Department of Geography

Prof. Theano S. TERKENLI


The University of the Aegean (UAegean) was founded in 1984. It is a Network University of “academic ports of studies and research”, successfully established in 6 campuses spread across the Aegean Archipelago, in a unique academic, natural, cultural and human environment. It is a strong academic, social and economic factor and acts as Regional Innovator in the two Greek regions of the Aegean Archipelago, the North and the South Aegean Regions. The research team is formed mainly by members of the Department of Geography (, the first Department of Geography in the country, founded in 1994 as an establishment of academic activity, world-status research, and preparation for professional practice. Research activities in the Department encompass a wide spectrum of expertise, including theoretical and applied human geography and analysis of socio-economic processes, physical geography and environmental management, sustainable development and urban and regional planning, cartography and geo-information science and technology, as well as geographical education.


Scientific team

Prof. Theano S. Terkenli (F) Professor and founding member of the Department of Geography. Faculty and representative of the Department of Geography at the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Tourism Planning, AdEnvironmentalministration and Policy of the University of the Aegean (1999-today).


Education: Ph. D. in Geography, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA (1986-1993); Master’s (M. Sc.) in Landscape Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (1983-1986) and B.Sc. in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1978-1983).


Expertise: human / cultural geography, tourism, rural & urban landscape, development, identity, globalization, social scientific research methodologies.


Aikaterini Gkoltsiou (F) Senior Researcher,President of the Panhellenic Association of Landscape Architects Education: Ph.D. in Geography (University of the Aegean), Master’s in Landscape Architecture (University of Edinburgh), Diploma in Agriculture (Agricultural University of Athens).


Expertise: landscape character assessment, tourism, agritourism, G.I.S. and landscape mapping.


Pavlos Chatzigrigoriou (M) Senior Researcher


Education: Civil Engineer with a MSc in Architecture (Conservation and Restoration) another MSc in Environmental City Planning and a PhD in Architecture (Digital Heritage).


Expertise: cultural documentation, preservation of endangered heritage, digital systems connecting both tangible and intangible aspects of cultural heritage.


Other staff: 2 Ph.D. candidates, one administrative person; and external researchers (Ph.Ds).

Participation in European/FP and other related projects


COST Action IS1204 “Tourism, Wellbeing and Ecosystem Services”, Collaborative project for tourism, eco-system services and health, 2013-2017 (


MedScapes “Development of Landscape Character Assessment as a tool for effective conservation of natural heritage in the Eastern Mediterranean”: (ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin) - ΙΙ-Β/2.1/0292 [2014-2016].


VOLANTE “Visions Of LANd use Transitions in Europe”- FP7-ENVIRONMENT- 265104 [2010-2015]. FP7 large-scale integrated project


HERMeS “HERitage Management e System”. Α Digital Heritage Collection of Historic Buildings

Main tasks and interest in this project

  • Participation and research activities in WP1, WP2 and WP3

  • Contributions to dissemination WP4 and management WP5

  • Hosting of minimum one workshop

  • In charge of the Greek case study

Case Study 10: Cyclades Islands (Greece). This case study includes both over-touristed areas such as Mykonos and Santorini as well as under-touristed ones in the more peripheral islands. Cultural tourism includes gastronomy, architecture, religious sites and folklore.