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Karachalis

Nicholas

Karachalis

Validated Lead Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
As lecturer at the Department of Planning and Regional Development of the University of Thessaly and the Open University I teach modules and publish work related to the notion of integrated urban development and cultural planning. I hold a PhD in Economic and Regional Development, a MΑ in European Urban Cultures and a BA in Urban and Regional Development. I focus on culture-led urban development and I have completed a post-doctoral research project on tourism impact measurement of urban festivals. I have worked as an advisor for public bodies in Greece (Municipalities, Regions, etc.) on place marketing, urban strategies, cultural development etc. and I have participated in transnational EU projects (ESPON, Interreg, URBACT, expertise studies etc) mostly regarding issues of urban and regional development. Most of my work and publications are related to cities; I try to explore new ways of dealing with stakeholders either on neighbourhood level or city level (e.g. for a city branding strategy or for a local cultural policy plan). I also act as trainer and seminar facilitator in various occasions (e.g. URBACT LSGs, ESPONTrain on line training, National Public Administration School in Greece, etc.) where I explain to students and practitioners (civil servants, city strategists, members of local communities or grass root groups, etc) what the particular elements of sustainable urban development tools are, especially regarding the issues dealt in urban regeneration programmes.
B1. Assessment: 
1: The applicant has a deep understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development, combining both educational and practical experience.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
Alongside with my research/teaching activities, I have got involved in several transnational research projects (ESPON, URBACT, Interreg, ERASMUS, Innovative Actions programmes, etc), transnational expertise studies (e.g. ex post evaluations) and the organisation of international events and conferences (summer universities, conferences). As a member of transnational groups I have a strong experience in exchanging knowledge and working on common goals, e.g. within ESPON Territorial Diversity as a member of the transnational group (Nordregio, CEFIDEC, the University of Geneva, Malta Islands Consulting Services, Regional Development Institute of Athens) I had to work closely with a group of people from different countries in tasks such as data collections, interviews, scenarios, etc. The study was monitored by an extended group of stakeholders. At the ESPONTrain project acting as a lead partner has been challenging as leadership competencies were needed. Through my collaboration with URBACT and the Greek National URBACT Contact Point I got involved in the organization, material production and facilitation of different events, participated in publications, etc. In many other occasions (summer universities, conferences, bids, etc) I have worked with an international group of experts, university colleagues, etc. and I am familiar with the use of ICT solutions (wiggio, huddle, dropbox, social media) that can support the management and exchange procedures within such collaborations.
B2. Assessment: 
1: The applicant has a deep understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
English is my main working language alongside with greek and dutch throughout my studies and my career. I am holding a Cambridge Proficiency Certificate proving C1 level and a great part of my studies were abroad (UK, Netherlands, Finland, Belgium) which meant that all my work (exams, thesis) was in English. Most of my academic work is in English as well: peer-reviewed articles, research proposals, lectures for summer universities, etc. Apart from my academic publications I have also been writing reports, scientific articles, newsletter articles, etc. for transnational networks: reports, newsletter articles and chapters for URBACT, reports, learning material and handbooks for ESPON, Charter and reports for Interreg Charts, reports for CSIL study as national expert, etc. As part of my collaboration with international teams I often had to present results in conferences and workshops (e.g. URBACT festival in Riga) and participate in on-line lectures (e.g. webinars for ESPONTrain in English). I also edit publications in English which refer to specific fields e.g. editing the special issue of Pharos entitled “Athens, Historic City, Modern Metropolis” (forthcoming) which emphasizes on cultural heritage and the city. Through this link http://uth.academia.edu/NicholasKarachalis (selected articles) and my CV (full list) you can find my publications in English and Greek.
B3. Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates fluency in English.

