Louis WASSENHOVEN

l.wassenhoven@dpu-associates.net

Specialisation
Teaching, research and consultancy: Urban and regional planning, spatial sustainable development, territorial governance, urban redevelopment and regeneration, planning theory.
Country experience
Greece, Great Britain, European Union countries, Indonesia.


Languages
Greek (mother tongue), English, French.


Educational and professional qualifications

1961-
Member, Technical Chamber of Greece (also member of associations of Greek Architects and of Greek Urban and Regional Planners).
1991-2005
Member, Royal Town Planning Insitute, UK (retired member since 2005).

1980
A PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London.

1971
Postgraduate Diploma in Planning, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.

1967
Certificate of Studies in Town Planning Techniques, Ministry of Housing, France.

1961
Master in Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

EMPLOYMENT AND APPOINTMENTS

2005-
Professor Emeritus, National Technical University of Athens (Greece), and Researcher, Laboratory for Spatial Planning and Urban Development; teacher in postgraduate courses; supervisor of doctoral students.

Regular Teacher (urban and regional planning), Postgraduate Course in Regional Administration, Greek National School of Public Administration; supervisor of postgraduate students.

Independent consultant(urban and regional planning), Greece.

1983-2005
Full Professor (urban and regional planning), Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

1985-2005
Director, Laboratory for Spatial Planning and Urban Development, National Technical University of Athens.

2001-04
Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation.

2001-02
Chairman of the Greek National Council for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development.

1987-90
Chairman, Greek Centre of Development Studies / Director of European Community – funded training programmes.

1987
Chairman, Urban Planning Committee for the National 5-year Development Plan of Greece.

1982-83
Professor, Chair of Town Planning II, National Technical University of Athens.

1976-82
Senior Lecturer, Development Planning Unit (DPU), Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning (then School of Environmental Studies), University College London (UCL), University of London.

1979-80
Advisor, Regional Planning and Environment Secretariat, Ministry of Coordination, Greece (on leave from UCL).

1978-79
Head, Long-term policy and research section,Greek Public Corporation for Planning, Urban Development and Housing (on leave from UCL).

1973-76
Full-time Lecturer, Development Planning Unit (DPU), Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning (then School of Environmental Studies), University College London (UCL), University of London.

1972-73
Part-time Lecturer, Development Planning Unit (DPU), Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning (then School of Environmental Studies), University College London (UCL), University of London.

1966-69
Tutor, Chair of Town Planning, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens.

1966-69
Researcher, Town Planning Research Centre, National Technical University of Athens, and team leader in research projects funded by the Greek government.

1964-66
Assistant, Chair of Town Planning, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens.

1961-64
Military service in the Greek Navy as 2nd Lieutenant (Public Works).
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OTHER ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

1988
Australian Government Scholar for a period of 3 months at the University of Melbourne.

1983
Visiting teacher / Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia, with DPU / University College London "Bandung project".

1975-77
Visiting teacher, Postgraduate programme in Social Planning, London School of Economics and Political Science.


Teaching at the National Technical University of Athens

  • Regular lectures and project classes in the undergraduate courses of the Schools of Architecture, Civil Engineering, Surveying and Mining Engineering.
  • Regular lectures and project supervision in the postgraduate courses of the Schools of Architecture (urban and regional planning), Civil Engineering (water management), and Surveying (environment and development).
  • Supervisor of 17 doctoral theses of the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens.
  • Member of supervising committees of 18 doctoral theses of the Schools of Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Surveying, National Technical University of Athens.
  • Member of examination committees of several doctoral theses.

Other lectures and examinations

  • Various lectures at the University of Melbourne, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Architectural Association School of Architecture, the University of Thessaly (Greece), the Harokopion University of Athens, and the Greek National Centre of Public Administration.
  • External examiner of doctoral theses at the University of Manchester, the University of Strasbourg (Louis Pasteur) and the University of Paris.

Scholarship examinations

  • External examiner for the award of scholarships by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation.
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RESEARCH, TRAINING AND CONSULTANCY

Research

Note: Several of the projects undertaken as research projects of the National Technical University of Athens have an applied character and aim at providing an advisory service to government departments for policy planning purposes.



