- Νame: Pallis Thanos
- Role: Professor
- Field: Maritime and Port Economics and Policy
- Department: Department of Maritime Studies
- Office: 506/ G. Lambraki 21 Building
- Telephone: +30 +30 210 4142522
- E-mail: apallis[at]unipi[dot]gr
- CURRICULUM VITAE
Thanos Pallis is a Professor in Port and Maritime Economics & Policy, at the Department of Maritime Studies, University of Piraeus, Greece. The Vice-Chair of the Port Performance Research Network (PPRN), and founding member & co-director of PortEconomics, he is the co-author of the book Port Economics, Management & Policy (2022).
Ηε served as President of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) (2018-2022). Currently, he is an IAME Council member. He is also a member of the International Association of Ports & Harbours (IAPH) Risk and Resilience and Cruise Committees and co-author of the IAPH World Ports Tracker.
Thanos was a Fulbright Scholar (2008-11) at Columbia University, New York, US (Centre for Energy, Marine Transportation & Public Policy), Professor at the University of the Aegean and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece, Adjunct Professor at the Centre for International Trade and Transportation, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, and Visiting Professor at School of Management, Universidad de Los Andes Colombia. Visiting professorships also include Athens University of Economics, Greece; University of Antwerp, Belgium; University of Old Dominion, Virginia, US; University of Texas A&M, US; Parthenope University of Naples; & Hong-Kong Polytechnic University.
He won twice the “Maritime Economics & Logistics Best Paper Award” of the International Maritime Association of Maritime Economists: in 2017, leading research on private entry in cruise terminal operations; and in 2008, leading research on container port concession agreements. He won the “Best European Study 1999” Competition, organized by the European Community Studies Association (ECSA). His work has been cited more than 5.600 times (h-index = 42).
Thanos has worked in shaping ports and maritime logistics on all different continents. He has contributed to research in North America for Transport Canada (Port Performance Indicators and Benchmarks; Atlantic Gateway Research Initiative; Canadian Port governance reform; and the Association of American Port Authorities (Port Customer Service Initiative); in South America on container port development (Chile) and port policy (Colombia; in Asia defining a maritime strategy (Turkey; Bangladesh); in Africa on port privatization and concessions (UNCTAD); in Europe for OECD, Cruise Europe, and MedCruise on cruise ports. A regular advisor of the European Commission, national governments, and European ports on port issues, he was Secretary-General of MedCruise (2013-17), the association representing more than 100 cruise ports in 20 countries in the Med.
In Greece, Thanos served as General Secretary for Ports & Port Policy at the Ministry of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping, Hellenic Republic, and as member of the National Council for the Development of State assets.
Contract research includes projects and consultancy studies examining the structures of the European port industry and other maritime topics – and has been financed, among others, by competition authorities in Europe and North America, port authorities, associations representing port and shipping interests, and several terminal operators, shipping and maritime-related companies.
His books examine the European Port Policy (published in English, Japanese, and Greek), the Common EU Maritime Transport Policy (published in English and Greek), Maritime Transport: The Greek Paradigm (in English), and Port Economics and Policy (in English).
He received his BSc (Economics) from Athens University of Economics, Greece (1992), his MA (Economics of European Integration) from Exeter University, UK (1993), and a Ph.D. from the School of Management, University of Bath, UK in 1998.
BSc in Maritime Studies
- ΝΑ305 Port Economics
- ΝΑ59 Shipping Markets and Ports
- ΝΑ62 European policies for Transport and Ports
- ΝΑ71 Ports and Regional Development
MSc in Port Management and Coastal Economy
- Port Management and Economics – Greek Port System
MSc in Shipping Management
- Management of Ports & Terminals
- World Ports Tracker (2022- ). Financed by: International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).
- Triannual Strategic Plan of the Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ionio – Porto di Taranto 2024-2026 (2023). Financed by: Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ionio – Porto di Taranto.
- Μeasuring the economic impact of cruise in Heraklion (2022-2023). Heraklion Port Authority SA.
