Academic Staff

Theano S. Terkenli, Professor
University of the Aegean 

Theano S. Terkenli is Professor and founding member of the first Department of Geography in Greece, University of the Aegean, since 1994. Faculty at the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Tourism Planning, Administration and Policy, (University of the Aegean), since 1999, and at the International Interdepartmental M.Sc. in Sustainable Tourism Development: Cultural Heritage, Environment, Society (Harokopeion University, University of the Aegean, Université-Paris I- Panthéon Sorbonne), since 2018. Ph.D. in Geography, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, USA (1986-1993); M.Sc. in Landscape Architecture, University of Wisconsin—Madison, USA (1983-1986).

Areas of scientific research, publishing and teaching span Human Geography, with an emphasis on Cultural Geography, Landscape Studies and Critical Perspectives to Tourism. Active member and organizer of conferences, board member of a large number of international and Greek scientific associations and organizations, and journal editorial boards. Leadership and organizational roles ranging from research teams to international events, at the forefront of geographical research, education and community service. Long series of lectures by invitation, as well as awards and grants, such as the prestigious Roy Wolfe Award 2017, ‘for outstanding contributions to the field and discipline of recreation, tourism and sports geography’, from the American Association of Geographers—Recreation, Tourism and Sport Specialty Group.


Books, indicatively:

  1. Connections, Mobilities, Urban Prospects and Environmental Threats: the Mediterranean in Transition, editor with Annick Douguedroit and Louis F. Cassar, (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015)
  2. Human Geography: Humans, Society and Space, editor with T. Iosifidis and I. Chorianopoulos (Athens: Kritiki, 2007)
  3. Landscapes of a New Cultural Economy of Space, editor with Anne – Marie d’Hauteserre, Landscape Series (Dordrecht: Springer, 2006)
  4. Tourism Geography, with N. Metaxidis and P. Raftopoulou, (Athens: Educational Books Publishing Organization, 2003)

Key output in last 5 years:

Terkenli, T. S. (2020): Landscape and justice: the case of Greeks, space and law, Landscape Research, DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2020.1846021

Terkenli, T.S.; Gkoltsiou, A.; Kavroudakis, D. The Interplay of Objectivity and Subjectivity in Landscape Character Assessment: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches and Challenges. Land 2021, 10, 53. land10010053

Terkenli, Theano S.; Skowronek, Ewa; Tucki, Andrzej; and Kounellis, Nikolaos (2019) Towards understanding tourist landscape. A comparative study of locals’ and visitors’ perception in selected destinations in Poland and Greece, Quaestiones Geographicae, Vol 38(3): 81-93.

Vogiatzakis, Ioannis; Terkenli, Theano S.; Trovato, Maria Gabriella; and Abu-Jaber, Nizar (eds.) (2018) Landscapes in the Eastern Mediterranean between the Future and the Past, LAND, 2018: 7.

Pavlis, Evangelos & Terkenli, Theano S. (2017). Landscape values and the question of ‘cultural sustainability’: exploring an uncomfortable relationship in the case of Greece, Norwegian Journal of Geography, Vol 71(3): 168-188.