The Department

Since 1994, the Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean, the first Department of Geography in modern Greece, offers programs of undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Geography, responding to the call of our contemporary times for the academic training of scientists and professionals with geographical analysis knowledge and skills for the management of the multidimensional environmental, social and economic problems of modern societies.

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Night of Geography in Mytiline

The first Night of Geography in Mytiline took place on Friday, April 20, simultaneously with Athens and 66 other cities, in 14 European countries. The event was realized at the space in front of the Municipal Theater of Mytiline, between 18:30 and 20:30 and included children’s painting of geographical themes, demonstration of geographical applications (GPS tracking) and exhibition of the work of the Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean, accompanied by music from various parts of the world. It drew significant interest from students, with special interest in Geography and its applications. The active participation of primary- and secondary-school pupils and educators, as well of the general public, was especially encouraging. There was great interest in the future continuation of this institution.

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Fire App Fights Wildfires with Data

Every second counts when combating a wildfire. Time lost can result in devastating loss of life or property. The University of the Aegean in Greece developed the VENUS-C Fire app, featuring Bing Maps, Microsoft Silverlight, and Windows Azure to determine the daily wildfire risk and fire propagation in the vulnerable island of Lesvos during its dry season. The university team generates a visualization of environmental factors each morning for the island’s fire management team, who then use the app to determine optimal resource allocation across the island for the day.

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Summer Schools

The Department of Geography in collaboration with the Greek Section of the European Regional Science Association is pleased to announce the opportunity for PhD students and young researchers to participate in the 30th ERSA Summer School which will be held from the 9th July to 15th July, 2017 at the University of the Aegean, in Mytilene, Greece.

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The University of the Aegean International Summer School "Training in Landscape Character Assessment Methods and Tools”, organized by the Department of Geography and the MEDSCAPES project, on the 7th to the 12th of September 2015, on the Campus of the University of the Aegean and in the village of Sigri, on Lesvos Island, Greece, was completed with great success and with lecturers and participants from around the Mediterranean and Europe.

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Το Τμήμα Γεωγραφίας του Πανεπιστημίου Αιγαίου και το Τμήμα Μηχανικών Χωροταξίας, Πολεοδομίας και Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης του Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλίας σε συνεργασία με το Δήμο Πάρου διοργανώνουν Θερινό Σχολείο στις Λεύκες της Πάρου από τις 27 Ιουλίου μέχρι τις 7 Αυγούστου 2015.

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Ολοκληρώθηκαν με μεγάλη επιτυχία οι εργασίες και η αξιολόγηση του Θερινού Σχολείου Νάξου με τίτλο: “Επιχειρηματικότητα, Καινοτομία και Τοπική Ανάπτυξη” που διοργάνωσε το Τμήμα Γεωγραφίας του Πανεπιστημίου Αιγαίου με την ενεργό υποστήριξη του Πανεπιστημίου του Αιγαίου και του Δήμου Νάξου & Μικρών Κυκλάδων.

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Ολοκληρώθηκαν με εξαιρετική επιτυχία οι εργασίες του Διεθνούς Θερινού Σχολείου “Επιχειρηματικότητα, Καινοτομία και Τοπική Ανάπτυξη” που διεξήχθη στο στη Χώρα της Νάξου από τις 15/7/2013 έως τις 27/7/2013.

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With great success the International Summer School «Earth heritage site assessment – Geoparks management and geotourism development»,organized by the Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean, was accomplished, between 25 June- 04 July 2013, on Lesvos Island, Greece.

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With great success and distinguished European lecturers, the Ph.D. Summer School “Transitions in Landscape and Land Use”, organized by the VOLANTE FP7 research project (Visions Of LANd Use Transitions in Europe; http://www.volante-project.eu) and the Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean, was accomplished, between 12-18 June 2013, at the Department of Geography, Campus of the University of the Aegean, Lesvos, Greece.

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Recent Activities

Is disappearance of insects a phenomenon to worry about?

Theodora Petanidou (Professor of Ecogeography & Ecology at the University of the Aegean) meets with Chris D. Thomas (Professor of Biology, University of York, UK) in the column “Confrontations” of Kathimerini tis Kyriakis, and responds with evidence to the above question.

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Ανάπτυξη Υπαίθρου: Έννοιες, Πρακτικές και Πολιτικές

Η Ύπαιθρος και η Ανάπτυξη της Υπαίθρου αναφέρονται τακτικά σε ακαδημαϊκές και μη συζητήσεις, χωρίς όμως τις περισσότερες φορές να είναι απόλυτα ξεκάθαρο τι προσδιορίζουν αυτές οι έννοιες. Ο πληθυσμός της υπαίθρου σε όλο τον κόσμο μειώνεται σταθερά.

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Reader in Qualitative Methods in Migration Research

This edited collection published in Migration Letters were selected to reflect on methodological challenges faced by researchers and students when conducting qualitative studies on migration. Beginning with papers focusing on broader discussions of methodological issues and some options available to researchers, the latter half of the book explores the narrative methodology in depth with references to several cases.

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The Practice of Spatial Analysis - Essays in memory of Professor Pavlos Kanaroglou

This volume is dedicated to the memory of Professor Pavlos Kanaroglou, McMaster University, Canada, who also served at the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean (1998-2007). It contains applications of traditional and contemporary spatial analysis techniques on urban transportation, land use, and air pollution in various contexts.

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Urban Planning and Local Development: Theory, Policy Implementation and Case Studies

This book includes a collection/research series of twenty scientific papers of contributors from twelve Universities and international research and academic organizations in the fields of urban/regional planning and local development. This book will be a useful and valuable textbook for both students, researchers and academics, in both theory and policy implementation in the related fields of urban/regional planning and local development.

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PROJECT LIFE TERRACESCAPE: Employing Land Stewardship to transform terraced landscapes into Green Infrastructures to better

The project aims to demonstrate at the Aegean island Andros, the use of a prominent element of the Mediterranean landscape, the drystone terraces, as green infrastructures resilient to climate change impacts.

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Interview for the Newspaper “Kathimerini” 11/2/2018

Is the landscape the “stage-set” of the traveling experience? How is its economic value assessed? Should it be preserved authentically or developed touristically? These questions marked the outset of our conversation with Theano S. Terkenli, professor in the Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean, in Mytiline, and in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Tourism Planning, Management and Policy, in Chios.

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Theodoros Iosifides (2017) Qualitative Research Methods and Epistemology of the Social Sciences. Thessaloniki: Tziolas Publishing.

The book is a relatively advanced introduction to qualitative research methods and contains special emphasis on important dimensions of the epistemology of the social sciences. It refers to all major theoretical and methodological choices within the qualitative research practice and links epistemological positions, to theoretical strategies and methodological approaches.

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