As part of its research activities, the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence, undertook, during 2010-13, to record the key points of a realistic “Greek plan” for the exit from the crisis that our country could adopt. The fruit of this effort, which was contributed by many scientists and experts, was the Study “Exiting the Crisis: Applicable Alternative Proposals” (Papazisis Publishers, Athens 2014), which focused primarily on the priorities and immediate actions of a national reconstruction plan, in order to maximize the real potential of our country.

One of the main conclusions that emerged was that tourism, agriculture and shipping are undoubtedly the priority areas of immediate return to the quickest exit from the crisis but also to fight galloping unemployment.

In this context, working groups were set up in the field of tourism, rural development and maritime policy of Greece. For the period, 2014-2017, the working groups have been upgraded to Research Units and each one is inspired by an interdisciplinary and policy-oriented approach, utilizing synergies between academics and experts. The aim is to formulate proposals as well as to practically contribute through educational and other training programs towards a Greek European Governance Policy in these areas, drawing on a comparative analysis of the best practices of other EU Member States and their appropriate implementation in Greek reality.

 

  • European Tourism Unit

    • Georgios Drakopoulos, General Director of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises
    • Ioannis Tzoannos, Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business
    • Pavlos Pezaros, Director of Agricultural Policy and Documentation – Ministry of Rural Development and Food

Aim

The aim of the European Tourism Unit is to contribute to the formation and implementation of a Greek Policy of European Governance in the tourism sector. The Unit aspires to pull together the efforts of renowned researchers in the country, to create synergies with the business world and the European tourism agencies and to address the potential of Greek youth available within the country. An emphasis will be placed on sustainable development and modern forms of tourism that can not only help Greece to exit the crisis as soon as possible, but will also ensure long term results. In addition, through our educational programmes, we aim for a more hands-on and applicable contribution in this area.

Topics

Within the Unit, two research groups, consisting of experienced faculty members and young PhD holders (including graduate students and PhD candidates), are already operating, while the addition of new areas of research is expected soon. Moreover, international collaborations between the Unit, European institutions and Universities are being completed. So far, the Unit’s researchers focus on the following topics:

  1. European tourism policy
  2. Education and Training in sustainable tourism in the EU – Certification systems
  3. New forms of tourism in the EU
  4. Tourism and Culture – Cultural Heritage Tourism
  5. Tourism Law
  6. Tourism, Renewable Energy Resources and Environment

In the context of the Unit’s projects, academic work is being prepared (Tourism Law), as well as the creation, in collaboration with other agencies, of a Centre and Network for sustainable tourism in Greece, which will utilize the experience of other EU member countries.

In the 2014-2015 academic year, specialized seminars concerning sustainable tourism were being held.

 

The team

Academic Supervisor

Professor Yannis Valinakis

 

Programme Coordinator

Dr. Panagiota Kouri

 

Academic Associates

Dr. Martha Chatziantoniou

Dimitra Papageorgiou, MA in Human Resource Management

 

  • Events

In cooperation with internationally renowned academic staff, the European Tourism Unit organizes the International Conference “Tourism as a tool for sustainable growth” in the island of Kos (May, 1st-3rd , 2015 ), as well as the special Spring Seminar (Spring School) on Sustainable Tourism, in Kos, which will be held from 25 to 30 April 2015.

The Kos International Conference is also supported by: International Federation for IT and Travel & Tourism, Bournemouth University, European Tourism Association and the National Centre of Sustainable Development.

The International Scientific Committee consists of:

  • Buhalis Dimitrios (Bournemouth University)
  • Antonioli Magda (University of Bocconi – Italy)
  • Clarke Alan (University of Pannonia – Hungary)
  • Fyall Alan (University of Central Florida – USA)
  • Inversini Alessandro (University of Bournemouth- United Kingdom)
  • Kozak Metin (University of Bournemouth- United Kingdom)
  • Ladkin Adele (University of Bournemouth – United Kingdom)
  • Lubbe Berendien (University of Pretoria – South Africa)
  • Litras Periklis (Technological Educational Institution of Athens, Greece)
  • Mariani Marcello (University of Bologna – Italy)
  • Michopoulou Eleni (University of Derby – United Kingdom)
  • Okumus Fevzi (University of Central Florida – USA)
  • Pantelidis Ioannis (University of Brighton – United Kingdom)
  • Panyik Emese (Portuguese Catholic University – Portugal)
  • Papathanassis Alexis (Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences – Germany)
  • Parra Lopez Eduardo (University of la Laguna – Spain)
  • Pedro Aurora (Bueno University of Valencia –Spain)
  • Pirnar Ige (Dokuz Eylül University – Turkey)
  • Ritalahti Jarmo (Haaga Helia University of Applied Sciences – Finland)
  • Scott Noel (University of Queensland – Australia)
  • Sigala Marianna (University of Aegean – Greece)
  • Song Haiyan (Hong Kong Polytechnic University – China)
  • Uysal Muzzo (Virginia Tech – USA)
  • Vitouladiti Ourania (Technological Educational Institution of Athens-Greece)
  • Mazaro Rosana (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte – Brasil)
  • Varvaressos Stelios (Technological Educational Institution of Athens-Greece)
  • Mihalič Tanja (University of Ljubljana – Slovenia)
  • Gretzel Ulrike (University of Wollongong – Australia)
  • Minghetti Valeria (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, CISET – Italy)
  • Zelia Breda (University of Aveiro – Portugal)
  • Zheng Xiang (Virginia Tech – USA)

