Despina was born in Athens, Greece. She works as a freelance researcher in sustainable water management while also being involved in various international projects in the sector. She studied chemical engineering and holds a master’s degree in Environment and Development. In parallel, she has qualified in Education and Teaching Competence and trained in Special Education.
The interdisciplinary character of her academic background gives her the opportunity to examine the importance of environmental education as a process that allows individuals to explore environmental issues. Being involved in mainly technical and scientific oriented projects in the field of sustainable water management, Despina spotted the emergence of an holistic approach that combines social and cultural aspects with the active engagement of community members.
Her START project Our Drops aims to bring together cultural and ecological aspects of water in Greek islands. Keen to explore the water management practices of local communities that have ‘been vanished’ over the years, and their relation with the cultural heritage of a place, Despina’s engagement in the 2019 fellowship program marked the opening of an effective path towards the realization of her vision.