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Mediterranean Cities and Island Communities

Smart, Sustainable, Inclusive and Resilient

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  • Presents the latest research on smart and sustainable, inclusive and resilient regional development
  • Includes cases and examples from Mediterranean cities and insular communities
  • Provides best practices for smart, sustainable, inclusive and resilient urban and regional planning

Part of the book series: Progress in IS (PROIS)

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This book addresses the issue of smart and sustainable development in the Mediterranean (MED) region, a distinct part of the world, full of challenges and risks but also opportunities. Above all, the book focuses on smartening up small and medium-sized cities and insular communities, taking into account their geographical peculiarities, the pattern of MED urban settlements and the abundance of island complexes in the MED Basin. Taking for granted that sustainability in the MED is the overarching policy goal that needs to be served, the book explores different aspects of smartness in support of this goal’s achievement. In this respect, evidence from concrete smart developments adopted by forerunners in the MED region is collected and analyzed; coupled with experiences gathered from successful, non-MED, examples of smart efforts in European countries. More specifically, current research and empirical results from MED urban environments are discussed, as well as findings from or concerning other parts of the world, which are of relevance to the MED region. The book’s primary goal is to enable policymakers, planners and decision-making bodies to recognize the challenges and options available; and make to more informed policy decisions towards smart, sustainable, inclusive and resilient urban and regional futures in the MED. 

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Table of contents (12 chapters)


“The book is a fascinating collective volume that offers a useful overview of what is feasible at the very local level, adopting an intriguing perspective according to which ‘mayors can change the world’.” (Nordicum-Mediterraneum, Vol. 15 (1), 2020)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Geography and Regional Planning, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Zografou Campus, Athens, Greece

    Anastasia Stratigea

  • Department of Geography, School of Social Sciences, University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Greece

    Dimitris Kavroudakis

About the editors

Anastasia Stratigea is Professor of Spatial Planning and Policy at the National Technical University of Athens, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Greece. She is a member of international networks (NECTAR, COST A22, EFONET, etc.), Co-founder of Smart Cities and Communities – Mediterranean Cluster, Member of Smart Grid – Smart Cities / German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning - ARL, Coordinator of Gr-RAC - IYGU / IGU Initiative. She is author, co-editor, and co-author of 6 books, while she has published 20 book chapters and over 90 refereed journal and international conference publications. She is reviewer of a number of international journals and has participated in EU and national projects both as member of a research team and a coordinator. Her research interests focus on Sustainable Development, Urban and Regional Planning and Policy, Spatial Planning, Participatory Planning, Smart Cities and Communities, ICTs and Urban / Regional Development, ICTs and Rural Development, Culture/Tourism and Urban/Regional Development, Foresight Methodologies, etc.
Dimitris Kavroudakis is an Assistant Professor of “Geographical Analysis” in the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Greece. He has studied Computer Info Systems in the American College of Greece (DEERE); and Geography in the University of the Aegean. He has an MSc in GIS, University of Leeds, UK; and a PhD in Geography, University of Sheffield, UK. He has worked as post-doc researcher in the UCL (CASA), University of Sheffield; and the University of the Aegean. He has been involved in high quality geographical research and scientific publications. His research interests include location analysis, spatial analysis and statistics, spatial economics, network analysis, GIS, open source and economic geography, Web-GIS, visualization, EU population inequalities and open source GIS development. He adopts new approaches in geographical analysis, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Agent-Based Modelling; and supports new computational paths, such as Grid Computing and large scale distributed modelling.

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