Master in Economics and Business Master specialization Urban, Port & Transport Economics
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Logistics Centres as economic drivers of their regions ...
Logistics Centres as economic drivers of their regions
Host University: Erasmus Universiteit of Rotterdam
Department of Erasmus School of Economics
This dissertation is the end of my journey in obtaining my Master Diploma at Erasmus School of
Economics. There are many people who motivated and support me with various ways in order to
complete successfully the process of my thesis. First of all, I would like to thank my supervisor
Professor Michiel Nijdam whose valuable comments and useful instructions make my academic work
more fruitful, conceivable and applicable for further research. He was always available to assist me,
he was patient and he finally helped me to gain a great depth and breadth of knowledge about the
software of QGIS (Quantum GIS). Without having any previous knowledge about this cross-platform,
his guidance about QGIS contributed on the successful completion of my thesis research.
Also, I owe special thanks to Mrs. Indira Bazzeo from the department of “New Projects and
Development Unit” at Interporto Bologna SpA for her generous support and help during the
collection of necessary data. Additionally, I would like to thank Mrs. Nadine Küßner from ISL
(Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics) in Bremen who supported my research with useful
information. Also, the valuable discussions and directions which I have taken by Jeanett Bolther
(External Funding and Knowledge Transfer Office Manager of ZLC-Zaragoza Logistics Centre)
contributed significantly on the inspiration of the subject that I investigated on. Moreover, she
provided me with publications and statistical elements which could not be obtained easily by me.
Finally, I would like to express my deepest love to my family (Antonios, Apostolia, Thanasis & Thewni)
and my best friends Thomas, Eugenia, Fani, Vasilis, Antonios, Thanasis, Nikos, Ioannis, Maria and
Antonis. Their encouragement and their unwavering support were the driving force and the guiding
light of my research which might not be completed without them. For this reason, I owe them
everything and I wish I could put into words how important they are to me.
of September, 2013,
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