Jason Papathanasiou is an Associate Professor at the Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Greece. He holds a PhD in Operational Research and Informatics and a degree in Physics, both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has worked for a number of years at the Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki and at the University of Western Macedonia. He has organised and participated in a number of international scientific conferences and workshops and has published papers in international scientific peer-refereed journals like the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Regional Studies, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America and European Journal of Operational Research; in all he has more than 100 papers published in conferences, books and journals. He has participated in many national and international research projects in FP6, FP7, Interreg, Erasmus+ and COST and he is a member coordination board of EWGDSS. He was also a member of the Committee of Senior Officials and TDP-Panel of COST.