Polis University U_Polis, Tirana, Albania

From the U_Polis website:

U_POLIS is a 'space for thinking' about spatial development, applied design and technology, as well as leadership and entrepreneurship. Polis' mission is provide knowledge, technology, innovation and leadership for people. Through applied and scientific research POLIS develops and promotes scientific excellence and innovation . Through academic teaching it enhances creative and comprehensive competence. POLIS is a regional educational platform in the Western Balkans and East Mediterranean basin, aimed at the creation of a new generation of professionals and scientists with a strong social responsibility.


U_POLIS places great attention on the inclusion of students in research-based teaching, via practical community projects, concrete services for local governments, as well as research, development and innovation programs for society, business and authorities.


POLIS offers “a focused range of studies” in Art-design, Architecture, Urban planning, and Environmental studies. It also provides solid “post-graduate specializations” in Structural Engineering and Energy Efficiency, IT and Parametric applications, Urban design and Landscaping, Restoration and Conservation heritage; Housing and Social issues, Urban management and Good governance, as well as public administration, entrepreneurship and leadership.

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After the Master's diploma ceremony.

My contribution to U_Polis is to help Polis in its development towards an entrepeneurial high quality university, by teaching MBA topics (innovation management, entrepreneurship, research methods), doing and guiding research (on innovation and organization) and help fostering a climate for 'stand-up's' and 'start-up's'.

Research projects in which I am involved are in the fields of Polis'MBA - especially on innovation and HRM.  In the urban field, attention goes to the concept of place identity. Place, like a city, is conceived as a meaningful location, it is an entity that has a social dimension and a very real physical basis. A city holds its own urban identity based on its main features and constructed by a collective attribution

Research was done on the main squares of 4 capitals (Tirana, Skopje, Pristina, Podgorica), especially how government worked on a new identity of these symbolic spaces. Also a paper on the changing urban identity of the city of Rotterdam was written. 
An empirical study on place attachment in Tirana is implemented and should lead to a first publication by the end of 2018. 

Publications and reports

  • Nientied, P. and Janku, E. (2018, forthcoming)  Ambiguous memorial landscapes in post-socialist societies, the case of Tirana’s Pyramid. Paper for Conference TAW 2018 Co Habitation Tactics, Imagining future spaces in architecture, city and landscape. Polis University Tirana, 20-23 September.

  • Nientied, P., & Aliaj, B. (2018, autumn) The public in search of identity – new symbolism in urban spaces, a study of central squares of Balkan capitals. In: Finka, M., & Jaššo, M. (eds.) The role of the public sector in innovative local economic and territorial development in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. Spingerverlag

  • Nientied, P., and Toska, M. (2018) Motivation of knowledge workers, the case of Albania. In: Slovak Academy of Management & University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics (eds.) Conference Papers 5th Intl. Conference on Management and Organization in the Digital Society. Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia, June 14–15, 2018. p.137-156

  • Nientied, P. (2018) Hybrid Urban Identity—The Case of Rotterdam. Current Urban Studies, 6, 152-173. 

  • Nientied, P., E. Porfido & A. Ciro (2018) Sustainable tourism development in Albania in times of liquid modernity. In Adornato, F. et al. (eds.) Enhancing sustainable sourism in Adriatic-Ionian region through co-creation: the role of universities and public-private partnerships. Macerata, EUM Edizioni Università di Macerata. pp. 73-92.

  • Nientied, P., & Shutina, D. (2017) High performance work practices in Albania. Journal of Human Resource Management XX(2), 11-20.

  • Nientied, P. (2016) Metaphors and urban studies – a crossover, theory and a case study of SS Rotterdam. City, Territory and Architecture, 3(21).  

  • Nientied, P. and E. Karafili (2016) Towards a pragmatic perspective of innovation the Western Balkan Countries, the case of Albania. International Journal of Business and Management 11(3), 193-202.

  • Porfido, E., Ciro, A., & Nientied, P. (2016) Regional tourism, a comparative analysis in Albania. Tirana; Polis University (report for Swiss Development Corporation).

  • Nientied, P. (2015) Polis university as a lean startup innovation.  International Business Research 8(5), p. 19-29 

  • Nientied, P. (2014) Urbanization and urban – rural partnerships, Experience from Europe. Paper for Regional Workshop on Rural-Urban Poverty Linkages Hangzhou City, IPRCC – ADB, China, 2-4 September 2014.

  • Nientied, P. and R. Toto (2012) SDx and the City, how Values shape the Urban Environment. Proceedings Scientific Conference Tirana Architecture Week, October 2012, p. 277-291.

  • Nientied, P. (2010) A City Square that Never Came Alive, The Case of Theatre Square, Rotterdam.  A+P Journal No.4. 

  • Nientied, P., and R. Toto (2009) ‘The Concept of the Creative City in the Balkan Region Context’. A+P Journal No.2. 

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