- Μeasuring the economic impact of cruise in Thessaloniki (2022-2023). Thessaloniki Port Authority SA & Tourism Board of Thessaloniki.
- Economic and Maritime Links between Greece and Panama (2022). Financed by: To Diktyo-Network for Port Reform in Greece and Europe.
- Transport and Trade Connectivity in the age of pandemics (2020-21). Trade Logistics Branch, Division on Technology & Logistics United Nations Committee on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations.
- Evaluation of the Greek Regulatory Authority for Ports (2021). Scientific Director. Financed by: Regulatory Authority for Ports, Greece.
- Developing a Strategy for Marinas in Greece (2021). Scientific Director. Financed by: DiaNeosis Think Tank, Greece.
- COVID-19 Economic Impact Barometer (2020). Scientific Director (with T.E. Notteboom). Financed by: International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).
- Centre for Sustainable Port Development – Intelligent Research Infrastructure for Shipping, Supply Chain, Transport and Logistics Plus (ENIRISST+) (2020-21). Financed by: European Commission.
- Institutional reform of the Colombian port system (2020). Financed by: Ministry of Transport, Colombia.
- Reorganisation of the governance of the Canadian port system (2019). Financed by: Transport Canada.
- Cruise Europe Fact Finding Report (2019). Financed by Cruise Europe – The Association of cruise ports in Northern and Atlantic Europe.
- Reorganisation of the governance model of the Greek port system (2018). Financed by: Hellenic Ministry of Shipping and Insular Policy.
- Economic viability and tourism development analysis for cruise terminal ORIO project in Mindelo, Cape Verde (2017). Financed by: Ministry of Economic Affairs (Netherlands).
- Ports Observatory for Performance Indicators Analysis (PORTOPIA) (2013-2017). Financed by: European Commission.
- Euro-portraits. European PORTWorkers Training Scheme (2013-2017). Financed by: European Commission.
- Economic viability and tourism development analysis for cruise terminal ORIO project in Mindelo, Cape Verde. (2017). Financed by: Ministry of Economic Affairs (Netherlands).
- Technical support for the preparation of a project proposal related with the development of Motorways of the Seas in the TEN-T Axis Orient/East Med. (2017). Financed by: Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy (Greece).
- Cyprus Port Authority: Strategic Plan for 2065 (2015-2016). Financed by the Cyprus Port Authority.
- Due diligence study of port privatization for International Terminal Operator, Europe (2016) – financed by PORTEK International Pte Ltd. / MITSUI & CO Ltd.
- Report on labour-related issues at the port of Thessaloniki (Greece) and provision of advisory services”. -Financed by: Dubai Ports World.
- Merging of Greek Port Authorities (2016-2017), Financed by: Greek Regulatory Port Authority.
- Strategic Plan for the development of Cyprus Maritime Cluster. Financed by the Cyprus Ministry of Transportation.
- Thalis Black Sea City-ports Project. Financed by Greek Ministry for Competitiveness.
- Jean Monnet Grant in European Port Policy (564848-EPP-1-2015) (Scientific Director) (2015 -2018); Financed by: European Commission
- COMPASS – Piraeus: Port Businesses Market Due Diligence. Due diligence study of port of Piraeus privatisation for: COSCO PACIFIC S.A.
- Cyprus Shipping: Strategy for Competitiveness (2014)- Led by Ernst Young / Financed by the Cyprus Ministry of Competitiveness.
- LIFE+ (2011-14). Sustainable Cruise–Waste Reception in Cruise Ports. Financed by: European Commission.
- E-Shipping – Development of Electronic platform for the exchange of knowledge and information in marine and maritime education (2013-2014) – Financed by: European Commission
- Jean Monnet Grant in European Port Policy (08/141236) (Scientific Director) (2008 -2013); Financed by: European Commission
- OBS-EURISLES/The Development of the Islands: European Islands and Cohesion Policy – Euroislands – ESPON 2013 Program” (2009-2013); Financed by: European Commission
- Atlantic Gateway (2008-2010); Financed by: Transport Canada
- Essential clauses for the provision of maritime transport services in insular areas (2008-2009); Financed by: Institute of Local Government (ITA), Greece.
