of Demographic and Social Analyses (LDSA) was established in 1998. It
serves the educational needs of the Department at undergraduate and
postgraduate level and carries basic and applied research in Demography
and Urban Sociology. More specifically, the studies and
surveys it carries out focus on the analysis of demographic
and social data for the needs of spatial planning.
specializes in demographic projections-previsions as well as in the
development of analysis, methods and techniques so as to accurately
describe existing situations and ascertain the determining factors
regional and urban change. The study of demographic and social trends
and their impact at national and regional level represents its core
research activity. Finally, in this context, it tends to focus in the
analysis of demographic trends in South-eastern Europe, giving
particular emphasis to the study of migration, minorities and regional
In its short
period of existence, the LDSA has been equipped with the essential
hardware and software (servers, work stations, storage means, scanners
etc) for its operation. It also possesses a library with 500 volumes on
Demography, Statistics, Thematic Cartography and Balkan issues.
the past few years, and taking into account the experience of its staff
and collaborators , LDSA has been oriented towards applied demographic
analysis, the development of an analysis and management database
software, and an automated cartography of the results. Significant
specialisation has been achieved in the development of friendly to the
user database management tools, statistical analysis of demographic and
social data, and applications of Geographical Information Systems with
emphasis on thematic cartography and the Internet. All these activities
have educational, research and operational dimensions.
framework of the Laboratory, Master dissertations as well as Ph.D.
theses have been and are being elaborated. Furthermore, every year it
organizes seminars, lectures and meetings in its fields of interest,
with the collaboration of significant scholars and
researchers from Greece and abroad.
See also: 'e-demography' (data, metadata and analysis for Greece)