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Dr Vangelis Pitidis


Assistant Professor

 Evangelos dot Pitidis at warwick dot ac dot uk

 +44(0)24 765 24571

  R2.10, Ramphal Building, School of Cross-Faculty Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL



Vangelis Pitidis is an Assistant Professor of Global Sustainable Development at IGSD, focusing on the intersection of urban resilience, governance and citizen science both in the Global North and in the Global South. Link opens in a new windowHis research is focused on urban resilience and its potential to transform the traditional pathways of urban governance delivery as well as in developing participatory methods for engaging local communities in disaster risk management, based on dialogical co-production methods. Among others, he is currently working on the EU HORIZON 2020 funded project RISKPACC: Integrating Risk Perception and Action to enhance Civil protection-Citizen interactionLink opens in a new window, a project focused on bridging the Risk Perception and Action Gap (RPAG) between Civil Protection Authorities and local citizens.

Vangelis has previously worked in a number of interdisciplinary projects on building resilience and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries partiularly in Latin America and Africa. Prior to his current occupation, Vangelis has worked as a Research Fellow in the interdisciplinary project Waterproofing Data: Engaging Stakeholders in Sustainable Flood Risk Governance for Urban Resilience (2023 ESRC Outstanding Societal Impact AwardLink opens in a new window) and co-led of the associated UKRI GCRF Global Research Translation Award aiming to enhance flood resilience in two different communities in São Paulo and Rio Branco (Acre), in Brazil. His interdisciplinary background, cutting across social sciences, urban planning, human geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has helped him undertake a number of different roles in many developmental projects, including teaching and lecturing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is currently the lead convenor the module ES99E: Urban Resilience, Disasters and DataLink opens in a new window, a core module of the MSc in Humanitarian EngineeringLink opens in a new window.

Vangelis is currently acting as the Impact Lead for the School of Cross-Faculty Studies and will be leading the ECR representative in the newly created Sustainability Spotlight Network Initiative based at the University of Warwick.

RiskPACC: Integrating Risk Perception and Action to enhance Civil protection-Citizen interactionLink opens in a new window

EU Horizon 2020-SU-SEC Funding, Award €5.5m September 2021-August/2024, PI: Dr Claudia Berchtold/Fraunhofer INT. Co-I Prof. Jon Coaffee/ University of Warwick.

Role: Co-Investigator (Co-I)

Facilitating knowledge exchange between citizens and policy makers through dialogical participatory mappingLink opens in a new window

Policy Support Fund , Award (~£50K), University of Warwick, January -July 2023

Role: Principal Investigator (PI)

Early Career Researcher Network for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account: Evolving Impact and Impact Network Grant, Award (£39,2K) PI: Giorgia Barboni/ Warwick Business School, September 2021 - July 2022

Role: Co-Investigator (Co-I)

Accelerating the impact of citizen-generated data for improving the monitoring and management of catastrophic flooding

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account: Evolving Impact and Impact Network Grant, Award (~£50K), University of Warwick,

Role: Principal Investigator (PI)

UKRI GCRF Global Research Translation Award: Waterproofing DataLink opens in a new window

Global Challenges Research Fund, project funded to fast track promising research findings into real-world solutions, Award (£~328K), October/2019 - December 2021, PI Prof Pamela Thomas/University of Warwick, Co-I Prof Porto de Albuquerque/ University of Warwick,

Role: Co-Investigator (Co-I)

Waterproofing Data: engaging stakeholders in sustainable flood risk governance for urban resilience, Belmont Forum/ESRC/FAPESP/BMBF Award (€1m), June/2018-September/2021. Funding under the Transformations to SustainabilityLink opens in a new window programme of Belmont Forum and NORFACE delivered in the UK by the ESRC under the Global Challenges Research Fund. