Sofia Alexia Papazafeiropoulou



Sofia Alexia Papazafeiropoulou

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National Technical University of Athens


Humanities, Social Sciences and Law


Postdoctoral researcher


82 Xenofontos St., Kallithea, Athens

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Short biography

Sofia-Alexia Papazafeiropoulou is a post-doctoral researcher at the National Technical University of Athens, where she also teaches History and Sociology of Technology.

Her PhD thesis, titled as “Car Culture and road networks in Greece from 1930 to 1980” was conducted at the NTUA (2009 – 2015), granted by Heraclitus Scholarship (co-funded by the Greek government and the European Union). She received her Master Degree on Epistemology from the University of Athens on 2006. Her first degree has been on History and Archaeology (University of Athens, 2002).

Her research interests include Mobility, STS, Consumption and Material Culture, Gender and Technology. She has participated in research projects on Historiography as well as on History of Technology, at both the University of Athens and at the National Technical University of Athens. She has presented parts of my research in international conferences, workshops and summer schools (Tensions of Europe, International Committee of the History of Technology, International Association for Traffic, Transport and Mobility). She has also made publications in Greek and international journals and collective volumes.

Recent publications

Technology, Mobiity and Space. The Greek Automobility, 1940 – 1980, Ypsilon, Athens 2018 (in Greek)

“The Aspropyrgos Industry from the beginning of the 20th century up to the first postwar decades”, in G. Giannikopoulos (ed.), The industrial history of Aspropyrgos, Alexandros, Athens 2018 (in Greek)

Acharnai, Aspects of the Municipality and the City History, Alexandros, Athens 2018 (in Greek)

Automobility and Tinkering Cultures in Twentieth History Europe” (entry in LabEx. Écrire une Histore Nouvelle de l’ Europe,

Technology for Travelling Pleasures and Experiences: Transportation and the Construction of Post-war Greece as a Tourist Destination” (co-authored with K. Vattes and K. Zacharopoulou) in A. Tympas – S. Arapostathis (ed.), History of Technology (Special Issue: History of Technology in Greece, from the Early 19th to 21st Century), Vol. 33, 2017, p. 299-326

“The Affirmation of Semi-periphery: A Case Study on Greek Automobility, 1930 – 2000”, in M. Moraglio – S. Fari (ed.), Peripheral Flows. A Historical Perspective on Mobilities Between Cores and Fringes, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, Newcastle, 2016, p. 28 – 50 

Technology Users as Empirically-trained Mechanics: Assembly and Decoration of Improvised Vehicles in Greece during and after World War II”, ICON Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology, 18 (2012): p. 157 – 178

Role in Tensions of Europe

Participant, Early Career Network

Research interests

Migration, Mobilty, Waste and Reuse, Environment, Financial Crises