Nicos Komninos is currently a professor of Urban Development and Innovation Policy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He holds a Master’s Degree of Architect-Engineer from the Aristotle University and a PhD from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He teaches courses on “Learning Regions”, “Planning for Technology Cities” , “Digital Cities”, and the postgraduate seminar “Intelligent Cities: Environments and Systems of Innovation”.
He is founder and director of the Urban and Regional Innovation (URENIO) Research and has co-ordinated about ninety research projects under the European Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP), Framework Programmes (FP), and Territorial Cooperation Programmes (Interreg, SEE, MED). His research interests are on “innovation ecosystems” and “intelligent cities” (virtual innovation environments, intelligent clusters and technology districts, living labs, smart innovation environments, smart cities and the future Internet). In 2008 he received the Award for Excellence and Innovation of Aristotle University for accomplishments in competitive research. Along with research, he took part in the development of smart cities, technology parks, and innovation strategies in most EU countries; in UNIDO activities on regional innovation in developing countries; in the OECD innovation strategy; and actually in the assessment of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) across many regions of Europe.
He has published extensively on urban and regional development and planning, innovation territories, smart and intelligent cities. He is the author of twelve books including the trilogy “Intelligent Cities: Innovation, knowledge systems and digital space” (Routledge, 2002), “Intelligent Cities and Globalisation of Innovation Networks” (Routledge, 2008), and “The Age of Intelligent Cities: Smart Environments and Innovation-for-all Strategies” (Routledge, 2014). He was guest editor of three special issues on smart cities, “Intelligent Clusters, Communities and Cities: Enhancing innovation with virtual environments and embedded systems”, International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, Vol. 1.4, 2009; “Smart Applications for Smart Cities”, Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, Vol. 2012.3 (together with H. Schaffers and C. Ratti); and “Smart Cities and the Future Internet in Europe”, Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Vol.4.2, 2013 (together with H. Schaffers and M. Pallot).
He is member of the editorial board of eight academic journals and associate editor of the “Journal of the Knowledge Economy”, the “European Journal of Innovation Management”, and the “Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: A system’s view across time and space”.