The Team

Dr. Stelios Gialis is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Greece, since 2014. He has studied Rural and Surveying Engineering and received his Ph.D. in Economic Geography and Regional Development in 2004. Between 2012 and 2015 he was jointly affiliated with the University of Georgia (UGA), US and the Hellenic Open University, Greece, doing post-doctoral research. He has published in many academic journals including Geoforum, European Urban and Regional Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Economic and Industrial Democracy etc. His research interests include Labour and Geography, the spatial divisions of flexible/ atypical/ informal employment, Urban restructuring and labor markets. In the “[e-Aegean] ResLab-Observatory”, he acts as the Project Manager and Principal Investigator.


Akis Kanelleas is a Rural & Surveying Engineer graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1997 and received his master’s degree (MA) in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Leeds UK in 1998. A well-rounded and highly-trained GIS Specialist with more than 20 years of experience acquired at Junior and Senior-level GIS positions held in engineering design, transportation construction management and Asset Management/Real Estate Companies; a motivated decision maker, possessing a strong combination of analytical and leadership skills, along with a well proven record of achievements within challenging environments. He has participated in many projects and has a strong interest in research, especially in Geography, Data Analysis and the development of GIS application environments. In the “[e-Aegean] ResLab-Observatory”, he acts as an external expert on web mapping and the process of building an Online Database.


Dr. Nikos Kapitsinis is an economic geographer with a background in political economy. He holds a BSc in Planning and Regional Development from the University of Thessaly, an MSc in European Regional Development Studies from the University of Thessaly, and an MRes in Regional Studies from the University of Groningen. He was awarded his PhD in Economic Geography in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol. He has worked as a research associate in the Welsh Economy Research Unit at Cardiff Business School. He is also a Regional Studies Association Fellow, and he has received the commendation for the Best Young Scientist Paper in the 4th Pan-Hellenic Congress of Urbanism, Spatial Planning and Regional Development in 2015. His main research interests pertain to uneven development and geographies of production and globalization. Current research projects include the geography of the Covid-19 pandemic. His work has been published in international top-ranked journals, such as Geoforum, Local Economy and European Planning Studies. In the “[e-Aegean] ResLab-Observatory”, he acts as a visiting researcher studying issues at the regional scale.


Dr. Kostas Gourzis studied Urban Planning & Development at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (BSc) and Economic Geography at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands (MSc). He was awarded a PhD for his research on the link between gentrification and labour market precarization, in the context of Athens, Greece, from the Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean. For his PhD, he was funded by a long-term scholarship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation and he also received a Fulbright mobility scholarship, for which he was jointly affiliated with the University of Georgia, US. He has worked as a senior researcher in various projects, whilst he is also an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean. He has published numerous papers in international scientific journals of high impact factor and in the proceedings of international scientific conferences. In the “[e-Aegean] ResLab-Observatory”, he acts as a senior researcher studying issues at the urban scale.


George Sykas is a PhD candidate in economic geography at the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean. He holds a BSc in Spatial Planning and Development from the Thessaloniki School of Engineering and a Master’s Degree in “Human Geography, Spatial Development, and Planning”. He has participated as a junior researcher and a trainer in the research project “A Place for Youth in Mediterranean EEA: Resilient and Sharing Economies for NEETs- YOUTHShare research project”. His research interests pertain to capital flows and spatial fixes, value chains, uneven development, and labour markets’ performance. He has published articles in the press regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on employment, and he has published a chapter in a collective volume regarding fixed capital formations in Attica, Greece. In the “[e-Aegean] ResLab-Observatory”, he acts as a junior researcher specializing on the transnational scale, and he participates in data collection, processing, and visualization.


Dimitris Psarologos holds a BSc in Geography from the University of the Aegean and currently is a masters student of Political Economy at the Department of Economics of the University of Athens. His interests include regional and labour inequalities, WebGIS applications, and data analysis. He has participated in the writing of two articles regarding the footprint of COVID-19 on employment which have been published in The Greek Review of Social Research and the scientific journal Geographies. This work has also been presented in two international scientific conferences—specifically, the conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics in 2021, as well as the Euro-Mediterranean Conference & Exhibition in 2020. Additionally, he has contributed to the visuals in papers published in international scientific journals such as European Urban and Regional Studies. In the “[e-Aegean] ResLab-Observatory”, he mainly works in data collection, processing, and visualization.


Anna Saroukou holds a BSc in Geography from the University of the Aegean and currently is a masters student of Urban and Regional Development at Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences. She has published her bachelor’s dissertation in the “Geographies” journal (in Greek), which was about the socioeconomic and spatial inequalities at the Greek Shipyards. Her research interests include regional and labour inequalities, regional development, and data analysis. She has worked as an intern collecting data and translating documents in the social cooperative enterprise “Social Analytics”. In the “[e-Aegean] ResLab-Observatory”, she works in data collection, processing, and visualization.


Mr. Ioannis Dimou is part of the IT staff at the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean. He holds a BSc degree in Computer Science and a MSc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He worked for a short time as a Software Development Engineer at Siemens until his appointment in the Department of Geography. In addition to his duties at the Department of Geography, he worked as a computer lab instructor at IEK Mytilene and the Lifelong Learning Center of Lesvos. Furthermore, he has been involved in research projects at the University of the Aegean, performing mainly software development work as well as computer support. His research interests include the development of web and mobile applications with Android OS, PHP programming, and web design. In the “[e-Aegean] ResLab-Observatory”, he works in IT support and has an active role in the automation of data collection and processing.


Mr. Gabriel Hiotellis holds a BSc degree in Mathematics from the University of the Aegean and a master’s degree in Information Systems from the University of Macedonia. Since 2006, he belongs to the IT staff of the Department of Geography, University of Aegean. He has experience on software and web development and has participated in several research projects at the University of Aegean, mainly as IT support and software developer. In the “[e-Aegean] ResLab-Observatory”, he works in IT support and has an active role in the automation of data collection and processing.