Current research projects of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

to date
Updating and extension of the research programme on the redevelopment of the site of the Hellinikon airport in Athens, Funded by the Organization for the Master Plan and Environmental Protection of Athens (L. Wassenhoven: Research coordinator and main researcher. Project director: S. Avgerinou - Kolonia).

Growing Inequality and Social Innovation: Alternative Knowledge and Practice in Overcoming Social Exclusion in Europe (KATARSIS), Coordination Action, 6th Framework Programme (Priority 7: Citizens and governance in a Knowledge-based Society), European Commission. L. Wassenhoven: Member of the NTUA research team. Lead Partner: University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

The eco-landscape approach as an instrument for exploring the identity of urban movements: An interdisciplinary contribution to urban eco-development, Franco – Greek Scientific and Technological Collaboration Programme / General Secretariat of Research and Technology (in collaboration with the “Image et Ville” Laboratory, University of Strasbourg “Louis Pasteur”). L. Wassenhoven: Project director for the Greek project component.


Research projects funded by European Commission or OECD

2004-06
Governance of Territorial and Urban Policies from EU to Local Level,ESPON 2.3.2 Project, European Commission. L. Wassenhoven: Leader of the NTUA research team and member of the project core group. Lead Partner: University of Valencia.

2000-02
Harmonization of spatial planning systems with European Union and OECD policy guidance and cross border co-operation: The case of Greece and Bulgaria, OECD Development Assistance Committee Programme and Ministry for the Environment, Spatial Planning and Public Works / National Technical University of Athens (collaboration with Bulgarian National Centre for Regional Planning and Housing Policy). L. Wassenhoven: Project director.

1999-2001
Spatial policy programme of regulations, projects and actions for the sustainable management of water resources in the Northern Dodecanese islands, European Union Initiative Interreg IIC and Ministry of National Economy. L. Wassenhoven: Project director.

1998-2000
Sustainability through Spatial Planning: An examination of the capacity of spatial planning systems in Europe to develop and implement policy for sustainability / SPECTRA, DG ΧII, European Commission. L. Wassenhoven: Leader of the NTUA research team. Lead Partner: University of the West of England.

1995
Μanagement Across Levels of Government, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. L. Wassenhoven: Sub-contractor and author of the chapter on Greece of the OECD publication of the same title.

1994-97
Τhe Compendium of Spatial Planning Systems and Policies, DG ΧVI, European Commission. Contractors: “Chesterton” and University of the West of England. L. Wassenhoven: Sub-contractor and author of the volume on Greece (“The EU Compendium of Spatial Planning Systems and Policies: Greece”, European Commission, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2000, ISBN 92-828-2692-9).
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Research projects of the National Technical University of Athens funded from Greek sources

(Project director: L. Wassenhoven)

2001-04
An approach to peri-urban space as a spatial category from an eco-landscape perspective, Programme “Thales” of basic research, National Technical University of Athens.

2000-01
Renewal potential and development of Olympic facilities in the old Hellinikon airport and the Agios Kosmas coastal zone, Organization for the Master Plan and Environmental Protection of Athens

2000
Two Athens neighbourhoods (Kypseli and Agios Ioannis Rentis): Historical, cultural and social determinants of urban sustainable development, Ministry for the Environment, Spatial Planning and Public Works.

1999
Re-organization and relocation of road haulage firms of the industrial area of Elaionas in Athens, Association of Greek Road Hauliers.

1997-99
Management of urban renewal areas and organization of development agencies: The case of the Elaionas industrial area in Athens, Organization for the Master Plan and Environmental Protection of Athens.

1996-2000
Critical analysis of regional spatial planning: Spatial plans and development programmes in a national and European context, General Secretariat of Research and Technology.

1996-99
The role of 2nd tier prefectural self-government authorities and their departments in environmental, spatial and development policy and planning, Ministry for the Environment, Spatial Planning and Public Works.

1996-98
Problems of economic and spatial restructuring of rural mountain areas: The case of the Katouna area in the Prefecture of Aetoloakarnania, Katouna Association of Municipalities.

