John A. Paravantis is an Associate Professor in the Department of International and European Studies of the University of Piraeus. He holds a 5-year Civil Engineering/Transportation diploma from the National Technical University of Athens as well as a M.Sc. in Transportation and a Ph.D. in Energy and Environment both from Northwestern University. Dr. Paravantis is very fond of teaching: in his 18 year tenure at the University of Piraeus, he has taught 28 undergraduate and 20 graduate courses. In addition, Dr. Paravantis has supervised 43 undergraduate theses, 36 Master’s theses, and two doctoral dissertations. In his research (which has resulted in the publication of 16 peer-reviewed journal papers and over 40 conference papers, which have drawn 1000 citations), Dr. Paravantis uses advanced quantitative techniques (including multivariate statistics, econometric modeling, time series forecasting, game theory, and computer simulation) in order to analyze geopolitical aspects of global energy systems (such as these in the transportation and building sector) and their implications for transnational cooperation and competition. In addition, Dr. Paravantis is a regular reviewer of around 20 energy, environmental and transportation journals. In his professional career, Dr. Paravantis has supervised the drafting of over 40 Environmental Impact Statements, mostly of large transportation network infrastructure.