- Analysis and preparation of a publication of the results available aiming a description of the coastal and sea area by country(2008); Financed by: European Commission
- Port Performance Benchmarks and Indicators (2007-2008); Financed by: Transport Canada
- Jean Monnet Grant in European Port Policy (03/121) (Scientific Director) (2003-2008); Financed by: European Commission
- Analysis of the implication of the European Commission’s Green Paper on Maritime Policy (2007-2008); Financed by: Centre for Analysis and Strategy, Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs & the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).
- Strategies and Competitiveness of Greek Shipping and Greek Ports (2006–2009); Financed by: Greek Ministry of Economic Development; Regulatory Authority for Competition; Ceres Hellenic Shipping Enterprises; Port of Igoumenitsa SA; Union of Mediterranean Cargo Shipowners.
- The organisation of port services production – effective administration and management of passenger terminals (2004–2007); Financed by: Greek Ministry of Economic Development; Port of Piraeus SA.
- Intelligent Port Systems (iPORTS). (2006 -2008); EU Community Initiative – Programme INTERREG III
- Greek Shipping, Employment and Competitiveness (2006); Financed by: Union of Greek Seafarers
- State Actions for the implementation of technological applications in maritime transport (2006); Financed by: Greek Ministry of Mercantile Marine; Information Society SA.
- Coastal Shipping in Greece: Development of a Market Monitoring System (2003–2004) (Scientific Co-director); Financed by: Regulatory Authority for internal Maritime Transportation
- Teaching and Organisation of teaching activities for training of Specialists in Sea Transport Management at Odessa State Maritime University (TACIS–TEMPUS Project) (Teaching Fellow) (2002– 2004); Financed by: European Commission
- Problems, methods, and tools, of financing investments in rural innovations Organisation and Operation of Greek Units in the European Network Leader II (2001); Financed by: European Commission
- Enhancement of Industrial Employee’s key-core Qualifications Using distance Learning and Computer Infrastructure – Leonardo da Vinci program (1999-2000); Financed by: European Commission.
Brooks M.R. and Pallis, A.A. (ed.) (2012). Classics in Port Economics and Management, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Pallis A.A. (2007) (ed.). Maritime Transport: The Greek Paradigm, London: Elsevier.
Pallis A.A. and Bissias I.A. (2011). Go Maritime n Greek) Athens: Gutenberg.
Theodoropoulos S., Lekakou M.B. and Pallis A.A. (2006). European Policies for Shipping, (in Greek), Athens: Tipothito.
Chlomoudis, C.I. and Pallis A.A. (2002) European Port Policy: Towards a Long Term Strategy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Pallis A.A. (2002). The Common EU Maritime Transport Policy: Policy Europeanisation in the 1990s, Aldershot: Ashgate.
Knatz, G., Notteboom T. & Pallis A.A. (2023). Container Terminal Automation: Assessment of Drivers and Benefits. Maritime Policy and Management, https://doi.org/10.1080/03088839.2023.2249460.
Papachristou A.A. Pallis A.A. and Vaggelas G.K. (2022). Cruise home-port selection criteria. Research in Transportation Business and Management, Vol. 45B, Article 100584.
Pallis A.A., Wilmsmeier G. and Satta G. (2022). Preparing cruise lines, ports, and destinations for the next day of cruising, Research in Transportation Business and Management, 1-5.
Brooks M.R., Knatz, G. Pallis A.A. and Wilmsmeier G. (2022). Transparency in port governance: setting a research agenda. Journal of Shipping and Trade, 7 (1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s41072-021-00103-4.
Brooks M.R., Knatz, G. Pallis A.A. and Wilmsmeier G. (2021). Visibility and Verifiability in Port Governance Transparency Exploring Stakeholder Expectations. WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs, 20 (4), 435-455.
Notteboom T.E. Pallis A.A. and Rodrigue J-P. (2021). Disruptions and Resilience in Container Shipping, Ports and Supply chains: The COVID-19 pandemic vs. the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis. Maritime Economics and Logistics. 23, 179-210.