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
As lecturer I am used to communicate concepts related to urban issues (e.g. gentrification, urban economics) to a wider audience and make use of different support aids (powerpoints, video, etc). When non English speakers are involved I try to create conditions for interaction by using ice-breakers and examples with the support of images, ppt presentations, videos, etc. of case studies that can make a strong point (e.g. the example of Bilbao when talking about culture-led urban regeneration). As a speaker in transnational meetings and activities I have tried less conventional methods: during the Urban Agenda Meetings for the Greek Presidency I organized a study visit to the food market (Varvakeio) and the office where the plans for the pedestrianisation of a central axis of Athens were presented in order to trigger a conversation with the planning team; points were made wanted to make comprehensible for an international audience. As a lecturer I have to work with foreign students very often and create material that can trigger conversations. During the implementation of ESPONTrain http://espontrain.eu/course/index.php?categoryid=14 for the webinars in English I had to consider the different level of Englisg of participants. In my presentations I use visuals that can help in the understanding of policies or best practices, see http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/cityfestival_workshop_job_generation_02.ppsx and www.espa.gr/el/Documents/Urbact/141114_Karachalis_presentation.pdf
C3.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
Both through practical experience with municipalities, regions, etc. and my lectures at the Department of Planning and Regional Development I am familiar with methods enabling participants/students to produce solutions and plans related to urban challenges. Through the organization of the ERAMUS IP meetings for PhD students I got familiar with best practices for group facilitation. For URBACT ULSG (www.espa.gr/el/Documents/131014_Urbact_ULSG_FF.pdf) training sessions I have used mediums (flipcharts, gallery walks with presentations, games, study visits, masterclasses, ice-breakers etc) to exchange knowledge or experience in a systematic way. One way I find very effective is the use of real case-studies (see www.espa.gr/el/Documents/Urbact/141114_Karachalis_presentation.pdf) where an idea has worked well (e.g. when explaining funding for urban development projects I use characteristic examples such as successful Jessica projects or the crowdfunding project of the Luchtsingel in Rotterdam). The use of on-line tools (wiggio, social media, skype etc) also works very well in transnational groups as well as methods to allow peer reviewing, e.g. with a questionnaire during study visits. The latter has worked very effectively in the case of the ESPON TeDi project (www.espon.eu/main/Menu_Projects/Menu_TargetedAnalyses/espontedi.html) I worked on, as the comments by other experts within the transnational group on the outcomes of the studies of each case was very valuable.
C3.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to draw out and support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
My teaching skills include using different tools/methods (on-line platforms, podcasts, etc) which are adjusted depending on the audience – keeping them motivated between meetings can be achieved with e-mails, assignments, etc. Undergraduates need support and enforcement, while at the postgraduate programme of the Open University a different approach is required since students are older and feel “outsiders” to the academic community: this calls for a more encouraging approach and maximum use of ICT technology in order to be able to create an effective collaboration. At both universities my students evaluate me with high marks (e.g 4,6/5 average at the Open University). These skills are used in transnational projects: the ESPONTrain project http://espontrain.eu/course/index.php?categoryid=14 included seminars for students and civil servants in order for them to get familiarised with the data and the mapping tools (Hyperatlas) of ESPON and the information it provides on particular issues (e.g. Polycentricity, Insularity), calling for a particular approach regarding the preparation of teaching guides, of assignments, etc. After URBACT training sessions I made sure that participants had the opportunity to come back to our discussions by sending material such as reports www.espa.gr/el/Documents/131014_Urbact_ULSG_FF.pdf and keeping them posted on developments – they also came back with news, questions, etc. which were discussed with the rest of the participants as well by e-mail.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to capture learning for participants to take away.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
I have been writing texts for reports, newsletters, articles books, blogs, etc where I described the findings of research studies or policy reports in a brief and direct way. Below some examples of reports and other texts I participated in: http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/02_jobgen-web.pdf (my contribution were the outcomes from the Thessaloniki Case study). URBACT blog http://www.blog.urbact.eu/2014/04/athens-untouched-by-merkels-visit-and-explosion-of-bomb-7-urban-development-stories-from-the-city-in-images-and-words. URBACT newsletter http://urbact.eu/athens-urbact-food-metropolis. http://www.espon.eu/main/Menu_Projects/Menu_TargetedAnalyses/espontedi.html (my contribution was to develop texts and boxes of the Cyprus case and reports). ESPONTrain Material http://espontrain.eu/course/index.php?categoryid=14 (contribution to the teaching material). Student Housing (PUCA,University of Helsinki – Responsible for Greece) http://rp.urbanisme.equipement.gouv.fr/puca/activites/Logement_etudiants_France_Europe1.pdf. Member of the Organisation of the 1st Pan-Hellenic Conference in Place marketing and Branding, Volos, 30.3-1.4.2012, University of Thessaly/Imagine the City (www.placemarketing.gr; http://www.ideatopos.org/events (organizing many events in the city and using innovative tools for promotion made the event successful -book http://www.papasotiriou.gr/product/marketing-ke-branding-topou). My main publications are at: http://uth.academia.edu/NicholasKarachalis
C3.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages.
