National Technical University of Athens, Department of Geography and Regional Planning (NTUA, Greece)

Organization overview. The National Technical University (NTUA) is the oldest and most prestigious educational institution of Greece in the field of technology and has contributed unceasingly to the country’s scientific, technical and economic development since its foundation in 1836. As far as the faculties are concerned, NTUA has at present a teaching and research permanent staff of approximately 700 members, all holding doctorates. Over the years, NTUA researchers established the excellence of the University in international R & D efforts. Currently, NTUA attracts funding for research from National and European sources that place it on the top of all Greek Academic and Research Institutions. Research is carried out in about 100 laboratories belonging to the various Faculties and Departments of the institution. All Faculties now offer graduate programmes that lead to Doctorates. There are approximately 1100 doctoral students presently enrolled. Teaching and research activities are carried out in nine Faculties, which are divided into Departments:

  • Faculty of Civil Engineering (5 Depts)
  • Faculty of Chemical Engineering (4 Depts)
  • Faculty of Architecture (4 Depts)
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (6 Depts)
  • Faculty of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (1 Dept)
  • Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering (3 Depts)
  • Faculty of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering (3 Depts)
  • Faculty of  Rural and Surveying Engineering (3 Depts)
  • Faculty of Sciences (4 Depts: Mathematics, Physics, Mechanics and Humanities)

The Department of Geography and Regional Planning belongs to the Faculty of Rural Surveying Engineering, one of the most prestigious institutions not only at the national but also at the international level. A number of research activities are carried out   mainly in the fields of Spatial Analysis, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Regional Sustainable Development, Resource Management, Environmental Management and Planning, Environmental Impact Assessment, Urban and Regional Planning, Foresight Methodologies, Project and Plan Evaluation Methods, Transport Planning, Impact Assessment of Telecommunication Networks. Teaching is also related to the above themes.

Key personnel. Maria Giaoutzi is Professor of Geography and Regional Planning at the National Technical University of Athens; Fellow of the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), at the Royal Dutch Academy, since 1991; Member of various international research networks; In the Editorial Board of a number of journals; Elected Chancellor at the Steering Committee of the International Regional Science Association (1990-94); Elected Member of the Executive Committee of I.G.U-C18 (Telecommunications)/ CNFG, 1992-95; President of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Tourism Organization Land Development Company (1998-2000); Consultant in International Organizations, such as OECD, EED, ERT, ESF, etc.; She has a long experience on issues related to Urban and Regional Planning, Information Society and Regional Development, Impact of New Technologies on Spatial Structures, Decision Support Systems, Telematic Applications, Trans European Networks, Project and Plan Evaluation and Monitoring, Foresight Methodologies, Technology Assessment, Integrated Assessment, e-Learning, Resource Management, etc.

Christos Dionelis is a Senior Researcher holding an MSc in Highways and Transport, from the City University of London (1983) and a Ph.D candidate at NTUA. His professional and research interests are on railways and highways engineering, transportation planning, Project and Plan Evaluation and Monitoring, Decision Support Systems, Trans European Networks.  He has been currently working with the Hellenic Railways Organisation, since 1985. He served as a permanent member of the TINA Secretariat in Vienna (June 1997- November 1999), as infrastructure specialist in the TINA process. He worked as a permanent consultant in the European Commission/ DG TREN - B2, in Brussels (2000- 2001). He worked as Advisor to the Minister, in the Cabinet of the Minister of Transport and Communications in Greece, (Oct. 1996- June 1997 and Jan. 2001-March 2004). He has been involved in numerous projects regarding Transport Planning, Project Evaluation, Infrastructure modernisation, Intermodal Transport Development, etc. He has the experience of many assignments in the CEECs, the Balkans, the CIS and Middle East countries.