Dimitris Ballas is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield and Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of the Aegean.
He is an economist by training (1996, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece) and also has a Master of Arts (with distinction) in Geographical Information Systems (1997, University of Leeds, UK) and a PhD in Geography (2001, University of Leeds, UK).
He has significant experience and expertise in social and economic geography and in the use of Geonformatics and GIS in the Social Sciences.
His current research interests include European identity and the political economy of the European Union, social and spatial inequalities, social justice, exploring geographies of happiness and well-being and socio-economic applications of GIS.
He has published widely in the fields of social and spatial inequalities, regional science and Geoinformatics in the Social Sciences.
His most recent work includes The Social Atlas of Europe co-authored with Danny Dorling and Benjamin Hennig (Policy Press, Bristol, 2014;