«Priority areas for a new development: Tourism, Shipping, Agriculture/Fisheries»

The event took place on Tuesday, the 27th of November 2012, at the Information Office of the European Parliament in Greece (8 Amalia Ave, Athens).

Speakers:

    • Georgios Drakopoulos, General Director of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises
    • Ioannis Tzoannos, Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business
    • Pavlos Pezaros, Director of Agricultural Policy and Documentation – Ministry of Rural Development and Food

 «A coherent development prospect of Greece against the crisis»

The conference was held on Monday, the 2nd of July 2012, at the Information Office of the European Parliament in Greece (8, Amalia Ave, Athens).

 

  •  European Agricultural Unit

Aim

The aim of the European Agricultural Development Unit is to contribute to the formation and implementation of a Greek Policy of European Governance in the sector of agricultural development. The unit aspires to become a coherent link among science, agriculture, business and other agencies and the potential of our youth on a European, national and regional level. In addition, through our educational programmes, we aim for a more hands-on and applicable contribution in this area.

In the framework of the European 2020 strategy, a new prospect in agricultural development in Greece has been offered, which can contribute to sustainable development

Topics

1. The framework of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
2. Employment opportunities in agriculture/funding opportunities
3. Opportunities/possibilities in vegetable production/greenhouse crops
4. Opportunities/possibilities in the production of aromatic plants
5. Opportunities/possibilities in livestock production
6. EU Budget (CAP, regional policy)

The team

Academic Supervisor
Professor Napoleon Maravegias

Academic Associates
Professor Leonidas Louloudis, Agricultural University of Athens
Professor Pavlos Karanikolas, Agricultural University of Athens
Professor Konstantinos Akoumianakis, Agricultural University of Athens
Professor Moschos Polisiou, Agricultural University of Athens
Professor Georgios Zervas, Agricultural University of Athens
Professor Konstantinos Tsiboukas, Agricultural University of Athens
Demetris Psaltopoulos, Assistant Professor at the University of Patras
Giannis Doukas, PhD in European and International Studies at the University of Athens

Experts
Pavlos Pezaros, Honorary Director of Rural Policy, Ministry of Rural Development and Food

Young researchers (undergraduate and graduate students, PhD candidates and PhD’s) take part in the research activities conducted by the aforementioned team.

 

  • European Maritime Policy Unit

 

The aim of the European Maritime Policy Unit is to contribute to the formation and implementation of a Greek Policy of European Governance in the sector of maritime policy. In this direction, the Unit aims to highlight the Greek position, as reflected through the relation between institutional actors and the influence of pressure groups, to assess Greek efforts for the promotion of our country’s interests, in formulating or revising aspects of the European maritime policy, and to assess the implementation of agreements concluded on European maritime policy on behalf of Greece.

The Unit aspires to become a coherent link among, science, shipping, business and other agencies and the potential of our youth on a European, national and regional level. In addition, through our educational programmes, we aim for a more hands-on and applicable contribution in this area.

 

Topics

1. Geopolitical and energy transformations in the Eastern Mediterranean
2. Security of sea lanes of communication and energy supply in Europe. The role of Greece
3. Exclusive Economic Zone: energy and fisheries
4. Shipping
5. Maritime Policy

 

The team

Academic Supervisor
Dr Marina Skordeli, Director of the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence

Academic Associates
Professor Yannis Valinakis
Professor Ioannis Tzoannos, former Secretary General at the Ministry of Mercantile Marine
Associate Professor Nikolaos Farantouris

Experts:
Konstantinos Nikolaou, Owner and Director of KANERGY Ltd Energy Consulting

Young researchers (undergraduate and graduate students, PhD candidates and PhD’s) take part in the research activities conducted by the aforementioned team.