RDPRU - Research Projects & Studies

The RDPRU has acquired extensive experience in project management by participating either as a scientific coordinator or as a member of the consortium. At the same time, it has contributed in carrying out several studies that have been conducted on a national as well as international level. This is an indicative list of the research projects and studies that the RDPRU has been involved since 1995:


1a. Scientific coordinator

  • 2004-2006. The moving frontier: the changing geography of production in labour intensive industries (MOVE). In cooperation with Domanski B., Kalantaridis C., Kilvits K., Roukova P. Financed by the European Commission, 6th Framework Programme
  • 2000-2002. The future of Europe’s rural periphery: the role of entrepreneurship in responding to employment problems and social marginalisation (FERP). In cooperation with Ferrao J., Herdzina K., Kalantaridis C., Piacescki B., Smallbone D., Financed by European Commission, 5th Framework Programme
  • 2000-2002. Rural entrepreneurship and employment in transition (Russia, Ukraine) (RURET). In cooperation with Kalantaridis C., Kalugina Z. Makhmutov A., Pityoulych M. Financed by INTAS- The International Association for the Promotion of Cooperation with Scientists from the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union
  • 2000. The role of emigrants from the CEEs in the economy of Thessaloniki (in Greek). In cooperation with Brahimi B., Chatziprokopiou P., Lyberaki A. Financed by the European Union, INTEMIGRA-INTERREG IIC- CADSES, and the Region of Central Macedonia
  • 2000. Statistical data on the Albanian emigrants in Thessaloniki. Financed by the European Commission (INTEMIGRA) / Region of Central Macedonia.
  • 2000. Greek Investments in Bulgaria (in Greek). In cooperation with Argiropoulo S., Financed by the Inter-Balkan and Black Sea Business Centre
  • 1999-2000. A comparative analysis of economic conditions in the Christian and the Pomacks – Muslim communities of the mountainous areas of Rodopi and Xanthi (in Greek). Financed by the University of Macedonia
  • 1998-1999. Strategic Plan for the development of the Prefecture of Rodopi (in Greek). In cooperation with Akrivopoulou L. Financed by the Development Company of the Prefecture of Rodopi / Planet
  • 1997-1998. Ex-post evaluation of the anticipated economic implications from the Cultural City of Thessaloniki 1997 (in Greek). In cooperation with Ioannou D., Katsika I. Financed by the European Cultural City ‘Thessaloniki ‘97’/ Euroconsultants S.A.
  • 1997. The Greek industry and the developments in central and Eastern Europe: potentials and challenges (in Greek). In cooperation with Kalantaridi C., Karagianni St., Katsika I. Volumes 2. Financed by the Ministry of Industry, Research and Technology
  • 1996-1998. The economic impacts on the development of Greece and Northern Greece in particular induced by the opening of the Greek industry to the Balkans (in Greek). In cooperation with Karagianni St., Katsika I., Mavroudea St., Ziko S., Financed by the General Secretary of Research and Technology
  • 1996. Textile and garment industry in the Prefectures of Drama, Kavala and Xanthi (in Greek). In cooperation with Andria G., Karagianni St., Linardo-Rylmon P..Financed by the Ministry of Industry, Research and Technology


