Dr. Skayannis is Professor of Infrastructure Policy and Director of the Research Unit of Infrastructure, Technology Policy and Development in the Department of Planning and Regional Development at the University of Thessaly (DPRD-UTH) (www.uth.gr)
He is a qualified architect (Thessaloniki, GR) and holds an MA and PhD in urban and regional studies (Sussex, UK). He has been awarded three Pan-Hellenic architectural prizes and two distinctions related to teaching of entrepreneurship. He has been chairman of DPRD-UTH for four years and member of the University Senate for ten years, as well as member of several University committees and international-global and national congress organisation committees. Until August 2013 he was the director of the “European Regional Development Studies” Master’s Programme of DPRD (taught in English). Since 2003 he is the director of the Unit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the University of Thessaly. He has extensive experience as a researcher in infrastructure development and as a regional analyst and planner (75 research and consultancy projects). During 2009 he was visiting professor at Newcastle University (CURDS), UK. He has published widely in his fields of research (more than 150 publications of all kinds) and is author/editor/co-editor of five books.
Prof. Skayannis has served for years as one of the two national representatives of Greece to the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and until 2012 was a member of the Executive Committee of AESOP as well as and one of the two AESOP representatives to the Global Planning Education Association Network- GPEAN.
During 2011-2014 he was Member of the Executive Committee of the Organization for Planning and Environmental Protection of Athens appointed by the Mayor of Athens. In June 2011 he was elected Dean of the School of Engineering of the University of Thessaly (term finished in 2015) and in 2013 was appointed as the external examiner of the Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery (MIPAD) MSc. course in the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, UK. In parallel, for 2016 he is Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Development Planning Unit in the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, UK.