Laboratory Teaching Staff on Spatial Planning and Development in Rural Areas.
His research interests cover the spatial planning, spatial organization and development of rural areas, the strategic and operational planning in these areas, as well as planning and development in mountain areas. He also deals with thematic cartography and spatial statistics processing.
He has participated in research programs and studies, funded from EU and national institutions and organizations in Greece and Cyprus, and he has published on international scientific journals, conferences and workshops.
Ph.D. in Planning and Regional Development
Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
Engineering Diploma in Planning and Regional Development
Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
2014–present, Laboratory Teaching Staff (EDIP), Laboratory of Rural Space, University of Thessaly, Volos (Greece)
2002-2014, Permanent Staff, Researcher in the Department of Planning and Regional Development (Laboratory of Rural Space), University of Thessaly, Greece
1996-2002, Research Associate, Laboratory of Rural Space, University of Thessaly, Volos (Greece)
Participation as member of the core research team in research projects and programs implemented by the Laboratory of Rural Space of the University of Thessaly with Scientific Responsible: Dr. D. Goussios (Professor):
2017-2019: National Strategy for the Development of Troodos Mountain Communities, Cyprus, financed by Foundation Giannakis Papadouris
2016-2019: «HNV-Link: High Nature Value Farming: Learning, Innovation and Knowledge (Grant Agreement No 696391)», European programme HORIZON 2020,
2016: Expertise: Research for “Development of Livestock in the Mountainous Area of Farkadona Municipality: Prospects for Reconstruction and Development”
2012-2015: «LACTIMED: Agro-clusters locaux pour des produits laitiers mediterraneens typiques et innovants», strategic european programme ENPI CBCMED
2014-2015: «Routes and Heritage of the Nomadic World Heritage Site» Expertise financed by the Leader Program (transnational cooperation) KENAKAP SA
2013-2015: Participation in four local programs for the development of employment (local employment plans) of the Ministry of Employment: Network Cooperation (Axe: Cooperation), Almyros-Development (Axe: Innovation Actions of Development and Employment in the Municipality of Almyros), Thessalia and Action (Axe: Employment and Development Actions of the Thessalian rural Area) and Northern Sporades (Axe: Actions for the Development and Employment at Northern Sporades)
2011-2013: «ENERSCAPES : Territory, landscape and renewable energies», European programme MED
2011-2012: ««NOVAGRIMED: Agricultural Innovations in the Mediterranean», financed by Region of Thessaly participated in the European projet MED
2010-2011: «Scientific and Technical Support to the Municipality of Almyros preparing the Operational Programme for the Development Area Othris», financed by Development Company Limited OTHRYS SA
2008-2010: «Operational Plan of Almyros’ Municipality», financed by the Municipality of Almyros
2008-2009: «Operational Plan of Farkadonas’ Municipality», financed by the Municipality of Farkadona
2008-2009: «Operational Plan of Nessonas Municipality» Financed by the Municipality of Farkadona
2008-2009: “Defining areas of aquaculture development in North Aegean» as responsible of the residential spatial analysis and impact assessment and siting, Op. Manager: Margaris N.: University of the Aegean.
2008: «Strategic Plan of Development to Troodos’ region». financed by Development Agency of Marathassa- Ministry of Agriculture, Cyprus
2005-2008: «Social and inclusive economy and entrepreneurship –local society: support integrated». European Program EQUAL II. Financed by Ministry of Activity and Social Protection of Greece
2007: Scientific and technical support for the spatial and socio-economic analysis of Municipality of Kleinovos (SCHOOAP)
2006: «Protection and revival to the Marathasa’s region to Cyprus» Financed by Development Agency of Marathassa -Ministry of Agriculture, Cyprus
2006: “Technical support in organizing cultural events in Skopelos island», financed by Municipal Agency for Development of Skopelos
2006: «Strategic plan of the cultures’ reformation and the development of the rural areas at the Pieria’s Department», financed by the Pieria’s Department
2003: “Action plan for the participation of Greece in the Mediterranean LEADER”, expertise financed by Ministry of Agriculture of Greece
2003: “Promoting real convergence in the regions of Epirus, Thessaly, Western Macedonia and the Peloponnese”, expertise financed by: Ministry of Economy and Finance of Greece
2003: «Study on identifying and highlighting actions of the social economy in the context of the implementation of Regional Operation Program measures in accordance with the Thessalian specificities» expertise financied by the Region of Thessaly
2002-2004: “Network for the promotion of employment” of the Equal Community initiative, especially in the actions: i) “Exploiting & upgrading of existant researchs and studies, in order to preview the dynamics of the business and production systems”, ii) “Development of new skills, new qualifications and new jobs” and iii) “Coordination and monitoring – Control – Certification – Assessment” financed by Ministry of Employment and Social Assurances.