1b. Member of research teams

  • 2007. Generating interethnic tolerance and neighbourhood integration in European urban spaces (GEITONIES). In cooperation with Fonseca M. L. FLUL (scientific coordintator) University of Lisbon Portugal, IMES- University of Amsterdam, ISR- Austrian Academy of Science Austria, University of Deusto, CMR- University of Warsaw.Financed by the European Commission, General Directorate ‘Research’ (7th Framework Programme STREP)
  • 2006. New peoples’ relations in the Eastern Mediterranean (PEOPLES). In cooperation with the Italian Regions of Puglia, Campania and Basilicata, the Prefecture of Dodecanese, the Prefectural Authority of Samos and Heraklian and the Region of Eastern Macedonia-Thrace Financed by the European Union and the General Secretariat of Research and Technology
  • 2006. Impacts on the employment and the specializations of the employees, significant structural changes in the conditions for exercising entrepreneurial activity in Greece (in Greek). In cooperation with the Labour Institute of the General Confederation of Greek Labour Financed by the Ministry of Development
  • 2006. Challenges and prospects of cross-border cooperation in the context of EU enlargement (CBCED). In cooperation with Liuhto K., Rogut A., Smallbone D. (scientific coordinator), Todorov K., Venesaar U., Welter F. Financed by the European Commission, General Directorate ‘Research’ (6th Framework Programme STREP
  • 2004. Technological perspective research into Central Macedonia: Economic space of Southern-East Europe (in Greek). In ccoperation with Aggelidi P., Foutaki D., Kairidi D., Kafkala G. (scientific coordinator), Koutsoupia N., Tsiakiri S. Financed by the Research Commission of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • 2004. Gender, domestic work and ethnic identity: the intercultural structure of domestic space in Greece (in Greek). In cooperation with Papataxiarchi Α., Τopali P. et. al. Financed by the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, Pythagoras
  • 2002-2005. Urban – rural relations in Europe. In cooperation with Bengs C. (scientific coordinator), Davoudi S., Marques da Costa E., Prezioso M., Robert J., Spehl H., Zonnevelt W. Financed by the European Spatial Planning Observatory Network (ESPON)
  • 2002-2005 Scenarios for reconciling biodiversity conservation with declining agricultural use in the mountains of Europe (BIOSCENE). In cooperation with Halada L., Hunziker M., Marty P., Mitchell R., Mitchley J. (scientific coordinator), Olsson G., Pantis J., Partidario M., Røenningen K. Financed by the European Union
  • 1998-1999. Studies on young entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs, co-entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs from ethnic minorities in the EU. In cooperation with Johnson St., Smallbone D. Financed by the European Commission, General Directorate of ‘Enterprises and Industry’
  • 1998-1999. Evaluation of the impact of European policies on the Aegean islands (in Greek). In cooperation with Kokkosi Ch. (scientific coordinator), Maeavegia N., Chioti G. Financed by the Ministry of the Aegean
  • 1998-1999. European Space and Territorial Integration Alternatives. Spatial Development strategies and policy integration for the South East Europe. In cooperation with Cooke Ph., Geshev G., Getimis P., Kafkalas G. (scientific coordinator), Spiridonova J. Financed by the Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Planning Works
  • 1997-1999. Post Fordist regional development strategies in Europe. Scientific coordinator, Morgan B., University of Glamorgan Financed by the European Union, Socrates
  • 1996-1998. Spatial consequences of European policies (in Greek). In cooperation with Andrikopoulou E., Ioakeimidi P., Kafkala G., Komnino N., Kourtesi A. Financed by the Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Planning Works
  • 1996-1998. Network of researchers for vocational training and employment (in Greek). In ccoperation with Chassid I., Kotti G., Koutroumpi I., Litina N., Loukaki P., Papagiannaki L., Stefani V., Vasilou-Papageorgiou V., Vernadakis N. Financed by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology
  • 1996-1998. Internationalisation, inter-firm linkages and SME development in central and Eastern Europe. In cooperation with Damyanov A., Piacecki Β., Smallbone D., Venessar U. Financed by the European Union, Phare ACE
  • 1996. Informal forms of industrial production cooperation and the urban space in the capital (in Greek). In cooperation with Hadjimichali K., Chronaki Z., Georgiou Z., Golemi B., Vaiou D. Financed by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology
  • 1996. “Analysis of the regional productive system of Central Macedonia”. In: Regional Technological Plan of Central Macedonia (in Greek)Scientific coordinator, Komninos N. Volumes 4. Financed by the European Union
  • 1995. Research on the development of agrotourism in mountainous communities of the Peonia County (in Greek). In cooperation with Ananika L., Barka A., Iakovidou O. (scientific coordinator), Kazakli A., Kazana V., Valavanidou A. Volume 1 (mimeo) Financed by INTERREG I
  • 1995. Spatial planning management and environmental protection of the environment from concentrated industrial activities in coastal areas (in Greek). In cooperation with Andrikopoulou E., Foutaki D., Kallidopoulou V., Kafkala G. (scientific coordinator), Lagopoulo A. Volume 1 (mimeo). Financed by the Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Planning Works



2a. Scientific coordinator

  • 2001-2002. Labour force survey in Albania (in Greek). In cooperation with the Albanian Centre for Economic and Social Studies. Financed by the Greek Manpower Employment Organisation.
  • 2000-2001. Survey for the orientation of interventions related with the employment in manufacturing and services in Thessaloniki.
    Financed by Ministry of Development
  • 1999-2000. Strategic planning of regional and corss-border transit centres in Western Macedonia (in Greek). Financed by the Prefecture of Western Macedonia
  • 1997-1999. Evaluation of Community Support Framework for Western Macedonia. Financed by EU/Ministry of National Economy


2b. Team member

  • 2002. Metropolitan governnce in the Greater Area of Thessaloniki. In cooperation with Andrikopoulou E., Giannakou A., Kafkala G. (scientific coordinator), Papamicho N., Pitsiava M., Kafkalas G. Financed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs
  • 2000-2002. Action plan for a strategic development plan for Thessaloniki. In cooperation with Kafkala G., Papamicho N.Financed by the Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Planning Works.