PRISMA is an independent consulting and research organisation specialising in urban and regional planning, local and regional development and environmental planning, with significant work too in the fields of education, culture, alternative forms of tourism and lifelong learning. PRISMA has gone through a 30-year journey, during which it has also produced important work in the evaluation of national and European programmes, in the management of national and regional development programmes and in the organisation and management, mostly of the public sector.


PRISMA was founded in 1990 and is run by two scientists with significant European and Greek experience, Fouli Papageorgiou, Architect, NTUA, PhD in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Birmingham; and Nikos Varelidis, Mechanical-Electrical Engineer NTUA, M.A. Operations Research, Lancaster University, PhD, London Graduate School of Business studies. An interdisciplinary team of distinguished scientists, researchers, educators and artists have contributed substantially over the years to build the profile and mount the products and impact of PRISMA’s work.


PRISMA adopts an interdisciplinary approach in the conduct of the research and consulting activities it undertakes, making the most of new technologies and methods in the corresponding fields of action, and orientates the results of its worktowards policy making at European, national or local level.


Project assignments come from public bodies in Greece and from the European Commission.

Public bodies include Ministries and central government agencies, as well as local government and regional administration organisations, which have commissioned PRISMA to carry out studies and consulting in the fields of regional and urban planning; local and regional development; evaluation and management of EU-funded Operational Programmes; and organisation and management plans for the public sector.

The European Commission co-finances transnational projects in which PRISMA has the role of coordinator or partner, mainly in the fields of environment, education, culture and tourism.

For the implementation of the projects it undertakes, especially transnational projects, PRISMA collaborates with a wide network of scientific associates as well as consulting companies, universities, public sector organizations and NGOs in Greece and in Europe.

Selected recent collaborations include :
Staff and Associates

Fouli Papageorgiou , Architect NTUA, PhD in Urban and Regional Planning – University of Birmingham.

Nikos Varelidis, Mechanical-Electrical Engineer NTUA, M.A. Operations Research – Lancaster University, PhD – London Graduate School of Business Studies, University of London.

Demetris Mylonas , Environmental Planner, MA in Town Planning, South Bank University, London.

Spyros Fyselias , Regional Planning Engineer, University of Thessaly

Christos Papoutsis , Regional Planning Engineer, University of Thessaly

Louisa Karapidaki , Art Historian-Archeologist, University of Strasbourg, Master I & Master II – University of Sorbonne, Paris.

Louisa Varelidi , Architect, University of Patras, Μ.Α Urban Design -, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College, London.


PRISMA is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece and the Association of Greek Planners; and a founding member of Euracademy Association – The European Academy for Sustainable Rural Development and of the Hellenic Ecotourism Society

Contact us

PRISMA – Centre for Development Studies
Address:Empedocleous 17, Athens 11635, Greece
Tel: +30 2107525660