2002: “Integrated Program for the Development of Rural Areas: case of Othrys Magnisias”, financed by Region of Thessaly
1999-2000: «Territorial partition of Greek agriculture based on economic efficiency and redefinition of problematic agricultural areas with emplasis on mountainous, border and insular areas” financed by Agriculture Ministry of Greece
1997-1999, European Programme FAIR (CT96 FAIR3 1893) European Union «Cooperation of local actors for the organization management system of space».
Participation in research programs with other Scientific Responsible:
1998-1999, “Strategic Plan for the Development of Airport Infrastructure in Peloponnesus – Western Greece”, Sc. Responsible: Beriatos E.
1998, “Development Plan for Magnesia for the 21st century”, Sc. Responsible: Petrakos G.
1996-1997, “Environmental Protection of land and sea space of the islands of Cephalonia and Ithaca”, Cephalonia and Ithaca Foundation (IKI), MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, Sc.Responsible: Beriatos E.
1996-1997, “Recording of monumental heritage and creation of Cephalonia and Ithaca monuments file», Cephalonia and Ithaca Foundation (IKI), MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, Sc Responsible: Beriatos E.
1996-1997, Research Assistant in “study-research of residential development and summer residence in Greece”, Sc. Responsible: Loukissas F.
1996-1997, European project SMART (Strategic Actions Relating to Tourism Management) produced by the University of Thessaly in cooperation with the Prefecture of Magnesia, ESOS, European partners, L.p. DG XXIII tourism unit., Sc. Responsible: Loukissas F.
1996, “Study-research of residential development and summer residence in Greece”, Sc. Responsible: F. Loukissas,
1996, “Inventory of the Characteristics and the Needs of the Enterprises Members of the Chamber of Magnesia”, Sc. Responsible: Petrakos G.
1995, “Magnesia Development Study”, Sc. Responsible: Petrakos G.
1994, “Almyros Development Study”, Sc. Responsible: Petrakos G.
Research and Educational Cooperation with European Universities and Institutions
Based on the methodological and technological tools it has developed, the Rural Space Laboratory supports
2016-2018: the training of researchers of University of Tirana
2012+ : PhD candidates, and postgraduate students to prepare their thesis / postgraduate thesis coming from:
AgroParisTech, Institut des Sciences et Industries du Vivant et de l’Environnement, Paris France
Université de Montpellier III, Montpellier- France
Université Clermont –Auvergne (Blaise-Pascal), Clermont-Ferrand – France
Université de Lyon 2, Lyon- France
Université de Science and Technology Houari Boumediene, Department of Geography and Spatial Planning BAB EZZOUAR ALGER Algeria
2014+: undergraduate students in the preparation of graduate thesis and other forms of practical applications coming from:
Université Maine, Mans- France
Université de Tours, Tours – France
Université de Lyon 2, Lyon – France
MardakisP. (2007) Mutations and recompositions of spatial systems in rural areas, PhD Thesis, University of Thessaly.
