ESR14: Exploring the sustainable development potential of CWS in local development strategies of peripheral and rural towns; a comparative approach between Greece and Germany

Host: Panteion University, Athens Greece, Supervisor: Vasilis Avdikos

1 PhD position, full-time

Duration: September 2021 – August 2024

This ESR project will explore the ways that CWS can contribute to the goal of sustainable development, either in a local or national context or through the programming of European Union Cohesion Policy (especially with place-based policies that aim to foster the revitalisation of lagging and remote rural regions and shrinking cities). The aim is to delineate how CWS have their own space in local development agendas that focus on sustainable development, and in what ways these agendas understand the use and functions of CWS aiming at the further promotion of the goal of sustainable development. This project will benefit from a comparative qualitative approach between two different political and administrative case studies, that is the Region of Western Greece and the Region of Saxony in Germany.

The fellow will be integrated in the PhD training programme of the Department of  Economic and Regional Development, Panteion University Athens Greece

Secondments are foreseen at the Leibniz-Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig, Germany, the Saxon Association of Cultural & Creative Industries, Dresden, Germany and the Region of Western Greece.


  • Development of the theoretical and conceptual framework of the study
  • Design case study methodology approach
  • Comparative analysis of data gathered in case studies
  • Development of conceptual, methodological, empirical and policy implications


  • Masters’ degree in regional development, spatial planning, economics, human geography or another discipline corresponding to the topic of the project
  • good knowledge of qualitative methodologies
  • fluency in English
  • good knowledge of IT-based communication tools
  • readiness to participate in secondments, conferences and workshops
  • excellent communication skills
  • strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and in working in a cooperative and flexible team environment

The fellow should contribute to the outreach of the project, especially by:

  • Elaborating a PhD thesis
  • Active participation in progressing the ITN’s publications (WP monographs, journal articles)
  • Active participation in scientific conferences, policy workshops etc. at national and EU level
  • Participation in media communication, in the development of a web-based glossary, in creating video clips and podcasts and in disseminating project information at the EU level using the European Commissions’ communication tools 

For further information you may contact:

Assistant Prof. Vasilis Avdikos,

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 955907.