students of the Vlahokerasia Junior High School (p. 61).
 The project, with the code name «Seismopolis” established a multi-dynamic public information center for earthquakes which included a shake table, a virtual reality room and other electronic/conventional information materials
 Articles written by Nikos P. Petropoulos and which deal with various issues pertaining to Vlahokerasia (e.g. census of Vlahokerasiotes, the 1992 Reunion, a program plan for the association, and the folk museum) can be found in the newspaper archives of the “Voice of our Village” (Vol. B’) digitalized byAngelos Bistolas for use by the VDM visitors.
 During the 10th ESA conference in Geneva, the title of the “Disaster and Social Crisis Research Network” (DSCRN) was changed to “Disaster, Conflict and Social Crisis Research Network” (DCSCRN) following a proposal by the undersigned (Its new website is: www.dcscrn.org).