Nikos E. Papadakis (ΒΑ, ΜΑ, ΜΑ, PhD) is a Professor and former Head of the Department of Political Science, at the University of Crete. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Academy of Globalization and Education Policy (AGEP) of the Zhengzhou University (ZZU), China. Further, he is a Member of the Scientific Board of the National Centre of Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA) of Greece, while he is the Director of the Centre for Training and Life Long Learning of the University of Crete (KEDIVIM- UoC). In addition, he is the Honorary President of the Hellenic Association of Political Scientists (HAPSc), and a member of the Standing Group of the ECPR Political Culture Research Network. Until recently (1/9/2016-30/11/2021) he was the Deputy Director of the UCRC, namely the University of Crete Research Center for the Humanities, the Social and Education Sciences. Additionally, he is the Director of the Centre for Political Research and Documentation (KEPET) at the Department of Political Science. He was an International Expert at the ETF (“Skills & VET Governance” project/ 2015- 2018), while he was a Special Adviser to the European Commission (2011 -2013) and he has participated in the European Commission Education & Training Coordination Group (ETCG/2006-2010), as well as the Advisory Board of the UNDP/ RCPAR (Regional Centre for Public Administration Reform/ 2008-2011) and the European Commission SGIB (Standing Group on Indicators & Benchmarks/ 2007-2012). He was a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the UCL- IoE (March 2012- August 2012) and a Visiting Professor at the Zhengzhou University (ZZU), in China (November 2019). He participates in External Evaluation Committees of the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education of the Republic of Cyprus (DI.PA.E). Additionally, he cooperates with the ESRC-funded “LLAKES” Research Centre of the UCL-IoE, and he is currently a Scientific Associate – Researcher of the E.E.T.A.A. (Hellenic Agency for Local Development and Local Government). He has 182 publications, in Greek, English, French and Chinese, including journal articles, conference proceedings and book chapters. He is the author of 12 books- monographs, in Greek and English, while he has edited 11 books. He has participated (or currently participating) in 50 (mainly research) Projects in Greece and abroad, either as a Team Leader or as a researcher/expert.