Our Organization: Who we are

The Center for the Study of Crime (CESC) is and civil non-profit association that advances public understanding of crime and criminal justice, established in Athens, Greece in January 2015. The purpose of the Center is scientific and developmental and in no way profitable. CESC, according to its statute, is administrated by a six-member Executive Board consisted of legal and social scientists specialized in the field of criminology and penal law. Its mission is to conduct criminological research and provide policy makers, academics and the public at large with authoritative information and substantiated criminal policy recommendations, to contribute to the development of evidence-based responses to major criminological challenges. Through diverse, inclusive and durable collaborations, we work to advance knowledge of crime and criminal justice, to champion evidenced and just policy and practice, and to support good legislation.

The five axes constituting our job: research, training, intervention, lobbying and advocacy

CESC’ s expertise spans over a wide range of  areas: Criminological Research, Criminal Policy, Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Penology, Victimology, Juvenile delinquency, Forensic Psychology, Crime & Media etc.

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Regular Experts & Associates

Regular experts and associates of the Center may be criminologists, sociologists, forensic psychologists, psychologists, social anthropologists, penologists, journalists and practitioners.


Our members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency.

The members of the Center are distinguished in Regular and Honorary:

Regular: Regular membership can be acquired by written request to the Board of Directors (applicants may attach their curriculum vitae) for adults wishing to participate in the work of the Center. The decision is taken by a majority of the Board of Directors.

Honorary: The Board of Directors may announce honorary members who have made great contributions to the field of criminology or the Center itself. The proposal to the Board of Directors must be made in writing by 2 members of the Center.

Board of Directors

Dionysis Chionis


Dionysis Chionis is a lawyer (Supreme Court), member of the Athens Bar Association, with an LL.M. in Criminology from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Law.

Dr Fotios Spyropoulos


Fotios Spyropoulos holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Law and Criminology from the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Western Attica. He also teaches at Western University as well as at the Greek Open University.

Dr Anastasia Chalkia

Secretary General

Anastasia Chalkia is a sociologist and holds a Ph.D. and a MA in criminology from the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. She is course coordinator and instructor at the interdepartmental MSc in Media and Refugee and Migration Flows (National Kapodistrian University & University of the Aegean).

Martha Lempesi


Director of the Center for the Study of Crime (CESC), Sociologist BA – Social Researcher, Criminologist MA, Phd. Candidate of Criminology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Department of Mass Media and Communication

Evangelia Androulaki


Evangelia Androulaki is an experienced lawyer, member of Athens Bar Association, and specializes on Criminal Law. She has graduated from Athens Law School (Greece) and holds and master’s degree on Criminology (distinction) from Panteion University (Greece).

Antonia Kastrinaki


Antonia Kastrinaki is a social anthropologist with a MA in Criminology from Panteion University (Greece).