Chaos, S.R., Pallis A.A., Marchán S.S., Roca D.P. and Conejo A.S.A. (2021). Economies of Scale in Cruise Shipping. Maritime Economics and Logistics, 23, 674-696.
Pallis A.A. and Papachristou A.A. (2021). European Cruise ports: Challenges since the pre-pandemic era. Transport Reviews, 41 (3), 352-373.
Papachristou A.A. Pallis A.A. and Vaggelas G.K. (2020). Cruise home-port selection criteria. Research in Transportation Business and Management, doi.org/10.1016/j.rtbm.2020.100584.
Pallis A.A., Arapi K.P. & Papachristou A.A. (2019). Models of Cruise Ports Governance. Maritime Policy and Management, 46(5), 630-651.
Vaggelas G.K. and Pallis A.A. (2019). Configuration and Prospects of the Piraeus shipping cluster. In: Spoudai Quarterly Economic Journal, 69, 3-17.
Parola, F., Pallis, A.A. & Song D-W. (2019). Shipping and Port Marketing, Transport Policy, 1-5.
Parola, F., Pallis, A.A., Risitano, M. & Ferretti, M. (2018). Marketing strategies of port authorities: A multi-dimensional theorisation, Transportation Research Policy and Practice Part A, 111, 199-212.
Pallis, A.A., Parola, F., Satta G. & Notteboom T. (2018). “Private Entry and Emerging Partnerships in Cruise Terminal Operations in the Meditteranean Sea, Maritime Economics and Logistics, 20(1), 1-28. Palgrave-Maritime Economic & Logistics Best Paper Award, 2017.
Notteboom T. Parola, F., Satta G. and Pallis, A.A. (2017). The relationship between port choice and terminal involvement of alliance members in container shipping, Journal of Transport Geography, 64C, 158-173.
Pallis, A.A. and Vaggelas G.K. (2017). Port governance: A Greek Prototype. Research in Transportation Business and Management, 22, 49-57.
Brooks M.R., Cullinane K.P.B. and Pallis, A.A. (2017). Revisiting Port Governance and Port Reform: A Multi-country Examination. Research in Transportation Business and Management, 22, 1-10.
Pallis, A.A. Parola, F., Acciaro Μ., (2017). Empirical methods in the study of maritime economics – Editorial, Maritime Economics and Logistics, 1-7.
Pallis, A.A. and Theotokas I.N. (2017). Shipping and Ports at Crossroads. Editorial. Spoudai Quarterly Economic Journal, 67(1), 3-6.
Pallis, A.A. Papachristou A.A. and Platias C. (2017) Environmental policies and practices in Cruise Ports: Waste reception facilities in the Med. Spoudai Quarterly Economic Journal, 67(1), 54-70.
Pallis, A.A. and Arapi K.P. (2016). A Multi-Port Cruise Region: Dynamics and Hierarchies in the Med. Tourismos, 11(2), 168-201.
Bissias Ι.G. and Pallis, A.A. (2016). Representing shipowners: Explaining strategic interactions with the media. International Journal of Decision Sciences, Risk and Management, 6(3), 225-239.
Lau Y-Y., Tam K-C., Ng, A.K.Y. and Pallis, A.A. (2014). Cruise terminals site selection process: An institutional analysis of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong. Research in Transportation Business and Management, 13, 16-23.
Wang G., Pallis, A.A. and Notteboom T.E. (2014). Incentives in Cruise Terminal Concession Contracts Research in Transportation Business and Management, 13, 36-42.
Pallis, A.A., Rodrigue, J.-P., & Notteboom, T.E. (2014). Cruises and cruise ports: Structures and strategies. Research in Transportation Business and Management, 13, 1–5. .
Wang G. and Pallis, A.A. (2014). Incentives Approaches to overcome moral hazard in port concession agreements. Transportation Research E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 67, 162-174.
Pallis, A.A. and Theotokas I.N. (2014). Shapes of Modern Shipping, Editorial, International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 6(5), 461-465.