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
As ad. lecturer at the Department of Planning and Regional Development of the University of Thessaly and the Open University in Greece I teach modules and do research related to integrated urban development and cultural planning. My involvement in EU-funded projects started with the Erasmus– Socrates and the Regional Innovative Actions programmes in 2001 and I have been working in several transnational projects since then: ESPON projects (EUROISLANDS, TEDI, ESPONTRAIN), URBACT, INTERREG, ex-post evaluation studies for DG Regio, etc. I follow current discussions on the EU Urban Agenda and I have a strong experience working with transnational teams. I am familiar with tools that allow on-line interaction for project management or teaching (moodle, blackboard, wiggio, etc). As trainer for the URBACT Local Support Group NTS I had the opportunity to discuss tools and methods with members of LSGs in order to effectively work with each other (Stakeholder Analysis, Field Force Analysis, etc). I also have acted as trainer and seminar facilitator in other occasions (ESPONTrain on line webinars, Public Administration School in Greece, Lifelong Training programmes) where I introduced sustainable urban development tools and concepts to students, city practitioners and members of local communities. I have worked as an advisor for public bodies in Greece on city marketing, urban strategies, cultural and tourism development etc. and contributed to reports, newsletters, books and blogs.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for C, scoring 3 out of 3 for C1, 3 out of 4 for C2, and 4 out of 4 for C3. No significant inconsistencies were identified between CV and application.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Arts and Culture
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
The dynamics between arts and culture, tourism and urban development processes, using an interdisciplinary approach based on cultural economy, place marketing, urban tourism, cultural planning, heritage, etc. are at the center of my interests since I finished my MA in 1998. I focus on creative clustering in cities and entrepreneurship/employment in the cultural sector in relation to tourism (this was the topic of my PhD and post-doc research). As a Lecturer at the Department of Planning and Regional Development www.prd.uth.gr and LARETOUR http://laretouruth.wix.com/tourism#!homepage/cam I teach modules such as Tourism and Leisure Planning, Event management and Local Development, etc and at the ΜΑ in Cultural Management at the Open Universities in Greece and Cyprus I teach Cultural Management and Economics and supervise theses. I have worked in transnational projects with a cultural focus (Innovative Actions, Interreg) and studies for public bodies (Municipalities, Regions, City Tourism Offices) in Greece on matters related to culture and tourism. I am a member of the list of experts in Culture of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Agency Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission– Member Pool of potential experts for the Panel of European Capitals of Culture and Member of the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) http://www.eenc.info/expert/nicholas-karachalis. I have acted as member of conference committees, working groups, journals, etc related to the field
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates deep knowledge on the theme of "Arts and Culture" and related policy challenges, including up-to-date practice and research.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
In 2002-2005 I was involved in a DG Regio funded Innovative Actions programme which included pilot actions for small virtual reality museums and cultural centers http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/archive/innovation/pdf/ia_GR_Sterea_Ellada.pdf. In the programme I contributed to the management, dissemination and reporting (not avail. online). Through my participation in Interreg and URBACT I had the opportunity to work closely with international teams and produce material for reports with an emphasis on culture, e.g. for the Job Generation for a Jobless Generation URBACT http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/02_jobgen-web.pdf where I wrote the case study on the creative sector in Thessaloniki and the reports of the Interreg Charts project where I contributed to the final texts http://www.charts-interreg4c.eu/project. I contributed to an on-going ex-post survey on Culture and Tourism carried out on behalf of the DG Regio (n. 2014CE16BAT034) as country expert for Greece and Cyprus. I have had different roles in EU projects e.g. I was member of the Evaluation Committee of the Idea Contest for Proposed Tourist Packages (Interreg-Innovation Culture and Creativity for a new Economy). Apart from the above I have contributed as a researcher to the outcomes of studies, articles, book chapters, teaching material, etc in English and Greek. My thematic inputs also include policy recommendations to cities and regions in Greece regarding cultural and tourism development the last 15 years.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides examples demonstrating his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Through my participation in ESPON (EUROISLANDS, TEDI, ESPONTRAIN), Interreg, URBACT, etc and other studies/expertise studies I have gained experience in reporting and disseminating outcomes and key messages related to arts and culture e.g. for the Job Generation report for URBACT I wrote the case study on the creative sector in Thessaloniki and for Interreg Charts I contributed to the final texts on European heritage http://www.charts-interreg4c.eu/project. I have collaborated in various reports in Greek and English for different audiences eg. as expert for Greece and Cyprus in the “Ex-post evaluation of Cohesion Policy programmes 2007-2013 financed by the ERDF/CF WP Culture and Tourism. I have also written texts, articles, teaching material, etc. related to the cultural sector (see CV and http://uth.academia.edu/NicholasKarachalis). Some of my work has been an outcome of transational meetings, e.g. my participation in an international research group (Univ. of Weimar) in 2010 led to my article on culture led regeneration in Cremaschi/Eckhard (2011). In the Integrated Urban Intervention Plan (City of Athens) I worked on the preparation and the consultation process of the actions related to cultural planning www.globalsiteplans.com/environmental-design/the-18-axes-of-the-intervention-plan-to-upgrade-the-center-of-athens-greece/. I organise transnational seminars e.g. Confronting the Classics summer school http://www.knir.it/nl/masterclass-confronting-the-classics.html
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities and put forward good practice.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Capitalization and awareness raising is part of the work I have been doing for national and transnational projects. For example in the case of the Charts Interreg programme the project results have led to a charter which offers awareness regarding the issue of accessibility to heritage. The Charter was launched in Brussels during the 2014 Open Days http://www.charts-interreg4c.eu/events/charter-launch-event. For the Innovative Actions Programme for Sterea Ellada a number of pilot projects (8 small museums dedicated to unknown local history e.g. the Frankish castles, the mega-structures in Euboea) were implemented in remote areas using ITC technology and Virtual Reality which needed capitalization and awareness raising for target groups such as inhabitants, cultural tourists, etc. This was done with the help of national and local media, small spots for the TV and the internet (e.g. http://archive.papandreou.gr/papandreou/content/Document.aspx?d=6&rd=7739474&f=1650&rf=-568018414&m=6359&rm=13953747&l=2). On a national level I have worked on several studies related to tourism and culture (Southern Pelopenesse, Kalymnos, Southern Aegean, etc) which were discussed either in meetings, councils, etc or in the context of open consultation processes. This meant that I am used to confront the difficulties that might occur in an open discussion. I have published texts in blogs and my work is referred to in reports and articles e.g. the OECD Culture and Local Development report (p.136).
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a deep understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
The relation between arts, culture and the city within an interdisciplinary perspective (drawing on cultural economics, city marketing, urban tourism, cultural planning, urban heritage) is at the centre of my academic interests. I teach modules such as Leisure Activities and Sustainable Tourism Development, Event management and Local Development, Cultural Economy, etc. at a University level and I am following the current debates and policy developments. My PhD topic was related to entrepreneurship, employment and clustering in the creative industries in European cities with an emphasis on urban cultural quarters and I completed a post-doctoral research in tourism impact measurement of urban festivals. A large part of my publications in academic journals/conference proceedings and in the context of transnational projects and studies (URBACT, Interreg, Innovative Actions, ex-post evaluation studies, etc.) are related to arts and culture. The last 15 years I have also worked as an advisor for public bodies (cities, regions, local tourism departments) in Greece on matters of related to the sectors of culture and tourism. I am a member of the list of experts in Culture of the EACEA and of the European Expert Network on Culture. I have published articles in peer-reviewed journals/books on matters of culture-led urban regeneration and urban tourism and have contributed to reports (e.g. http://urbact.eu/sites/default/files/02_jobgen-web.pdf), surveys, thematic workshops, events, etc.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D "Arts and Culture" with a score of 4 out of 4. No significant inconsistencies were identified between CV and application.
Theme / Policy: 
Local Economic Development
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Social and Economic Geography are my main references; issues such as integrated urban planning, re-using empty buildings, coordinating public and private efforts, city marketing, etc are at the center of my work and studies since 1993. As ad. Lecturer at the Department of Planning and Regional Development of the University of Thessaly I follow the developments in urban and regional economy studies through my participation in events and networks (AESOP, EURA, ERSA). I am interested in participatory methods and the challenges which occur in their implementation. Alongside with my research and teaching, I have worked as an advisor for public bodies (municipalities, regions) in Greece and in transnational projects on matters of local economic development and city marketing. As a trainer for URBACT NTS for the LSGs I organized seminars which included briefing on new developments on funding which was covered by me and guest speakers. During the Greek Presidency in 2014 I actively participated in the preparation of meetings regarding the urban agenda and the new integrated urban development strategies of the EU (CLLD, ITI etc) which were presented in the URBACT event in Thessaloniki. I follow the European Urban/Regional Policy news through reports and meetings (e.g. European Urban Network meetings, Open Days). In the field of place marketing I co-edited a book in Greek and I was responsible for the organization of the 1st Place Marketing Conference in Greece www.ideatopos.org/2012
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates deep knowledge on the theme of "Local Economic Development" and related policy challenges, including up-to-date practice and research.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Regarding local economic development I have collected data and produced material and inputs for studies, courses, podcasts, e-class tutorials, etc. through my participation in ESPON (EUROISLANDS, TEDI, ESPONTRAIN), Interreg and URBACT where I had the opportunity to work closely with international teams. The role of ICT and on-line learning and management tools (moodle, wiggio, huddle, skype) was crucial. I have produced material (data, metadata, survey and interview results, back office work, policy recommendations etc) for reports that are connected to local economic development e.g. as part of the transnational team for the ESPON TeDi Handbook and Interim and Final Report, the ESPONTrain material, the report on European Student Housing, etc. (http://rp.urbanisme.equipement.gouv.fr/puca/activites/Logement_etudiants_France_Europe1.pdf). In Greece I have contributed to many studies and expertise work, e.g. for the City Marketing Plans of Larisa and Kozani I produced information and discussed decisions on a local level with specific techniques. The final outcomes were presented in the form of brand-books of 20 pages which could be easily read by a the public. I also have presented my work on city marketing in conferences (AESOP, Place Branding Conferences - http://www.inpolis.de/inpolis-projektdetail_83_International-Place-Branding-Conference,-Utrecht_en.html) Links: https://uth.academia.edu/NicholasKarachalis
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides examples showcasing his ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
For the ESPON Tedi Project (2009-2010) I contributed to all the reports and handbook regarding territorial specificities and policy recommendations - see: http://www.espon.eu/main/Menu_Projects/Menu_TargetedAnalyses/espontedi.html . In the context of the ESPON Euroislands project my role was supporting the lead stakeholder (the Greek Ministry of Competitiveness) in texts, events, etc. For the ESPONTrain project my contribution was coordinating, producing and teaching the six thematic teaching packages that were taught in English to students and public sector employees in the countries of the participating transnational partners: http://www.espon.eu/main/Menu_Projects/Menu_TransnationalNetworkingActivities/ESPONTrain.html, http://espontrain.eu/course/index.php?categoryid=14. I have been participating in studies e.g. a European study on Student Housing (2009) by the University of Helsinki and PUCA where I contributed as rapporteur for Greece: http://rp.urbanisme.equipement.gouv.fr/puca/activites/Logement_etudiants_France_Europe1.pdf. and ex-post evaluations of DG Regio (through my collaboration with CSIL Milano). Other publications include articles on place marketing and branding, on EU policies, on neighbourhood management, on local tourism development etc (see CV for a full list). I have been involved in many projects at LARETOUR http://laretouruth.wix.com/tourism#!homepage/cam (2009- ) and the Regional Development Institute http://ipapanteion.ath.cx/en (2001-2010).
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a strong ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities and put forward good practice.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Capitalization and awareness raising is part of my work for national and transnational projects. For example in the case of ESPON TeDi the project’s results were presented both on a national level but also in specific occasions (Open Days, conferences). My participation in URBACT and ESPON meant I had to closely work with an international team of experts for the preparation of events, websites, capitalization actions etc eg ESPONTrain webpage http://www.espon2013.panteion.gr/?q=el/header_3. For City marketing strategies publicity is one of the key issues; I organized open presentations and thematic meetings (culture, tourism, etc) in the case of the City Marketing Plans of Larisa and Kozani. The need to produce information and discuss decisions on a local level was crucial and therefore specific techniques were used. The final outcome was presented in the form of brandbooks of 20 pages which could be easily read by the wider public. Finally I have organized events e.g. as member of the organisation of the 1st Pan-Hellenic Conference in Place marketing and Branding in Volos (30.3 – 1.4.2012); the event needed publicity both trough the media and the Internet and this was done with the support of a successful digital strategy (www.placemarketing.gr; http://www.ideatopos.org/events) and attracted many participants and the attention of the inhabitants of Volos. I also write in a popular blog on issues related to urban policy and city branding (www.citybranding.gr).
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a deep understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Integrated urban strategies, the re-use of empty buildings, entrepreneurship, city innovation, city marketing, and coordinating public and private efforts are at the center of my teaching/research activities; I follow current trends and debates in the field of urban economy through my participation in AESOP, ERSA, EURA, etc. In many transnational projects (ESPON TeDi, ESPONtrain, Student Housing in Europe,etc) I was responsible for research, reporting, teaching material production, etc. I am particularly interested in participatory methods and the challenges which occur in their implementation. I follow the discussions on EU urban policy and as URBACT LSG trainer for Greece and Cyprus I organized training seminars which included a briefing on new developments on urban economic development and funding. I have experience in working for public bodies in Greece on action planning for cities and regions through my involvement in studies such as city marketing plans, regional innovation strategies and city development strategies (e.g. Integrated Urban Interventions Plan for Athens). I have strong experience and publications in city marketing through my participation at international networks/events and on a national level by participating in the studies for Kozani and Larisa. I have co-organized the 1st Conference on Place Marketing/Branding http://www.ideatopos.org/2012 and co-edited the only book on the subject in Greece www.papasotiriou.gr/product/marketing-ke-branding-topou.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D "Local Economic Development" with a score of 4 out of 4. No significant inconsistencies were identified between CV and application.

Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies

E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
Participatory methods and stakeholder management in the context of urban strategies are at the center of my work. As a national trainer for the URBACT Local Support Groups in Greece and Cyprus I was trained in new approaches and tools (Field Force Analysis, Stakeholder analysis, peer review, etc) according to the LSG Toolkit which I then presented to the members of the LSGs. Afterwards I was invited to assist in transnational meetings, e.g. of the Sustainable Food in Athens and the MyGeneration at Work in Thessaloniki and I had the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of these tools but also implement them on other occasions (e.g. during stakeholder meetings for city branding strategies in Larisa and Kozani). I have been working on stakeholder management and participation tools both in the academic sector (especially regarding cities or urban neighbourhoods e.g. for my PhD research) and other projects and follow the discussion on new policy tools (e.g. Community Led Local Development). Using tools such as surveys, data collection, interviews, thematic meetings, etc is an important part of my work in the context of local developments plans (e.g. Southern Aegean region, Kalymnos, Southern Peloponnese, etc), city marketing plans (Larisa, Kozani) and transnational projects (ESPON TeDi, etc). For the Kozani city marketing plan a new method of participatory branding was tested successfully and the outcomes were presented in a unique way using brandbooks.
E.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides examples demonstrating his deep knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local policies.
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
Both my teaching and consulting experience in the field of urban policy is extensive, especially regarding issues dealt with within the URBACT programme (urban strategies, neighbourhood regeneration, city branding, etc). The last seven years I am a lecturer at the Department of Planning and Regional Development of the University of Thessaly and the Hellenic Open University. Before that I worked for more than nine years and the Regional Development Institute of the Panteion University as a researcher and local policy advisor. As instructor at the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government in Greece the last two years I have been organizing seminars on funding issues of urban regeneration (including URBACT, JESSICA, etc). These methods have also been used in the studies for local governments and regions which I participated in in Greece; I have actively paeriticpated in a large number of studies where specific strategy or development plan had to be delivered and a monitoring and evaluation method had to be proposed. Recently, in the context of the Integrated Urban Plan for the City of Athens where my role was to work on the preparation and the consultation process of the actions related to tourism and cultural planning I got the opportunity to implement and deliver a full set of actions that will change the city center (including actions for empty buildings, tourism management, shopping districts, cultural events, city branding, etc) in times of crisis.
E.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies and policies.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
I have been following closely the discussions and trends both on an academic level (AESOP, ERSA, etc) but also on a European and National policy level. The past years I have been working with the European Commission staff in various issues (e.g. Innovative Actions) and followed the activities of DG Regio (Open Days, conferences, UDG etc.) and URBACT and at the same time I have worked closely with national authorities (e.g. the Ministry staff responsible for URBACT and ESPON), regional and local authorities, mostly in Greece and Cyprus (ESPON dissemination, Infodays for URBACT III, etc). Within these partnerships I have gained important experience in sustainable urban development tools and their implementation. In Greece and Cyprus I have presented the latest developments in the EU Urban Agenda (ITI, CCLD, funding opportunities) during URBACT events (NTS training, URBACT III Infodays in Greece and Cyprus). In June 2014, during the Greek Presidency, during the URBACT event I was responsible as a co-organiser in Thessaloniki regarding the new CLLD – ITI. The participants were representing cities and managing authorities from Greece and got familiarized with these new tools. I am trainer for the National School of Public Administration and I have been working on different plans (e.g Integrated Urban Plan of Athens) and city branding strategies (Larisa, Kozani) related to this issue. I also teach modules that include EU developments regarding spatial and urban issues.
E.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates a good approach to keeping up-to-date with the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
In transnational projects I have worked for local situations have been taken into account in terms of design and delivery. For example in the case of the URBACT NTS the material had to be adapted to the reality of the local government specific conditions in Greece and Cyprus. In the case of the ESPON TeDi the delivery of policy recommendations had to be discussed with the local stakeholders taking into account the spatial, social and economic status of the selected areas; in Cyprus which I worked on these consisted of a very small population and there was no capacity in participatory procedures - therefore actions were taken in order to motivate participation. A similar situation was dealt with within the Interreg Charts programme where different stakeholders dealing with heritage and access had to work with each other for a plan. In Greek cities and regions which I have worked for, the adaption of tools is a necessary procedure as each case presents different characteristics and challenges (e.g. scale, cities with strong civil society organization or grassroots movements, etc). Integrated urban strategies and the research/consultation that has to be done for its formation is part of the I teach at a post-graduate level. Many of the classes I teach are attended by civil servants or professionals; these groups call for a different approach and as a trainer you need to develop a different method and communication efficiency in class.
E.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates an ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities.
Summary Expertise: 
The notions of integrated and sustainable urban development are directly related to my teaching and working practices as lecturer and freelance consultant since I graduated from the university. Alongside with my teaching/research activities, I had the opportunity to get involved in several transnational research projects, expertise studies, seminars, event facilitations etc. regarding urban and local development strategies. As an instructor at the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government in Greece the last years I have been organizing seminars for city administrators on funding issues (including tools such as JESSICA) and participatory methods related to urban regeneration. I have followed the activities of DG Regional Policy (Open Days, conferences, UDG etc.) and URBACT and I have worked closely with national, regional and local authorities in Greece and Cyprus. As a national trainer for the URBACT Local Support Groups for Greece and Cyprus I was trained in approaches and tools regarding participatory planning (Field Force Analysis, Stakeholder analysis, etc) according to the LSG Toolkit which I presented to the members of the LSGs. I have been involved in many projects related to participatory policies and local development challenges as collaborator at LARETOUR www.prd.uth.gr; http://laretouruth.wix.com/tourism#!homepage/cam (2009-), at the Panteion's Regional Development Institute http://ipapanteion.ath.cx/en (2001-2010) and as a freelance advisor.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for E with a score of 4 out of 4. No significant inconsistencies were identified between CV and application.

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Greece
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Greek - Mother tongue
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Email:
karachalis@gmail.com

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