Undergraduate Programme

Regional Development

Course goal

The course aims at understanding the factors involved and influence the design, implementation and effectiveness of regional development policies as well as the analysis and evaluation of the means for the implementation of regional development policies, both conceptually and empirically. Upon completion of the course, students will acquire a critical perspective towards the “classic” tools of regional development policies.

Course subject

The course consists of 13 lectures covering the major scientific fields of regional economics:
Lecture 1: Basic concepts for space and development
Lecture 2: Theories of regional inequality I
Lecture 3: Theories of regional inequality II
Lecture 4: Empirical investigation of regional inequalities in Greece and the EU
Lecture 5: Necessity, objectives and dilemmas of regional policy
Lecture 6: Context for the implementation of regional policy
Lecture 7: Means for the implementation of regional policy I
Lecture 8: Means for the implementation of regional policy II
Lecture 9: EU regional policy: Overview (1957-2013)
Lecture 10: Greek regional policy: Overview (1957-2013)
Lecture 11: EU regional policy: Next programming period (2014-2020)
Lecture 12: Economic crisis and regional resilience
Lecture 13: Regional development strategies


Students’ performance evaluation will be based on class participation (20%) and on final exams (80%).


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