Dimitris was trained as an economist and graduated from University of Piraeus, department of Statistics. He gradually moved to more socio-political and environmental themes by attending first a postgraduate course on Environmental Management in University of Liverpool, and then by completing a PhD in Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. Dimitris worked as a researcher on water governance issues and participatory procedures from 2000 to 2006 in the Institute for Urban Environment and Human Resources in Athens, Greece. During this period he acquired long experience in group facilitation, project management, organisation of workshops and conferences. Dimitris was also involved in the university courses by teaching environmental conflict resolution at postgraduate level.
Since 2006 Dimitris lives in Germany, employed initially by the Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS) in Berlin conducting research on the use of market instruments for water conservation and following by the Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig (UFZ) as postdoctoral researcher under the EU FP7 Marie Curie Training Network "GoverNat", where he built his current research curriculum. Since April 2010 Dimitris is employed by the Humboldt University, division of Resource Economics, in Berlin, where he coordinates the "Sustainable Hyderabad" and the "Promotion of Institutional Development for Common Pool Resources Management in Central Asia" projects. Since 2013 he teaches the course "Advanced Empirical Methodology for SES Analysis" in the MSc. Integrated Natural Resource Management at Humboldt University, Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture.