The Research Unit of Infrastructure, Technology Policy and Development (RUITEPOD) was established in 1996 (P.D. 286/96, Government Gazette Α/200/ 27-8-96) and is operating at the facilities of the Department of planning and Regional Development of the University of Thessaly.
The Research Unit’s objective is to conduct research, support teaching activities and develop scientific human resources in the fields of telecommunications and Information Society, technology policy, innovation policy and transport (and all infrastructures in general).
RUITEPOD concentrates mainly on education and research in the fields of analysis, planning, management and evaluation of technical, economic and social infrastructure and technology policy. The role of infrastructures and technology in achieving sustainability at the city or regional level comprises a research interest of special importance for RUITEPOD. RUITEPOD maintains a geographical focus in the relevant challenges in Greece and the wider regions of South-Eastern Europe and the Balkans. In the international level, the unit’s research activity includes, among others, an ongoing four years partnership with the OMEGA Centre for Mega Projects in Transport and Development (UCL, London) to undertake research on Greek Mega Transport projects regarding their governance and performance in achieving sustainability and coping with risk and complexity. In the field of entrepreneurship and innovation, RUITEPOD has carried out a number of consulting and research projects and has also created the Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MOKE) which is responsible for the entrepreneurship education and promotion across the University of Thessaly (http://moke.uth.gr).