Kizos Thanasis (Athanasios)
Scientific Field:
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Geography Building - ground floor
    Research Interests:
      Research Projects:
      • 2014-2017: 2014-2017: Project " Sustainable futures for Europe’s HERitage in CULtural landscapES: Tools for understanding, managing, and protecting landscape functions and values " (HERCULES). -
      • 2010-2014: LEDDRA: Land and Ecosystem Degradation and Desertification: Assessing the Fit of Responses - Ερευνητής
      • 2012-2012: Study on the relevance and the effectiveness of ERDF and Cohesion Fund support to Regions with Specific Geographical Features – Islands, Mountainous and Sparsely Populated areas, ADE Consulting - Expert
      • 2009-2011: The Development of the Islands – European Islands and Cohesion Policy (EUROISLANDS) ESPON study - Expert
      • 2009-2010: Αξιολόγηση των αιτιών της μεταβολής του τοπίου σε Ευρωπαϊκά αγροδασικά συστήματα (Assessing the driving forces of landscape change in European agroforestry landscapes)” - Επικεφαλής Προγράμματος στην Ελλάδα
      Teaching Experience:
      • Geography of Greece (with N. Zouros)
      • Analysis and Perception of the Landscape
      • Rural Geography
      • Rural Development and Policies
      • Island Geography
      • Rural Development (in Masters’ “Geography and Applied Geoinformatics”)
      • Co-teaching in ‘Ecosystem Management’ course in the ERASMUS MUNDUS MESPOM “Masters in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management”


      1. Spilanis I., Kizos, T. (2015) Άτλας των Νησιών [Atlas of the Islands]. 01/2015; University Of The Aegean, Mytilene., ISBN: 978-960-88031-1-4

      2. Spilanis, I., Kizos, T., Karampela, S. (2015) Νησιωτικότητα και Βιωσιμότητα: Η περίπτωση των Νησιών του Αιγαίου - Insularity and sustainability: the case of Aegean islands. 11/2015; Πανεπιστήμιο Αιγαίου - University of the Aegean., ISBN: 978-960-88031-2-1

        Chapters in Books (peer reviewed)

        1. Karampela, S., Kizos, T., & Papatheodorou, A. (2015). Patterns of transportation for tourists and residents in the Aegean archipelago, Greece. In G. Baldacchino (Ed.), Archipelago tourism: Policies and practices. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 35-50.

        2. Kizos, T. (2014) Social-cultural values of oak wood-pastures and transhumance in Greece in Hartel., T and Plieninger, T. (eds.) European Wood-pastures in Transition: A Social-ecological Approach, pp. 171-184.

        3. Kizos, T. (2013) Consumers’ and Producers’ Expectations and Gains from Geographical Indications: Towards a Conceptual Context, in Miguel de la Guardia and Ana Gonzalvez (eds.) Food Protected Designation of Origin Methodologies and Applications, Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 60., pp. 31-47.

        4. Plieninger, T., Schaich, H. and Kizos, T. (2013) Legacies of livestock grazing in the forest structure of Valonia oak landscapes in the Eastern Mediterranean, in Rotherham I. D. (ed.) Trees, Forested Landscapes and Grazing Animals: A European Perspective on Woodlands and Grazed Treescapes, Routledge, pp. 204-218.

        5. Kizos, T. and Vlahos, G. (2012) The evolution of the agricultural landscape, in: Papayiannis, T. and Howard, P. (eds.) Reclaiming the Greek landscape (Athens: MED-INA), p. 133-143.

        6. Kizos, T., Plieninger, T., Schaich, H. and Petit, C. (2012) HNV permanent crops: Olives, oaks, vines and fruit trees, in Oppermann, R., Beaufoy, G. and Jones, G.(Eds.) High Nature Value Farming in Europe - 35 European countries, Experiences and Perspectives, Verlag Regionalkultur, Ubstadt-Weiher, pp 70-84.

        7. Mavridou, A. and Kizos, T. (2011) How Can the Different Functions of Gardens in Suburban Areas be Evaluated? Towards a Framework for an Integrated Method of Evaluating Aesthetic, Ecological, Environmental and Economic Functions of Gardens in Suburban Areas, Roca, Z. Claval, P. and Agnew J. (eds.) ‘Landscapes, Identities and Development’, Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 335-350.

        8. Plieninger, T. and Kizos, T. (2011) Assessing the sustainability impact of land management with the ecosystem services concept: towards a framework for Mediterranean agroforestry landscapes, in Roca, Z. Claval, P. and Agnew J. (eds.) ‘Landscapes, Identities and Development’, Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 305-318.

