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

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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UNIVERSITY OF THE AEGEAN DISTINCTION IN THE GEOGRAPHY OF TOURISM

The University of the Aegean was honored for its contribution to the Geography of Tourism. At the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, 5-9 April 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts, with the participation of several thousand conferees, ms Theano Terkenli.

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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ASSEMBLAGE THINKING: THEORY, ANALYSIS, PRACTICE AND GOVERNANCE

The international symposium “Assemblage Thinking: Theory, Analysis, Practice and Governance”, hosted by the Department of Geography between June 2 to 4, 2017 and organized by professor Helen Briassoulis, concluded successfully. The speakers, besides actively and crucially participating at the Symposium, had the opportunity to learn about the University of the Aegean and the Department of Geography.

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The Mediterranean Region – Biological Diversity in Space and Time

It is becoming clear that the Mediterranean region is one of the “hottest” of the biodiversity hotspots on the planet. There is also an increasing concern for the conservation, adaptive management, and restoration of the unique natural ecosystems and cultural landscapes that characterize this area. The region’s biological and cultural heritage as well as its huge wealth of biodiversity are now at real risk.

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Collaborative Governance under Austerity

The primary objective of this eight city research programme is to understand whether, and if so how, collaboration relates to austerity governance.

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