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Applied Geography and Spatial Planning

The Department of Geography

The Department of Geography which operates for 10 years now has 19 members of staff as well as a large number of administrative personnel and supporting staff. The Department combines Human, Natural and Applied Geography, offering a truly multidisciplinary degree to young people. The Department also runs a Postgraduate Programme, which leads to three distinct specialties: a) Management of Natural and Human Induced Hazards, b) European Policies, Planning and Spatial Development, and c) Geoinformatics. Although Geography is a novel academic and research area for Greece, the number of applicants for postgraduate studies rises significantly each year.

Postgraduate Programme “Applied Geography and Spatial Planning”

The Department of Geography commenced its Postgraduate Studies Programme (PSP) entitled: Applied Geography and Spatial Planning during the academic year 2005-2006. The PSP has duration of three semesters (two semesters of taught courses and one semester dedicated to the postgraduate thesis) and operates three streams:

Stream A: Management of Natural and Human Induced Hazards which aims at acquiring knowledge on the natural and environmental risks and their interpretations, the analysis of the natural processes which are related to disasters, the social and economic impacts of disasters, the concept of vulnerability, the use of modern technologies for the management of disasters, the prevention policies and the preparedness, as well as the emergency and disaster recovery management.

Stream B: European Policies, Planning and Spatial Development which aims at acquiring knowledge on the European institutions and the European integration processes, the spatial planning at regional, national and European level, the urban and rural development/ restructuring of Europe, the social exclusion and segregation in cities, and the migration policy and flows at different scales. In addition, there is training on methods of scientific research in geography and spatial analysis.

Stream C: Geoinformatics which aims at acquiring knowledge in technologies of geoinformatics and their special applications for analyzing geographical data, the spatial data bases, the sophisticated techniques of utilizing geographical information systems and remote sensing and the simulation/modeling of geographical data. In addition, there is training on methods of scientific research in geography and spatial analysis.

Each Stream is essentially independent, although there are a number of common courses. The courses are organized in the form of lectures and/or seminars, while apart from the teaching staff of the Department, there are invited speakers from Greece and abroad.

The Postgraduate Programme aims at educating officials who will be in position to plan and manage interventions at different scales in the urban and regional space, at training specialists who will be able to work in public sector, private sector and/or third sector organizations, and at promoting research and production of original knowledge in the domain of Applied Geography and Spatial Planning.

The Postgraduate Programme awards the Prostgraduate Diploma of Specialization in the domain of the three Streams outlined above.

The official bodies for the organization and operation of the Postgraduate Programme are the General Assembly of Special Composition in the Department of Geography, the Coordinating Committee and the Director of Postgraduate Studies.