        9. Kizos, T., Spilanis, I. and Mehmood, A. (2009) Climate change vulnerability: Planning challenges for small islands, in Davoudi, S., Crawford, J. and Mehmood, A. (eds.) Planning for Climate Change: Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation for Spatial Planners, Earthscan, p. 94-106.

        10. Kizos, T., (2007) Island Lifestyles in the Aegean Islands, Greece: Heaven In Summer, Hell In Winter? In Palang, H., Sooväli, H., and Printsmann A. (eds.) Seasonal Landscapes, Springer-Verlag, Belrin, p. 127-149.

        11. Kizos, T., Spilanis, I., and Koulouri, M., (2007) The Aegean Islands: a paradise lost? Tourism as a driver for changing landscapes, in Pedroli. B., Van Doorn, A,, De Blust, G., Paracchini, M.L., Wascher, D. & Bunce, F. (Eds.) Europe’s living landscapes. Essays exploring our identity in the countryside, LANDSCAPE EUROPE, Wageningen / KNNV Publishing, Zeist, pp. 333-348.

          Book Editing - Work

          1. Paniagua. A., Bryant, R., Kizos, T. (eds.) (2012) The political ecology of depopulation: inequality, landscape, and people, Rolde Foundation, Zaragoza (spain) 314 pp., Isbn: 978-84-92582-77-8.

          2. Kizos T. & Kristensen L. S. (eds.) (2011) The 'good farmer': Studies of farm management practices and landscape change, Special Issue in Geografisk Tidsskrift - Danish Journal of Geography, 111(2) pp. 105-167.

          3. Kizos, T., Primdahl, J., Kristensen, L., Busck, A. (eds.) (2010) Landscape Change and Rural Development in Europe, Special Issue in Landscape Research, 35(6), pp. 571-696.

            Publications in Scientific Journals

            1. Iosifides, T., Kizos, T. (2018) Public Attitudes Towards Immigrants in Western Greece Region) Journal of Regional Socio-Economic Issues, Vol. 8, Issue 1, January2018.

            2. Iosifides, T., Kizos, T. (2018) Public Attitudes Towards Immigrants in Western Greece Region, Journal of Regional Socio-Economic Issues, 8 (1), pp. 6-23.

            3. Karampela, S., Kizos, T. (2018) Agritourism and local development: Evidence from two case studies in Greece, International Journal of Tourism Research,

            4. Kizos, T., P. H. Verburg, M. Bürgi, D. Gounaridis, T. Plieninger, C. Bieling, and T. Balatsos. 2018. From concepts to practice: combining different approaches to understand drivers of landscape change. Ecology and Society 23(1):25.

            5. Kizos, Τ., Plieninger, T., Iosifides, T., García-Martín, M., Girod, G., Karro, K., Palang, H., Printsmann, A., Shaw, Nagy, J., and Budniok, M.A. (2018) Responding to Landscape Change: Stakeholder Participation and Social Capital in Five European Landscapes, Land, 7, 14; https://doi:10.3390/land7010014.

            6. Lewis, O., Home, R., Kizos, T. (2018) Digging for the roots of urban gardening behaviours, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 34,

            7. Strenchock, L., Dimitrakopoulos, P. G., Kizos, T., Pitta T.M. (2018) Local knowledge of selected wild plant species collected in Agiassos, on Lesvos, Greece, Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography,

            8. Tsilimigkas, G., Kizos, T., Gourgiotis, A. (2018) Unregulated Urban Sprawl And Spatial Distribution Of Fire Events. Evidence from Greece, Environmental Hazards,

            9. Zagaria, C., Schulp, C.J.E., Kizos, T., Verburg, P.H. (2018) Transformation and persistence in Mediterranean landscapes: A case exploration of agricultural abandonment integrating farmer decision-making and tourist landscape preferences in east Lesvos, Greece, Regional Environmental Change,

            10. Beckham Hooff, S., Botetzagias, I., Kizos, T. (2017) Seeing the Wind (Farm): Applying Q-methodology to Understand the Public’s Reception of the Visuals Around a Wind Farm Development. Environmental Communication A Journal of Nature and Culture, DOI:10.1080/17524032.2017.1292937

            11. Burgi, M., Bieling, C., von Hackwitz K., Kizos T., Lieskovsky J., Garcia-Martin M., McCarthy S., Muller M., Palang H., Plieninger T., Printsmann A. (2017) Processes and driving forces in changing cultural landscapes across Europe. Landscape Ecology, DOI:10.1007/s10980-017-0513-z

