ΟΔΗΓΟΣ ΕΙΣΑΚΤΕΩΝ ΠΡΩΤΟΕΤΩΝ 2023

Urban Geography and Planning Laboratory

Laboratory supervisor: Petropoulou Chryssanthi (Christy)Assistant Professor

              co-supervisor: TSILIMIGKAS GeorgiosAssistant Professor

Topics of interest:

The laboratory pursues educational and research activities in the fields of Urban Geography and Urban Planning.

The educational activity covers the needs of the Department of Geography related to the preparation of diploma theses, master theses by the Master Program as well as PhD thesis.

The research activity concerns the undertaking of research projects and unfunded urban and regional studies.

The objectives of the laboratory include the following:

  • Production of educational material for undergraduate and graduate students
  • The creation of a database to support the goals of the laboratory
  • The organization of international seminars and conferences, the invitation of internationally recognized personalities and scientists, the implementation of research projects and the publication of the research results in international journals and books
  • International collaborations with similar research laboratories, local authorities, and collectives
  • The development of new scientists and researchers
  • The constructive interaction with the society

The laboratory resumed its operation since 2012 and includes two directions: Urban Geography and Urban Planning

Directors:

Urban geography laboratory / group:

Petropoulou Chryssanthi (Christy), Assistant Professor in Urban Geography Dept. of Geography, University of the Aegean. Researcher in Urban Geography (European, Mediterranean and Latin American spaces) christy.p@geo.aegean.gr

Urban planning laboratory / group:

TSILIMIGKAS Georgios, Assistant Professor in Urban Planning Dept. of Geography, University of the Aegean. Researcher in Urban and Regional Planning. gtsil@geo.aegean.gr 

Members:

Name Scientific Activity CV
Ioannis Chorianopoulos

Associate Professor in Social Geography Dept. of Geography, University of the Aegean. Researcher in urban sprawl, urban competition, minority spaces and segregations 

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Despina Katapoti

Assistant Professor in Theory of Culture and Digital Culture, Department of Cultural Technology and Communication

 

Ilias Pisticos

Post doc. Urban Geography, Phd in Sociology

 

Chrysoula Gianopoulou

Post doc. Urban Geography, Phd in Anthropology

 

Myrto Tsilimpounidi

Post doc. Urban Geography, Phd in Sociology

 

Flora Tsapala

Phd student. Social Geography

 

Konstantinos Zafiris

Phd student. Urban Geography

 

Vasilis Georgakopoulos

Phd student.Urban Geography

 

Giorgos Dikmanis

Phd student.Urban Geography

 

Evagelia Dermedzi

Phd candidate, Urban Planning

 

Nikolaos Rembis

PhD candidate, Urban Planning

 

Naya Tselepi

Professor – consultant Hellenic Open University and Urban Geography Researcher

 

Orestis Pangalos

Doc Architecture AUTH and Urban Geography Researcher

 

Charalambos (Charis) Tsavdaroglou

Fellow University of Amsterdam, fellow University of Amsterdam, Urban Geography Researcher

 

Olga Lafazani

Professor – consultant University of Thessalia, Postdoctoral researcher, Harokopio, Urban Geography Researcher

 
Caterina Hatzikonstantinou Phd student in School of Architecture. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Researcher in Urban Planning. pdf
Leonidas Liakos Geographer, Phd student Urban and regional Planning and Development , Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, School of Engineering. Researcher in Urban Planning pdf

Xenia Alexiou

Architect, MSc Anthropogeography, Urban Geography Researcher

 

Dimitris Iakovakis

Geographer, MSc Human Geography, Urban Geography Researcher

 

Associated Members:

Name Scientific Activity CV
Giorgos Sidiropoulos Associate Professor in Historical Geography. Dept. of Geography, University of the Aegean. Researcher in urban history and visualization. Dir of laboratory http://hg-lab.blogspot.gr/ pdf
Ilias Kourliouros Professor Economic Geography. Dept. of Geography, University of the Aegean. Dir. of laboratory Dir of Economic Geography, Regional Development and Territorial Planning Laboratory pdf

Dionisis Gouvias

Associate Professor, Department of Pre-school Education and Educational Design, University of the Aegean. Researcher in Educational Policy and Sociology of Education

 

Evi Sambanicou

Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, University of the Aegean. Researcher in History of Art and Urban space

 

Nikos Xipolitas

Department of Sociology, University of the Aegean. Researcher in Migration questions

 

Lila Pantelidou

Professor – consultant Hellenic Open University– (European Civilization). Researcher in Urban and Social Geography, Gated Communities, Public Space.

 
Athina Vitopoulou

Assistant Professor in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Architecture. Dr. Architect in Urbanism (EHESS, Paris). Researcher in Urban Geography – Public Spaces, History of Cities 

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Maria Haidopoulou Vrichea Dr. Geography (Harokopio University), Professor – consultant Hellenic Open University– (Latin American Civilization), Researcher in Urban Geography – Cultural Geography pdf
Nikos Pangas Dr. Urban Forest Planning (NTUA), Forester-Environmentalist, HOU - consultant, Forest manager in charge of the Mt Hymettus Aesthetic Forest, Athens, Attica. Researcher in Urban Geography – Periurban forest spaces pdf
Antonis Vradis

Vradis Dr. Geography (LSE, London). Ass. Professor Loughborough University, Research fellow in LSE, Web page: crisisscape.net, Researcher in Urban Geography – Crisis and City 

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Aris Mermigkas

Honorary Advocate (Athens Bar Association), Urban geography laboratory.

 

Dimitra Glendy

Ph.D student in History, Department of Anthropology and History, Researcher in Urban Geography

 

Ioanna Papachristou

Dr. UAB, Barcelona, Graduate of AUTH University, Researcher in Urban Geography

 
Nikos Pratsinis

Chemist (University of Athens), Translator (Lisboan University and Inst. CAMÕES). Professor and translator - Interpreter Portuguese, Spanish and English. Researcher in Urban Geography – Latin American Civilizations 

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Panagiotis Antoniadis

Dr. Informatics Lecturer & Senior Researcher in ETH Zurich. Peer to Peer Technology, Researcher in Urban Geography 

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Elena Katseniou

Graduate of Geography, Msc Geography, Researcher in Urban Geography

 

Sophia Arbara

Architect, Berkley Architecture MSc, Researcher in Urban Geography

 

Students in diploma 2019-2020 - invisible cities laboratory:

Name Scientific Activity CV

Violeta Dimitrakopoulou

Student in Department of Geography

 

Nefeli Belavila

Student in Department of Geography

 

Kalliopi Raftopoulou

Student in Department of Geography

 

Marvi Apostolou

Student in Department of Geography

 

George Brakatselos

Student in Department of Geography

 

Socrates Kouloubis

Student in Department of Geography

 

George Kalyvas

Student in Department of Geography

 

Sotiris Axiotis

Msc Student in Department of Geography

 

Ioannis Sotiriou

Msc Student in Department of Geography

 

Mara Zacharaki

Msc Student in Department of Geography

 

Periklis Chatzinakos

Msc Student in Department of Geography

 

Associated laboratories and scientific groups:

  • Laboratoire Image, Ville, Environnement - ERL7230 Section du CNU (πρώην "Image et Ville 7011 CNRS/ULP ), Strasbourg, Dir. Christiane Weber http://imaville.u-strasbg.fr
  • Laboratoire Sociétés, Acteurs, Gouvernement en Europe (SAGE) UMR 7363 CNRS/UDS UDS Maison Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l'Homme-Alsace (MISHA), http://sage.unistra.fr/axes-de-recherche/axe-6/
  • Laboratorio de Computacion Qualitativa y Cartografia Digital. Departamento de Sociologia. UAM-I. Mexico, Dir. Cesar Cisneros, http://investigadores.izt.uam.mx/datos_investigador.php?mail=csh@xanum.uam.mx
  • INURA International Network for Urban Research and Action http://www.inura.org/

International Profiles and Partnerships / Protocols:

The Urban Geography laboratory and its members have international collaborations with the following Universities:

1. Protocol of cooperation of the University of the Aegean

  • Argentina: Universidad Nacional Arturo Jauretche UNAJ of Buenos Aires
  • Brazil: Universidad del Estado de Bahia
  • Turkey: University of Aegean

2. Erasmus Partnerships:

Brazil:

• UF Rio de Janeiro, Departments of Geography and Education

• UA Estado de Bahia, Departments of Geography and Education

• UF de Porto Alegre, Department of Geography

Mexico:

• UAM-I Departments of Sociology, Psychology and Geography

• UNAM School of Philosophy, Departments of Geography and History

Spain:

• UAB Department of Geography

• UAB - ICTA

• Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

  • Departamento de Geografía de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Collaborations through joint research actions and exchanges of researchers other than Erasmus:

France

  • Laboratoire Image, Ville, Environnement - ERL7230 Section du CNU (πρώην "Image et Ville 7011 CNRS/ULP), Strasbourg, Dir. Christiane Weber https://imaville.u-strasbg.fr/
  • Laboratoire Sociétés, Acteurs, Gouvernement en Europe (SAGE) UMR 7363 CNRS/UDS Maison Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l'Homme-Alsace (MISHA), http://sage.unistra.fr/axes-de-recherche/axe-6/ Dir.Thierry Ramadier, Philippe Hamman

England

• Center for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA) - De Montfort University (Co-ordinator: Ioannis Chorianopoulos)

Mexico

Brazil

  • Universidad Federal de Sao Paulo, Department of Geography

Bolivia

  • Universidad Mayor 
de San Andrés 


Colombia

  • Universidad de Nariño, Department of Geography

Research Networks:

International Association of Geographers - Subcategory: Urban Geography

Latin American Association of Geographers

INURA International Network for Urban Research and Action http://www.inura.org/

Tools:

The laboratory uses tools like Linux, Remote Sensing, GIS, CAD and software for qualitative and quantitative social studies in different working environments (free and open source software is promoted when possible)

The laboratory is situated in the first floor of the building of Geography Department, University of the Aegean, Lesvos, Greece

The laboratory has 5 positions of work, 4 PC, 1 portable PC, 1 photo - camera, 3 libraries.

To cover its operational needs, it requires two additional permanent researchers, 5 working stations, a server for the electronic library-database, one library, multimedia and digital equipment for field studies.

Α. Urban geography laboratory / group

The Urban Geography Group of the Geography Department, University of the Aegean is an open interdisciplinary place of research and encounters which supports the courses “Urban Geography”, "Social Geography", “Urban Studies - Analysis”, “Geography of Metropolitan Areas”, and “Cities and Regions in Latin America”, as well as the post-graduate courses “Urban Development and Policies”

"Spatial planning and Urban and Regional Social Movements", “Applications of Geo-informatics in Urban Geography”, "Socio-spatial segregations" and in the past, “Applications of Geo-informatics in Urban Geography” and part of the course “Applications of Remote Sensing”.

It undertakes research studies in areas of Urban Geography with the objective to understand better the world we live in.

It focuses on the Mediterranean and European space and in Latin America.

It follows critical geography perspectives of the urban and peri-urban space, contemporary urban changes, glocal (local-global) analyses of urban phenomena (like common goods and public space, urban sprawl, urban competition or solidarity, minority spaces, urban segregations), urban and environmental studies, cultural urban approaches and comparative studies of phenomena in different cities as well as urban movements.

Main topics of research

The laboratory of Urban Geography deals with topics such as:

  • cities and civilizations of the Mediterranean and European space

  • cities and civilizations of Abya Yala - Afro- Latin America

  • socio-spatial segregations and barriers, unequal growth and immigration

  • change of scale and ways/means of representation from the world/globe to the city, critical cartography

  • contemporary processes of urbanization - metropolization (global cities, megacities, smart cities, etc.) and mapping of spatial changes (business centers, urban sprawl, gentrification, gated communities, new ghetto, etc.).

  • critical, anticolonial, antiracist, anticapitalist approaches of the space,

  • Ευ ζην, commons, communality, buen vivir, degrowth

  • public space, common goods and peri-urban natural spaces

  • urban sprawl, urban competition and solidarity

  • minority spaces and residential segregation

  • urban and suburban landscapes and mapping of eco-landscapes

  • topics related to the right to the city and the right to space

  • urban and regional social movements,

  • social networks, Internet and peer to peer technologies

  • urban mobility and lived landscapes (spatial practices)

  • the space-time dimension of the urban everyday life, memory, and cities.

  • networked relationships and symbolism in the urban space

  • popular urbanization, self-construction, auto-construction and slums

  • harbor-cities, node-cities, and insularity

  • changes of land use and land cover

  • urban structure, metropolitan planning, models and critical perspectives

  • solidarity economy and issues of growth, de-growth

  • effects of the socioeconomic crisis on the urban space and vice versa: the effect of urban changes on socioeconomic crises.

  • global cities, meta-polis, smart cities

  • utopian cities, eterotopias, eco-villages,

  • virtual and imaginary cities, cosmo-cities (critical perspectives)

  • education of emancipation and other alternatives models of education

Research in progress

  • Chryssanthi (Christy) Petropoulou (coord,) Charalambos Tsavdaroglou, Ilias Pistikos, Chrysa Gianopoulou, «The right of refugees to the city: state spaces of reception and common housing spaces. Case study to Athens, Salonica and Mytilene”. ESPA http://www.aegean.gr/ερευνητικά-προγράμματα

  • Chryssanthi (Christy) Petropoulou (coord,), Myrto Tsilimbounidi, Nagia Tselepi, Orestis Pangalos «Commoning the "migration crisis" and the "hotspots". The case of Lesvos». ESPA http://www.aegean.gr/ερευνητικά-προγράμματα

  • Housing and international mobility in the island cities. The emergence of new forms of urban inequality (ViMo- ISLANDS) COORDINADOR Juan Manuel Parreño Castellano. AGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACIÓN - Convocatorias 2018 Proyectos de I+D de GENERACIÓN DE CONOCIMIENTO y Proyectos de I+D+i RETOS INVESTIGACIÓN. EU and Spain (Συμμετοχή της Επ. Καθ. Κρίστη Πετροπούλου)

  • "European Urban Heterogeneity: Population Analysis of the Behavior of Southern European Urban Regions in Conditions of Economic Integration and Competition". Researcher - Doctoral Candidate: Tsapala Flora (Supervising Professor: Yiannis Chorianopoulos)

  • Creative Resistanses and the construction of subjectivity. Research in cities of Greece, Mexico and Argentina. Doctoral Candidate Constantine Zafiris (IKY and Erasmus +) (Supervising Professor: Christy Petropoulou),

  • The right of refugees in the city. Research Team: Christy Petropoulou, Charalambos Tsavdaroglou, Elias Pistikos, Chrysa Giannopoulou, Olga Lafazani (self-funded research)

  • Autonomy and poetry of the struggles in Latin America. Research in the quilombos, palenques, indigenous communities, favelas - self-construccion neigborhouds, poetry collectives, street art groups. Researcher: Christy Petropoulou (self-funded research)

The Invisible Cities research team organizes weekly meetings and discussions of critical bibliographic research (undergraduate, postgraduate students and researchers are involved), has organized the "contested borders - contested borderscapes" conferencehttp://www.contested-borderscapes.net, more than 20 scientific and academic publications:

  1. Petropoulou C., Vitopoulou Α. Tsavdaroglou C. (coord.), 2016. Urban and regional social movements.  Invisible Cities Research Group. e-book., 488p., ISBN 978-618-82533-0-8 : http://aoratespoleis.wordpress.com

  2. Gouvias D., Petropoulou C., Tsavdaroglou C., 2019 (coord). Contested Borderscapes.Transnational Geographies vis-à-vis Fortress Europe. May 2019, Invisible Cities Research Group. Thessaloniki-Mytilene, 196 p., ISBN: 978-618-82533-1-5 http://aoratespoleis.wordpress.com

B. Urban planning laboratory / group

Topics of interest

The Urban Planning Group of the Geography Department of the Aegean University is an open interdisciplinary place of research and encounters which supports the courses “Urban Planning”, “Housing Development”, “Urban Policies”, “Geography of Housing”, as well as the post-graduate course “Spatial Planning”.

It undertakes research studies in areas of Urban Planning

Research in progress

2018 - 2021: Research project “Estimating Seasonal Population via Night Time Satellite Images SEPT”. Program code 5761. Scientific Responsible: P. Baltas. Planning, Regional and Regional Development Engineer (University of Thessaly / TSFMA). Marble.

2014 - 2015: Research project "Cross-Border Cooperation for the Development of Marine Spatial Planning" of the Cross-Border Cooperation Operational Program "Greece - Cyprus 2007 - 2013" co-financed by the European Union ERDF and National Resources of Greece and Cyprus. Program Code 2562. Participation in Deliverables: (a) Selection Documentation of the MSPC Pilot Development Areas in the Aegean 2562-5.1.2. / MSP Principles for CSDP 2562-5.2.2., (D) Report on Analysis of Existing CSDP Conditions & Production of Maps 2562-5.3.3. Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, University of the Aegean. Mytilene.

2014-2017: Research project "Sustainable futures for Europe’s HERitage in CULtural landscapES: Tools for understanding, managing, and protecting landscape functions and values" (HERCULES). Grant agreement no: 603447. Scientific Responsible: Kizos Τ., Work package leader.

2013-2015: Research project “Sustainable future of European heritage through its cultural landscapes. Tools for understanding, managing and protecting landscape functions and values ”. Program code 2542-31137. Work Package Manager Th. Kizos. Department of Geography, University of the Aegean. Mytilene.

2013-2014 : Research project “Traditional settlements in Aegean sea: Factors that affect the change of character of traditional settlements in Aegean sea”, in the context of the integrated action “the Aegean University as a main actor for the economic and social development of the Aegean Sea” ESPA 2007-2013 MIS 355434 Dir. G. Tsilimingas.