CENTRE OF PLANNING AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (KEPE)

Website: www.kepe.gr

The Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE) was established in 1959 as a research unit, under the title “Centre for Economic Research”, to methodically study the challenges faced by the Greek economy, encourage economic research in Greece, and further cooperation with other scientific institutions. In 1964, the Centre acquired its present name and organizational structure along with the additional charges of (a) preparing short, medium and long-term development plans (including plans for local and regional development, and public investments); (b) analyzing contemporary developments in the Greek economy, engaging in short and medium-term forecasts, and formulating proposals for development policies; (c) training young economists in the fields of planning and economic development. KEPE’s research focuses on macroeconomic analysis and forecasts, fiscal and monetary policies, human resources and social policies, sectoral and regional economic analyses and development policies. Since April 2019, KEPE acts as the National Productivity Board for Greece.

The contribution of ΚΕΠΕ to the «Intelligent Research Infrastructure for Shipping, Supply chain, Transport and Logistics (EN.I.R.I.S.S.T.)» project concerns the collection and processing of data for the development of information systems and tools for monitoring and improving/optimizing agri-logistics transport decisions, supply chains and networks of logistics centers, tourism and relevant value-added trade activities to support the sustainable tourism development, and energy products (emphasizing on renewable energy resources) in the maritime transport and supply chains.

Members of Research Teams

Theodore Tsekeris Project Leader of the KEPE-EN.I.R.I.S.S.T. He is a Senior Research Fellow in Transport Economics and Spatial Development at KEPE. He has held academic research positions at the University of California at Berkeley and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, and currently holds an Extraordinary Professorship at the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He has taught at the Panteion University of Athens and the University of Thessaly. He studied Civil Engineering and Transportation Planning and Economics at the City, University of London (B.Eng. Honours), Imperial College and University College London (M.Sc.) and National Technical University of Athens (Ph.D.). He has extensively published in high-impact peer-reviewed international journals in the fields of regional/urban economics, transportation, economic geography, network analysis, spatial planning, infrastructure management and evaluation. Among others, he has supervised research projects/studies for the national growth plan, regional development, transport, infrastructure, tourism and trade, and he coordinates the National Productivity Board for Greece. He serves as member of editorial boards and reviewer in books/ journals and external evaluator of funded research programmes worldwide (U.S.A., EU, Canada, Netherlands, China, UAE, Chile, Poland etc.).
URL: http://www.kepe.gr/index.php/en/profil-cb/userprofile/tsek

Georgia Skintzi: He is a Senior Research Fellow in Production Economics at the Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE) since 2009. She holds a PhD in Management Science (Athens University of Economics and Business – AUEB), an MSc in Operational Research (London School of Economics) and a BA in Economics (AUEB). She received the scholarship HRAKLEITOS for her doctoral research and the scholarship PYTHAGORAS II for her postdoctoral research in supply chain management and inventory control (AUEB). She has published her research in international journals, and she has participated in several research projects. Her research interests are on supply chain management, inventory control, decision making and production economics.
URL: https://www.kepe.gr/index.php/el/profil-cb/userprofile/gskintzi.html

Vassilis Lychnaras: He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE), since 2009, in the field of Energy Economics specialized in RES. From 1999 to 2010, he worked as an external researcher at the Center for Renewable Energy Sources & Saving, as well as at the Agricultural University of Athens, in the field of Agricultural Economics and Economics of Bioenergy. Additionally, he has also been employed in the private sector as a Scientific Advisor on Bioenergy issues. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics, focused on Bioenergy and an MSc in International Economics and Finance. He has published a significant number of research papers and he has participated in a numerous research conferences. Additionally, he has been involved in a number of research projects relevant to his scientific field. His research field focuses on Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Renewable Energy Sources, Bioeconomy, Agricultural Economics & Policy, Planning and Economic Analysis.
URL: https://www.kepe.gr/index.php/el/profil-cb/userprofile/vlychn.html