Fouli Papageorgiou is the Managing Director and Partner of PRISMA Centre for Development Studies, based in Athens. She is a qualified architect since 1969, and holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Studies from the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham, UK. She has been a University teacher and researcher from 1970 to 1985 in the Technical University of Athens, School of Architecture, and in the Universities of Aston in Birmingham, Leeds and Edinburgh in the UK. She worked in the Economic Office of the Prime Minister of Greece between 1985 and 1989 as a special advisor for quality of life and environmental policy. Through her current position she has been involved in a large number of integrated local development studies, structure plans and regional plans, mostly in rural areas. She has also accumulated substantial experience on management and evaluation of EU Programmes and Initiatives and on transnational coordination of EU projects. She is a member and ex-President of ECOVAST, the European Council for the Village and Small Town.