1995-99
Development of the site of the Athens international airport at Hellinikon, following its closure, Organization for the Master Plan and Environmental Protection of Athens.

1995-98
Local development, use of local resources and protection of the natural and cultural environment: The case of the Vonitsa area area in the Prefecture of Aetoloakarnania, Municipality of Vonitsa.

1994-99
Formal and informal role of the state, social institutions and client relations as factors influencing government policy on urban expansion, General Secretariat of Research and Technology.

1994-96
Operational emergency plan of the Municipality of Athens following an earthquake disaster, Organization of Earthquake Disaster Planning and Protection and Municipality of Athens.

1994-95
Renewal programmes of industrial zones in cities and relocation of economic activities: The case of the industrial area of Elaionas in Athens, Organization for the Master Plan and Environmental Protection of Athens.

1992
Town planning restructuring and renewal of the industrial area of Elaionas in Athens, Municipality of Athens.

1991-95
Estimation of fire hazards in forest land and disaster - spatial planning: A study of the Attica region, General Secretariat of Research and Technology.

1991-92
Survey, viability and spatial analysis of industrial activity in the industrial area of Elaionas in Athens, Association of Municipalities for the Management and Development of Elaionas.

1988-92
Vulnerability analysis and earthquake disaster mitigation in wider urban areas and small scale town planning units: The case of the commercial “triangle” of Athens, General Secretariat of Research and Technology.

Development of a data base of urban and regional information of the Attica region, Ministry of Education.

1986-88
Preliminary study for the integrated development of a rural mountain area: The case of the province of Voion in the Prefecture of Kozani, Agricultural Bank (Co-director: El. Panagiotatou).

Spatial study of the area of the Megalopolis coal fields and power stations, Ministry for the Environment, Spatial Planning and Public Works.

Relations of economic and physical planning: Interaction of policies for the renewal in urban areas with the operation of small manufacturing firms: The case of the centre of Athens, General Secretariat of Research and Technology (Co-director: El. Panagiotatou).

1985-89
Planning and organization of two industrial parks in the region of Attica, Ministry for the Environment, Spatial Planning and Public Works.

Research projects of the National Technical University of Athens funded from Greek sources

(L. Wassenhoven: Member of research team)

2006
Integrated, operational development plan of the Prefecture of Athens, Prefecture of Athens (Project director: M. Angelidis / Collaboration with University of Thessaly)

2000-03
Strategic spatial development framework for Athens and the Attica region, Ministry for the Environment, Spatial Planning and Public Works (Project director: K. Gerardi / L. Wassenhoven: Responsibility for regional spatial analysis and planning).

2000-01
Strategic action plan for the sustainable development of small and medium towns and of the countryside, with emphasis on islands, Ministry for the Environment, Spatial Planning and Public Works (Project director: M. Angelidis).
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Training programmes

(L. Wassenhoven: Programme director)

1991
Training programme for the young of the Island of Milos, Greece, Centre of Studies on the Interdisciplinary Approach to Development for the European Social Fund (PETRA Programme). L. Wassenhoven: Member of Organizing Committee.

1991
Training programme for unemployed university graduates on national and European Community urban development policies and programmes, National Technical University of Athens for the European Social Fund and the Greek Ministry of Labour.

1990 & 1992
Training programmes for the professional and social orientation of the young and for supporting local development in the Island of Leros, Greek Centre of Development Studies for the European Social Fund (PETRA Programme).

1986-87
Training programme for local development officials, National Technical University of Athens for the General Secretariat of Youth.

Consultancy

(participation in consultancy projects, in addition to applied research programmes)

2004
Plan for the development of new industrial and business areas of national significance, ETVA-VIPE s.a. for the Greek Ministry of Development (Operational “Competitiveness” Plan).

1993
Tourism development study of the Prefecture of Rethymna,Theorema s.a. for the Prefecture of Rethymna.

Socio-economic study of the development potential of the mountain area of Grammos, Greece, Theorema s.a. for the Prefecture of Kastoria.

1992
Planning operations for the transport network of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (Greece) and evaluation of alternatives and impacts on the region’s development, Theorema s.a. for the Regional Secretariat of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace.

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