Vaggelas George

Associate Professor



Shipping Management, Management of Transport Companies


Dr. George K. Vaggelas is Associate Professor of Shipping and Transport Management at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport of the University of the Aegean. He is member of the “Research in Shipping and Ports Laboratory” of the University of the Aegean and a founding member of PortEconomics – a web-based initiative advancing knowledge exchange on port economics, management and policies. George Vaggelas holds a BSc (Shipping & Enterpreneurship), an MSc in Shipping Trade and Transport (STT), and a PhD (2008) in port economics, management and policy, obtained at the Department of Shipping Trade and Transport, School of Business, University of the Aegean, Greece.

He spent four years (2010-2014) as an advisor to the President and CEO of Thessaloniki Port Authority (ThPA) SA dealing, among others, with the strategic planning of the port and the development of the cruise business. During 2014-2016 he served as member of the Greek Regulatory Authority for Ports, until 2016, when he resigned in order to devote more time in consultancy and research of maritime transportation systems and ports. Since then he has completed shipping and seaport related projects in several European countries, examining transport systems and port reorganization, transport systems investments, port M&A’s, shipping clusters, shipping policy etc.

He has (co-) authored more than 50 studies published in international scientific journals and presented at international conferences examining, among others, shipping transport and seaport economics, management and policy. He is a member of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) and of the Port Performance Research Network (PPRN). He currently serves as a BoD member of the ‘Hellenic Association of Maritime Economists’ (ENOE).


  • Liner Shipping strategies
  • Cruise industry
  • Competitiveness of shipping companies
  • Port efficiency and effectiveness
  • Port strategy

Selected Publications

  1. Pallis A.A. and Vaggelas G.K., (2020). “The changing geography of cruise shipping”. In: Wilmsmeier G., Monios J., Browne M. and Woxenius J. (Eds), Geographies of maritime transport. Transport, Mobilities and Spatial Change, pp.170-191. Edward Elgar.
  2. Vaggelas G.K. and Pallis A.A. (2019). Shipping Alliances, Connectivity, and the growth of Piraeus to major hub. International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) Conference 2019, Athens, Greece, 25-28 June.
  3. Vaggelas G.K. and Pallis A.A., (2019). “Configuration and prospects of the Piraeus shipping cluster”. SPOUDAI Journal of Economics and Business, 69(1-2), pp. 3-17.
  4. Vaggelas G.K., (2019). “Lessons learned from measuring port users’ perceptions on port performance”. Maritime Business Review, 4(2), pp.130-150.
  5. Lagoudis I., Theotokas I., Chatzikosta D. and Vaggelas G.K., (2018). Third Party ship management – A comprehensive literature review. International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) Conference 2018, Mombasa, Kenya, 11-14 September.
  6. Pallis A.A. and Vaggelas G.K., (2017). “Greek prototype of port governance”. Research of Transportation Business and Management, 22, pp. 49–57. [Impact Factor 2.065]
  7. Gagatsi E., Athanasopoulos N., Vaggelas G.K., Aifadopoulou G. and Morfoulaki M., (2013). “ICT for cooperative supply chain visibility within a port centric intermodal setting: The case of the Thessaloniki port-rail-dryport integration. International Journal of Advanced Logistics, 2(1), pp. 38-47.
  8. Marianos, N.,S., Lambrou, M., A., Nikitakos, N., V. and Vaggelas, G., K., (2011). “Managing port e-services in a socio-technical context”. International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 3(1), pp. 27-56. [Impact Factor 1.277]
  9. Vaggelas, G., K., Pallis, A., A., (2010). “Passenger Ports: Services Provision and their Benefits”. Maritime Policy and Management, 37 (1), 73-89.
  10. Grosso, M., Lynce, A-R., Silla, A., Vaggelas, G., K., (2010). “Short Sea Shipping, intermodality and parameters influencing pricing policies: The Mediterranean case”. Netnomics, 11 (1), 47-67. [Impact Factor 0.83]
  11. Lekakou, M., B., Pallis, A., A. and Vaggelas, G., K., (2009). “Which homeport in Europe: The cruise industry’s selection criteria”. TOURISMOS: An international multidisciplinary journal of tourism, 4 (4), pp. 215-240.
  12. Pallis, A., A. and Vaggelas, G., K., (2008). “EU port and shipping security”. In: Talley, W., K., (Ed.), Maritime Safety, Security and Piracy, pp. 237-257. London: Informa