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Who we are

The Just Transition Institute Greece – JTIG is a non-profit civil partnership with the main goal of implementing scientific activities in support of the effort of the affected areas to the developmental transformation during the period of lignite phase out. It was founded in 2020 in Kozani by people who live and work professionally in the wider territory of Western Macedonia. The regular and non-regular members of the Institute together with its honorary members wish to take an active part in shaping the social, environmental and economic perspective of the affected areas, for a sustainable future during and after the transition period.

The Vision of the Institute is: Assistance & support to institutions, companies, employees, unemployed and citizens in the transition areas that face the greatest challenges of their modern history.

Its’ aims are to support, promote & implement actions towards sustainable development during the period of transformation & regeneration of the economy, mainly in the areas of the country that are in the process of just transition, after their gradual complete lignite phase out (Western Macedonia and Megalopolis).

The individual targeting of JTIG mainly concerns interventions of economic development pillars such as green energy, smart agriculture, sustainable tourism, small industry/ artisanship and industry, the digital economy and of course the education – training of those who lose their jobs, but also of the unemployed or underemployed workers. The dynamic activation of the human resources of the transition areas is also a separate goal.


As of November 2021 Just Transition Institute Greece is a key member of the Just Transition Platform (JTP) Working Group, for the formulation of the Horizontal Strategy of the Stakeholders at EU level.

As of April 2022, Just Transition Institute Greece takes part in the “EU coal regions exchange programme” in cooperation with the Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan, Midland Region, Ireland .

As of July 2022 Just Transition Institute Greece is a part of the COALition project which is funded by Horizon Europe 2021-2027.

 As of October 2023 Just Transition Living Lab which was establishd by Just Transition Institute Greece and University of Western Macedonia was accepted as member of European Network of Living Labs-ENoLL.   
As of November 2023 Just Transition Institute Greece is part of  Transformer Project User Forum.


Meet the team

JTIG members are long time experienced in implementation of EU and national level projects.
Projects sectors are of a wide interest in regional, urban and peri urban level. Their involvement in projects also are regarding publicity, educational and training aspects as also in strategic sectors like entrepreneurship.
Karamarkos Konstantinos

Karamarkos Kostas

Strategic Planner

Freelancer, Mechanical Engineer of AUTh with economics and technical studies, has postgraduate studies in Strategic Management and MBA.

His activities in the technical-consulting field of urban and regional development strategic projects and his thirty years of experience in the preparation, organization, management and coordination of co-financed projects in Greece and the EU are crucial.

He is focusing on the fields of entrepreneurship & smart specialization in projects of Greece & the EU.

He is a collaborator of Regions & Municipalities of the country, the Council of Europe, as well as a lead expert of the Urbact, Interreg Europe, Horizon and EEA programs.

Kostarellas Ioannis

Kostarellas Ioannis

Media Expert

Professional in the field of communications with a background in economics and information systems (Msc Information Systems, University of Brighton).

He is a professional journalist (member of the Association of Editors of Daily Newspapers of Macedonia and Thrace and the European Journalism Center) for the last 15 years.

He has acted for 4 years as a Communication’s Officer of the Municipality of Kozani with an active role in the initiatives undertaken  for the Just Transition. He also specializes in Social Media.

He had been teaching information systems University of Western Macedonia).

Currently he is collaborating with private educational institutions in his capacity as a Certified Adult Educator (EOPPEP) in information systems and Social Media.

Michailidis Ilias

Michailidis Ilias

Training Expert

Graduate of the Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with postgraduate studies in Environmental Physics.

As a scientific collaborator of the atmosphere physics laboratory of AUTh has worked on air pollution issues. As a professional in education, he co-directs secondary schools (called frontistirio – crammer schools), a Center for Creative Employment of Children and a center for lifelong learning.

He participates in the professional trade union bodies of first and second degree educators. He is the president of the Association of educators of Western Macedonia (SEFDYM) and special secretary of the board of directors of the Federation of Educators of Greece (OEFE). He Participates in Regional Development project groups.

Nikou Konstantinos

Nikou Kostas

Business Strategist

Business Consultant since 2004. Equipped with a combined background of applied informatics and corporate investment expertise, he assists private companies into setting and implement sound and sustainable business plans.

Since 2015 he is Head of the Investments Department of the Alpha Estate Winery Greece. 

He holds a MBA from the International Hellenic University Greece) and a MSC in Financial Engineering from the ISMA University of Reading.

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