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Port Economics and Port Policy


Dr. Athanasios A. (Thanos)Pallis is Professor at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport, of the University of the Aegean, where he teaches Port Economics and Management, Port Policies and Development, Economics of the European Union, and the postgraduate course European Port Policy. A Fulbright Scholar (2008-11) at the Centre for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy (CEMTPP), Columbia University, New York, US, he holds a Visiting Professor post at the Centre for International Trade and Transportation, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (since 2007) and lectures at the University of Antwerp, ITMMA (since 2006). His research and teaching interests include port economics and policy; (maritime) transport policies and governance; applications of microeconomic and industrial policies in the transportation sector. Th. Pallis served as General Secretary for Ports & Port Policy, Ministry of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping, Hellenic Republic, and Member of the National Council for the Development of State assets (2011-12). He served as the Secretary General of Med Cruise. He is the scientific coordinator of a Jean Monnet action in European Port Policy he is aregular contributor at OECD, UNCTAD, European Commission, IAPH, AIVP,and ESPO (European Seaport Organization) discussions regarding the shaping of the port sector, and has participated in research teams advising the European Commission and national governments on port performance and benchmarking. In 2008 he led research on port concessions that won the “Maritime Economics & Logistics Best Paper Award, 2008”. He won the “Best European Study 1999” Competition, organised by the European Community Studies Association (ECSA). His work has been cited in the international literature over 700 times, and acknowledged, by the European Parliament and reviews of the most important studies in the field of port economics and policy.

Selected Publications

  • 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, in press.
  • Parola, F., Pallis, A.A., Risitano, M., Ferretti, M. (2018). Marketing strategies of port authorities: A multi-dimensional theorisation, href=””>Transportation Research Policy and Practice Part A 111, 199-212.
  • Pallis, A.A. (2015). Cruise shipping and Ports. Cruise Shipping and Urban Development State of the Art of the Industry and Cruise Ports. OECD-ITF Discussion Paper 2015-14, OECD: Paris.
  • Brooks, M.R., Pallis, A.A. and Perkins, S. (2014), Port Investment and Container Shipping Markets, OECD-ITF Discussion Paper 2014-3, OECD: Paris.
  • Lau Y-Y., Tam K-C., Ng, A.K.Y. & 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. (IF: 0.673).
  • 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. (IF: 0.673).
  • 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 (ISI Impact Factor: 2.943).
  • 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 (IF: 2.538).
  • 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 (ISI IF: 1.447).
  • Brooks M.R., Schellinck, T. and Pallis A.A. (2011). Port Effectiveness: Users perspectives in North America. Transportation Research Record (TRR), 2222, 34-42 (ISI IF: 1.447).
  • 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 ((IF: 1.447).
  • 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: 1.447).