South-East European Research Centre

The South-East European Research Centre (SEERC) is a research centre of CITY College, University of York Europe Campus, established as a non-profit, legal entity in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2004. It is conducting multidisciplinary research in the fields of Enterprise, Innovation & Development, Information & Communication Technologies, and Society & Human Development. SEERC’s mission is to support the stable and peaceful development of South-East Europe by conducting pure and applied research in and for the region. To accomplish this, SEERC will employ the existing research capacities of the University of York and CITY College by facilitating collaborations between their research staff and by developing multi-disciplinary networks of researchers from across South-East Europe.

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Nikos Zaharis is the Director of the South East European Research Center (SEERC). He holds a BSc from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in Chemical Engineering, an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, USA. Mr. Zaharis has more than 30 years of experience as a consultant and manager working for industrial as well as public sector organizations on issues ranging from management of innovation to environmental management, economic and regional development in Greece and in a series of eastern European countries. As SEERC’s Director, Mr. Zaharis focuses on research that facilitates the region’s sustainable development, the building of knowledge capacity, and avoidance of brain-drain of the region while at the same time tackling major societal challenges the region is facing.

Dr Dilay Celebi Gonidis is a professor in the department of Business Administration and Economics at City College, University of York Europe Campus and a senior researcher at the South East European Research Centre (SEERC).  Her research interests include logistics, supply chain management, transportation, and operations planning and modelling. Her bachelor degree is in Industrial Engineering of Middle East Technical University, and her PhD from Management Engineering of Istanbul Technical University. Dr. Çelebi worked as a leading consultant to various international organizations, including International Transport Forum at OECD and The World Bank, as well as private companies, public authorities and government institutions in support of their operations planning and policy actions of transport and logistics planning. She has more than 15 years of teaching experience in production management, operations research, decision analysis, and logistics planning and management, through a number of undergraduate and graduate level courses in various universities around Europe.

Dr Simeon Veloudis is an associate professor in the department of computer science at City College, University of York Europe Campus and a senior researcher at the South East European Research Centre (SEERC). He holds a bachelor’s and a PhD degree in computer science from the University of Reading. His research interests lie in the realms of cloud computing, semantic modeling and knowledge management, governance and quality control, security, and formal modeling. He has served as a program committee member in several international conferences, and as a referee for numerous journals in the areas of cloud computing, security and governance and quality control.

Efthalia Kallia has obtained her Master’s degree in Digital Marketing and Social Media from CITY College, University of Sheffield in Thessaloniki. She is an assistant researcher and a communication and dissemination manager in South East European Research Centre (SEERC). She is currently working in various EU funded projects (Horizon 2020, Erasmus+).

Vasiliki Miliadi has a BSc in Psychology from The International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, CITY College. She is currently a research assistant at South East European Research Centre (SEERC) working on various EU funded projects.