He is retired Professor Department of Economics, University of Macedonia Greece and Head of the Regional Development and Planning Research Unit (RDPRU). During 2015-2019 he was Secretary General for Private Investments Ministry of Economy & Development. He is an economic geographer (BA – Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, MA -Sussex, Ph.D. -LSE). His main research interests are: migration - highly skilled migration, economic geography, regional development, regional policies, delocalization of economic activities/ FDI, spatial aspects of subcontracting, development of rural areas/ rural entrepreneurship. His scholarly publications include 14 books and more than 80 papers in peer reviewed journals.