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Dimitris Ballas

Dimitris Ballas is an 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;



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A letter from Lesvos

A reflection on what has been an extraordinary year for an island that has not only become one of the hotspots in the worst global refugee crisis in recent history but is also located in a country going through financial implosion following a sustained recession.

A Europe of cities and regions

Should we conceive of Europe as a collection of individual states or as a group of distinct cities and regions which are part of a larger whole? Dimitris Ballas, Danny Dorling andBenjamin Hennig present figures from their new ‘Social Atlas of Europe’, which provides a new way of illustrating the key social and geographic features across European countries. They argue that by viewing Europe in this way it becomes apparent that most of the real social divides across the continent are within states rather than between them.

Mapping a continent of people united in diversity

  “Europe is a thought that needs to become a feeling. When Americans talk about their United States, they get all misty eyed, they get emotional. Hell, when the Irish talk about the United States, we get misty eyed. Do we think that way about Europe? And if not why not?”

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