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Name: Giorgos Gritzas  

PositionAssistant Professor at School of Spatial Planning and Development, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Geography, Social & Solidarity Economy and Spatial Development

Tel: +302310995450, +306972393211




Research Interests

Key words:  

Geography, Diverse economies, Alternative economic and political spaces, Commons, Social and solidarity economy, Spatial development


Diverse economies. Community economies. Alterity. Autonomous Geographies. Alternative spaces and the role, between others, of the: place, scale, networking, social movements and state in their emergence, formulation and longevity. Alternative spaces and social innovation / creativity

Alternative approaches and policies of spatial development (de-growth, post-development). Localization, globalization and local development. Eco-communities, eco-villages.

The role of social and solidarity economy in spatial development. Productive cooperatives, agriculture cooperatives, consumer cooperatives. Social enterprises. Community supported agriculture. Ethical trade. Alternative food networks. Alternative exchange networks, local – community – complementary currencies, time banks. Ethical banks, microfinance, credit unions. Community management of: waste, renewable sources of energy, water. Peer-to-peer production.

Teaching (Courses)

PhD supervision

Post-graduate level

Graduate level

School of Spatial Planning and Development, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Greece:

 School of European Culture Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Hellenic Open University, Greece



Recent Publications


Recent research activity:

2013-14 “Alternative economic spaces in Greece at the era of crisis”. Financed by research committee of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Member of conferences’ scientific board and organizing committees

Member of the Greece Chamber of Engineers