Notteboom T.E. Pallis, A.A. de Langen P.W. and Papachristou A.A. (2013). Advances in Port Studies: The contribution of 40 years Maritime Policy and Management. Maritime Policy and Management, 40(7), 636-653.
Ng, A.K.Y., Padilha, F. and Pallis, A.A. (2013). Institutions, bureaucratic and logistical roles of dry ports: the Brazilian experiences’. Journal of Transport Geography, 27, 46-55.
Ng, A.K.Y., Hall P.V. and Pallis, A.A. (2013). Institutional Frameworks and the transformation of transport nodes, Journal of Transport Geography, 27, 1-3.
Brooks M.R. and Pallis, A.A. (2013), Advances in Port Performance and Strategy. Research in Transportation Business and Management, 8, 1-6.
Psaraftis H.N. and Pallis A.A. (2012). Concession of the Piraeus Container Terminal: Turbulent times and the quest for competitiveness. Maritime Policy and Management, 39(1), 27-43.
Notteboom T., Pallis A.A. and Farrell S. (2012). Terminal Concessions in seaports revisited (Guest editorial). Maritime Policy and Management 39(1), 1-5.
Brooks M.R., Schellinck, T. and Pallis A.A. (2011). Port Effectiveness: Users perspectives in North America. Transportation Research Record (TRR), 2222, 34-42.
Pallis A.A., Vitsounis T.K., De Langen P.W. and Notteboom T.E. (2011). Port Economics, Policy and Management: Content Classification and Survey. Transport Reviews, 31(4), 445-471.
Brooks M.R., Schellinck, T. and Pallis A.A. (2011). A systematic approach of evaluating Port Effectiveness. Maritime Policy and Management. 38(3), 315-334.
Rodrigue J-P., Notteboom T.E, and Pallis A.A. (2011). The Financialisation of the Terminal and Port Industry: Revisiting Risk & Embeddedness. Maritime Policy and Management, 38(2), 191-213.
Ng K.Y.A., Koo A. and Pallis A.A. (2011). Professionalisation of the Shipping Industry via Postgraduate Education. Ocean & Coastal Management, 54(5), 364-373.
Pallis A.A. and Ng K.Y.A. (2011). Maritime business and management studies: Anatomy of student’s profiles, motivations, expectations. Maritime Policy and Management, 38(4), 369-395.
Kaselimi, E.N., Notteboom, T.E., Pallis A.A., and Farrell, S. (2011). Minimum Efficient Scale (MES) vs. ‘Preferred’ Scale of Container Terminals. Research in Transportation Economics, 32(1), 71-80.
Ng K.Y.A., and Pallis A.A. (2010). Port governance reforms in diversified institutional frameworks: Generic Solutions, Implementation asymmetries. Environment and Planning A, 42(9) 2147 – 2167.
Pallis A.A., Vitsounis T.K. and de Langen P.W. (2010). Research in port economics, policy and management: Review of an emerging research field. Transport Reviews, 30 (1), 115-161.
Vaggelas G.K. and Pallis A.A. (2010). Passenger ports: Port Services and their benefits. Maritime Policy and Management. 37(1), 73-89.
Pallis A.A. and de Langen P.W. (2010). Seaports and the structural implications of the Economic crisis. Research in Transportation Economics, 27, 10-18.
Brooks M.R., McCalla, R., Pallis A.A., and Van der Lugt L. (2010). Cooperation and Coordination in Strategic Port Management: The case of Atlantic Canadian ports. Canadian Journal of Transportation, 4(1), 29-42.
Theys C., Notteboom T.E., Pallis A.A., de Langen P.W. (2010). The economics behind the awarding of terminals in seaports: A research agenda. Research in Transportation Economics (special issue: The Port and Maritime industries in the post-2008 world) 27, 10-18.
Lekakou M.B., Pallis A.A. and Vaggelas, G.K. (2009). Which Homeport in Europe: The Cruise industry’s selection criteria, Tourismos, 4(4), 215-240.