            12. Garcia-Martin, M., Fagerholm, N., Bieling, C., Gounaridis, D., Kizos, T., Printsmann, A., Muller, M., Lieskovsky, J., Plieninger, T. (2017) Participatory mapping of landscape values in a Pan-European perspective. Landscape Ecology, DOI:10.1007/s10980-017-0531-x

            13. Karampela, S., Kavroudakis, D., Kizos, T. (2017) Agritourism networks: empirical evidence from two case studies in Greece. Current Issues in Tourism,

            14. Karampela, S., Papazoglou, C., Kizos, T., Spilanis, I. (2017) Sustainable local development on Aegean Islands: A meta-analysis of the literature. Island Studies Journal, 12(1):71-94., DOI:10.24043/isj.6

            15. Kizos, T., Koshaka, R., Penker, M., Piatti, C., Vogl, C. R., Uchiyama, Y. (2017) The governance of geographical indications: experiences of practical implementation of selected case studies in Austria, Italy, Greece and Japan. British Food Journal, Vol. 119 Issue: 12, pp. 2863-2879,

            16. Kizos, T., Tsilimigkas, G., Karampela, S. (2017) What Drives Built-Up Area Expansion on Islands? Using Soil Sealing Indicators to Estimate Built-Up Area Patterns on Aegean Islands, Greece. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 4, Vol. 108, No 6, pp. 836–853, DOI:10.1111/tesg.12244

            17. Plieninger, T., Kohsaka, R., Bieling, C., Hashimoto, S., Kamiyama, C., Kizos, T., Penker, M., Kieninger, P., Shaw, B. J., Sioen, G., Yoshida, Y., Saito, O. (2017) Fostering biocultural diversity in landscapes through place-based food networks: a ‘‘solution scan’’ of European and Japanese models. Sustainability Science, DOI:10.1007/s11625-017-0455-z

            18. Wilson, G.A., Kelly, C.L., Briassoulis, H., Ferrara, A., Quaranta, G., Salvia, R., Detsis, V., Curfs, M., Cerda, A., El-Aich, A., Liu, H., Kosmas, C., Alados, C.L., Imeson, A., Landgrebe-Trinkunaite, R., Salvati, L., Naumann, S., Danwen, H., Iosifides, T., Kizos, T., Mancino, G., Nolè, A., Jiang, M., Zhang, P. (2017) Social memory and the resilience of communities affected by land degradation: Social memory, resilience and land degradation. Land Degradation and Development, 28(2):383-400, DOI:10.1002/ldr.2669

            19. Zagaria, C., Schulp, C.J.E., Kizos, T., Gounaridis, D., Verburg, P.H. (2017) Cultural landscapes and behavioral transformations: An agent-based model for the simulation and discussion of alternative landscape futures in East Lesvos, Greece. Land Use Policy, 65: 26–44, DOI:10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.03.022

            20. Karampela, S., Kizos, T., Spilanis, I. (2016) Evaluating the impact of agritourism on local development in small islands, Island Studies Journal, 11 (1), pp. 161-176. Available at:

            21. Plieninger, T., Draux, H., Fagerholm, N., Bieling, C., Bürgi, M., Kizos, T., Kuemmerle, T., Primdahl, J., Verburg. P.H. (2016) The driving forces of landscape change in Europe: A systematic review of the evidence. Land Use Policy, 57:204-214., DOI:10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.04.040

            22. Spilanis, I., Kizos, T., Giordano, B. (2016) The effectiveness of European Regional Development Fund projects in Greece: views from planners, management staff and beneficiaries, European Urban and Regional Studies, 2016, Vol. 23(2) 182–197, DOI: 10.1177/0969776413498761

            23. Bürgi, M., Li L., Kizos, Τ. (2015) Exploring links between culture and biodiversity: studying land use intensity from the plot to the landscape level, Biodiversity and Conservation, Volume 24, Issue 13, pp 3285-3303, DOI 10.1007/s10531-015-0970-0

            24. Plieninger, T., T. Kizos, C. Bieling, L. Le Dû-Blayo, M.-A. Budniok, M. Bürgi, C. L. Crumley, G. Girod, P. Howard, J. Kolen, T. Kuemmerle, G. Milcinski, H. Palang, K. Trommler, and P. H. Verburg. (2015) Exploring ecosystem-change and society through a landscape lens: recent progress in European landscape research. Ecology and Society 20(2): 5.