Chapters in collective volumes
Lapujade J. Gaki, Mardakis P., Tsiboukas K., (2015) Investing in the Thessalian Diary Chain: Key to success. Investment Guide compiled under the LACTIMED project published in Greek and English
Goussios D et all., (2014), Developing the typical dairy products of Thessaly: Diagnosis and local strategy (greek, french and english)
Petrakos, G. and Mardakis, P. (1999) ‘The recent changes in the Greek system of urban centres’in Economou D. and Petrakos G.(eds) in Economou, D. and Petrakos G.(eds) The development of Greek cities: interdisciplinary approaches of urban analysis and policy, University of Thessaly Press-Gutenberg, pp.45-64.
Journals articles with reviews
Petrakos,G., Karaveli,E. and Mardakis,P. (2000) “Recent Developments in the Greek System of Urban Centers”, Environment and Planning: B, 27:169-181.
Petrakos, G. and Mardakis, P. (1997) “The recent changes of the Greek system of urban centres”, Topos, 12:77-103 (in Greek)
Journals articles without reviews
Goussios D., Gaki , Faraslis I., Mardakis P., Michalakis D., (2018) « The interdependence of High Nature Value Farming Systems and Territorial Development within High Nature Value farmland: The example of Pindos» in 5th Pan-Hellenic Conference on Planning and Regional Development, Volos, Greece
Saratsis Y., Mardakis P., (2018) “Local Networks and Local Development”, Paper Presented at the International Conference Local Networks and Social Integration, under the framework of the project EU Integration Agent3 ERASMUS+. Organized by Dimitra Educational Organization and the Municipality of Larissa, Larissa 7/6/2018. (in Greek)
Goussios D., Gaki , Mardakis P., (2016) “Crop restructuring in Thessaly: strategic pproductive reorientation of rural family Farms with a territorial dimension”, In 14th Panhellenic Conference on Rural Economy “New CAP and Rural Economy Reconstruction”, Volos, Greece
Goussios D. Mardakis P., Faraslis I., “The Farsala-Almyros route of 1809: Mapping the landscape through Leake’s descriptions,” in E’ conference of Almiros Studies, 14 October 2016
Goussios D. Mardakis P., Faraslis J. (2012) «Support tools for choosing local strategies of spatial arrangement of the renewable energies and landscape», 3rd Panhellenic Conference on Urban, regional planning and regional development.
Goussios D., Mardakis P.,Gaki D., Faraslis I.., (2010), «The territorial dimension of rural developpement planning: the case study of Troodos region in Cyprus», communication in the 10th Scientific Symposium of Cephalonia: Cities & Regions, Cephalonia, Greece
Goussios D., Mardakis P (2008) “Spatial recomposition and spatial directions for local government in the Prefecture of Karditsa” 1st Congress of the Prefecture of Karditsa Development 8-February 10, 2008.
Goussios D., Dyken MN, Mardakis P. (2006) «Forming a multidimensional and multilevel spatial database for the zoning of rural space», 4th National Conference “E-Government: the role of GIS”, held on 4 and 5 May 2006
Announcements in scientific conferences without proceedings
Gaki D., Louka K., Mardakis Pr., (2015), “Creation of a Social Cooperative Enterprise by a Cultural Association: the case of the Social Cooperative Enterprise Gatzanadiki Heritage “the ear”” In regional workshop networking «Strengthening the Social Economy and Entrepreneurship. Transfer of experiences to Thessalian level», Trikala, Greece
Gaki D., Louka K., Mardakis Pr., (2015), “female entrepreneurship in the rural areas» In Conference of Thessalian Diaspora, Larisa, Greece
Goussios D., Mardakis P. Tolias I. (eds) (2013) «The Cultural Sector in Thessaly: Situation and Perpectives » RIS3, Thessaly Regional Innovation Council.
Expert (expert consulted for specific contributions) in the scientific Periodical MEDI-TERRA issued with the cooperation of the CIHEAM and the Blue Plan in issue of 2009 “Rethinking rural development in the Mediterranean”.
Duquenne M-N. (eds) et all (2005), Local Specifics – Local Dynamics: A Guide to Exploring them, Equal Community Initiative, Action III, Action Axis: Productive System Dynamics / Employment / Entrepreneurship, Axis Coordinator: Laboratory of Rural Space, University of Thessaly (in Greek).