Pallis A.A., Notteboom T. & de Langen P.W. (2008). Concession agreements and market entry in Container Terminals. Maritime Economics and Logistics, 10(3), 209-228. (IF: 1.588). Palgrave-Maritime Economic & Logistics Best Paper Award, 2008.
Brooks M.R. and Pallis A.A. (2008). Assessing port governance models: Process and performance components. Maritime Policy and Management, 35(4), 411-432. (IF: 1.22).
Pallis Α.Α. (2008). Lobbying EU Institutions: Strategies and Governance of Contending Maritime Interests. Current Politics and Economics of Europe, 19(3), 179-202.
Corres A.J.E. and Pallis A. A. (2008). Flag-State Performance: An Empirical Evaluation. WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs, 7(1), 241-261.
Pallis A.A. and Tsiotsis S.G.P. (2008). Maritime Interests and the EU Port Services Directive. European Transport, 38, 17-31.
Lambrou M.A., Pallis A.A. and Nikitakos N.V. (2008). Exploring the applicability of electronic markets to port governance. International Journal of Ocean Systems Management, 1(1), 14-30.
De Langen P.W. and Pallis Α.Α. (2007). Entry Barriers in Seaports, Maritime Policy and Management, 34(5), 427-440.
Pallis A.A. (2007). Whither Port Strategy? Theory and Practice in Conflict. Research in Transportation Economics, 21, 345-386.
Pallis A.A. and Syriopoulos, T. (2007). Port Governance Models: Α Financial Evaluation of Greek Port Restructuring. Transport Policy,14(2), 232-246.
Pallis A.A. (2007). Maritime Interests in the EU Policy-making: Structures, Practices and Governability of Collective Action. WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs, 6(1), 3-20.
Pallis A.A. and Lambrou M.A. (2007). Electronic Markets Business Models to Integrate Ports in Supply Chains, Journal of Maritime Research, 4(3), 67-86.
Pallis A.A. (2006). EU Port Policy Developments: Implications for Port Governance. Research in Transportation Economics, 17, 161-176.
Pallis A.A. (2006). Port Governance in Greece, Research in Transportation Economics, 17, 491-508.
Pallis A.A. (2006). Institutional dynamism in the EU Policy-making: The evolution of the EU Maritime Safety Policy. Journal of European Integration, 28(2), 137-157.
De Langen P.W. and Pallis A.A. (2006). The benefits of intra-port competition. International Journal of Transport Economics, 33(1), 69-85.
Pallis A.A. (2005). Maritime Interests Representation in the EU. European Political Economy Review, 3(2), 6-28.
Pallis A.A. and Vaggelas G.K. (2005). Port Competitiveness and the EU Port Services Directive: The case of Greek ports. Maritime Economics and Logistics, 7(2), 116-140, (IF: 1.588).
Chlomoudis, C.I. and Pallis A.A. (2005). The EU Port Policy in a Historical Perspective. European Research Studies, 8(1), 21-42.
Lekakou M.B. and Pallis A.A. (2005). Cruising the Mediterranean Sea: Market Structures and EU Policy Initiatives. Aegean Working Papers, 2(1), 45-61.
Chlomoudis C.I., Karalis V.A., Pallis A.A. (2003). Port Reorganisation and the Worlds of Production Theory, European Journal of Transport Infrastructure Research, 3(1), 77-94.
Chlomoudis C.I. and Pallis A.A. (2002). Trends in Investments in Port Infrastructure in the Mediterranean Countries: Convergence or Divergence to EU Policies? Spoudai Quarterly Economic Journal, 52(1), 65-82.
Chlomoudis C.I. and Pallis A.A. (1999). The need for a New Philosophy of Port Management and Organisation: Effective Responses to Contemporary Challenges. European Research Studies, 2(2), 91-103.
Chlomoudis, C.I. and Pallis A.A. (1997). Investments in Transport Infrastructure in Greece: Have the EU Initiatives promoted their Balanced and Rational Distribution? World Transport Policy and Practice, 3(4), 23-29.
Pallis A.A. (1997). Towards a Common Port Policy? EU-Proposals and the Industry’s Perceptions. Maritime Policy and Management, 24(4), 365-380.