            25. Schaich, H., Kizos, T., Schneider, S., Plieninger, T., (2015) "Land change in Eastern Mediterranean wood-pasture landscapes: the case of deciduous oak woodlands in Lesvos (Greece)", Environmental Management, Vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 110-126, DOI 10.1007/s00267-015-0496-y

            26. Κίζος Θ. (2015) Από το Αγροτικό Τοπίο στο Τοπίο της Υπαίθρου: Η Γεωγραφία και οι Προσλήψεις των Τοπίων της Ελληνικής Υπαίθρου, Αειχώρος, 19, σ. 6-23, διαθέσιμο στο

            27. Karampela, S. Kizos, T. Spilanis, I. (2014) Accessibility of islands: towards a new geography based on transportation modes and choices, Island Studies Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2014, pp. 293-306,

            28. Kizos, T., V. Detsis, T. Iosifides and M. Metaxakis (2014) Social Capital and Social-Ecological Resilience in the Asteroussia Mountains, Southern Crete, Greece. Ecology and Society 19 (1): 40. [online] URL:

            29. Tsilimigkas G. and Kizos, T. (2014) Space, pressures and the management of the Greek landscape, Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, Volume 96, Issue 2, pp. 159–175, DOI: 10.1111/geob.12043

            30. Van Der Sluis, T., Kizos, T., Pedroli, B. (2014) Landscape Change In Mediterranean Farmlands: Impacts Of Land Abandonment On Cultivation Terraces In Portofino (ITALY) And Lesvos (GREECE), Journal of Landscape Ecology, Vol: 7 / No. 1. 10.2478/jlecol-2014-0008 available online:

            31. Kizos, T., Plieninger, T. Schaich, H., (2013) “Instead of 40 sheep there are 400”: Traditional grazing practices and landscape change in Western Lesvos, Greece, Landscape Research, Vol. 38(4), Special Issue: Animals and the landscape, pp. 476-498, DOI:10.1080/01426397.2013.783905

            32. Spilanis, I., Kizos, T., Vaitis, M., Koukourouvli. N. (2013) Measuring the economic, social and environmental performance of European island regions: emerging issues for European and regional policy, European Planning Studies. European Planning Studies, 21 (12), pp. 1998 -2019 DOI:10.1080/09654313.2012.722970

            33. Armstrong, H.W., Giordano, B., Kizos, Τ., Macleod, C., Olsen, L.S. and Spilanis, I. (2012) The European Regional Development Fund and Island Regions: An Evaluation of the 2000-06 and 2007-13 Programs, Island Studies Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2012, pp.177-198.

            34. Spilanis, I., Kizos, T. and Petsioti, P. (2012) Accessibility of Peripheral Regions: Evidence from Aegean Islands (Greece), Island Studies Journal, Vol.7, No. 2, 2012, pp.199-214.

            35. Bryant, R.L., Paniagua, A. and Kizos, T. (2011) Conceptualising `shadow landscape' in political ecology and rural studies, Land Use Policy, Vol. 28, pp. 460-471, doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2010.09.005

            36. Kizos T. and Vakoufaris H. (2011) What Is The Extent Of Short Food Supply Chains In Greece? Evidence From The Cheese Supply Chains In The North Aegean Region, International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, Vol. 9, Nos 1/2 pp. 48-67.

            37. Kizos, T. and Vakoufaris H., (2011) Valorisation of a local asset: The case of olive oil on Lesvos Island, Greece, Food Policy, Vol. 36(5), pp. 704-713, DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2011.06.005

            38. Kizos, T., Marin-Guirao, J.I., Georgiadi, M.E., Dimoula, S., Karatsolis, E., Mpartzas, A., Mpelali A. and Papaioannou, S. (2011) Survival Strategies of farm households and multifunctional farms in Greece, The Geographical Journal, Vol. 177, No. 4, pp. 335–346, doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2011.00403.x

            39. Kizos, T., Vasdeki, M., Chatzikiriakou C. & Dimitriou, D (2011) ‘For my children’: Different functions of the agricultural landscape and attitudes of farmers on different areas of Greece towards small scale landscape change, Geografisk Tidsskrift-Danish Journal of Geography, Vol. 111, No. 2, pp. 117-130.

            40. Kizos, T., Veikontis, G. and Marín-Guirao J.I. (2011) Comparison of organic and integrated farming systems: the case of sultana table grapes in Korinthos, Greece, The Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 35(1), pp. 27-47.

