Professor Alex Deffner
Dipl. Arch. NTUA (Athens), MSc Regional & Urban Planning Studies (London School of Economics and Political Science: LSE), Ph.D. Planning Studies (LSE). Since 2013 he is Professor of Urban and Leisure Planning at the Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly Volos, Greece. Since 2003 he is Director of the Laboratory of Tourism Planning, Research and Policy, and since 2009 he is the Director of the Postgraduate Program ‘Urban and Regional Planning’.
Formerly he was Scientific Collaborator at the National Centre for Social Research as a member of the Institute of Urban and Rural Sociology. In 2013 he moved, in the context of the Erasmus Programme at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, University of London. He was Academic Visitor in 2008 at the Hafen City University, Hamburg, and in 2005 at the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London. His research experience includes: urban regeneration - city marketing - museum marketing - parks and culture - city networks - urban green - place marketing of cultural heritage - participation in planning - marine parks - sustainable tourism planning - strategic and sustainable planning and development - integration, planning and metropolitan development in Southeastern Europe - observatories of spatial planning - European Capitals of Culture - Atlas of Greece - second homes. He has been scientific co-ordinator of the various programmes relating to urban and leisure planning.
His publications in English focus on urban cultural and time planning, tourism planning, as well as city marketing.
He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Greek journal Aeihoros: Papers in Urban and Regional Planning and Development, and Consulting Editor of the international journal Tourismos, as well as a referee in international journals. Currently he is teaching the postgraduate courses: Urban Policy, Theories of Space and Planning, Special Topics in Spatial Policies, Leisure Activities and Sustainable Urban Development. He is also teaching the undergraduate courses: Planning Theories, Urban Renewal, Regeneration and Development, Leisure and Tourism Planning, Place Marketing, Event Planning and Management. He has also given lectures to students of foreign universities.
personal web page: http://www.prd.uth.gr/en/staff/a_deffner
laboratory web page: http://www.prd.uth.gr/sites/tourism/index.htm