            41. Plieninger, T., Schaich, H. and Kizos, T. (2011) Land-use legacies in the forest structure of silvopastoral oak woodlands in the Eastern Mediterranean, Regional Environmental Change, Vol. 11, pp. 603–615, DOI 10.1007/s10113-010-0192-7.

            42. Vakoufaris, H. and Kizos, T. (2011) Alternative Agri-Food Geographies? Geographic Indications In Greece, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Vol. 102, No. 2, pp.220-235.

            43. Vakoufaris, H. and Kizos, T. (2011) Alternative Agri-Food Geographies? Geographic Indications In Greece, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Vol. 102, No. 2, pp.220-235.

            44. Kizos T., and Koulouri M. (2010) Same Land Cover, Same Land Use at the Large Scale, Different Landscapes at the Small Scale: Landscape Change In Olive Plantations On Lesvos Island, Greece, Landscape Research, 35(4), pp. 449 – 467.

            45. Kizos, T. (2010) Multifunctionality Of Farm Households In Greece, Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography, 64(2), pp. 105 – 116.

            46. Kizos, T., Dalaka, A., Petanidou, T. (2010) Farmers’ practices and landscape change: Evidence from the abandonment of terraced cultivations on Lesvos, Greece, Agriculture and Human Values, 27, pp 199–212.

            47. Kizos, T., Koulouri, M., Vakoufaris, H., Psarrou, M. (2010) Preserving Characteristics Of The Agricultural Landscape Through Agri-Environmental Policies: The Case Of Cultivation Terraces In Greece, Landscape Research 35(6), pp. 577 – 593.

            48. Spilanis, I., Kizos T., Koulouri M., Kondili, J., Vakoufaris, H. and Gatsis I. (2009) Monitoring Sustainability in Insular Areas, Ecological Indicators, 9, pp. 179-187.

            49. Kizos, T., (2008) Rural environmental management in Greece as a cultural frontier between the ‘occident’ and the ‘orient’, Arbor, Vol CLXXXIV, No 729, pp. 127-142.

            50. Petanidou, T., Kizos, T., Soulakellis, N. (2008) Socioeconomic dimensions of changes in the agricultural landscape of the Mediterranean Basin: a case study of the abandonment of cultivation terraces on Nisyros Island, Greece, Environmental Management, 41, pp. 250-266.

            51. Iosifides, T. and Kizos T. (2007) Political Self-Orientation, Cultural Openness and Public Attitudes towards Immigrants in Western Greece, Migration Letters, 4(2), pp. 39 – 49.

            52. Kizos Τ., and Iosifides Τ. (2007) The Contradictions of Agrotourism Development in Greece: Evidence from Three Case Studies, South European Society and Politics, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 59-77.

            53. Vakoufaris H., Kizos T., Spilanis I., Kizos T., (2007) Collective action in the Greek agrifood sector: evidence from the North Aegean Region, British Food Journal, 109 (10), pp.777-791.

            54. Vakoufaris H., Kizos T., Spilanis I., Kizos T., (2007) Collective action in the Greek agrifood sector: evidence from the North Aegean Region, British Food Journal, 109 (10), pp.777-791.

            55. Iosifides, Τ., Kizos, Τ., Petrakou, Ε., Malliotaki, Ε., Katsimantou, Κ. and Sarri Ε. (2006) Socio-Economic Characteristics of Immigrants in Western Greece Region: Urban – Rural Continuum or Divide?, Migration Letters, 3(2), pp. 91-106.

            56. Kizos T. and Koulouri M. (2006) Agricultural landscape dynamics in the Mediterranean: Lesvos (Greece) case study using evidence from the last three centuries, Environmental Science and Policy, Vol. 9(4), pp. 330-342.

            57. Kizos T., and Koulouri M. (2005) Economy, Demographic Changes and Morphological Transformation of the Agri-Cultural Landscape of Lesvos, Greece, Human Ecology Review, Vol. 21(2), pp. 183-192.

            58. Kizos T, and Spilanis I. (2004) “The Transformation of Landscape: Modeling Policy and Social Impacts on the Agricultural Landscape of Lesvos”, Natural Resource Modeling, Vol. 17, No. 4, 321-358.

            59. Gousiou K. Spilanis I. and Kizos T. (2001) “Is Agrotourism ‘Agro’ or ‘Tourism’? Evidence from Agrotourist Holdings in Lesvos, Greece”, Anatolia, an international journal of tourism and hospitality research, Vol. 12, No. 1.

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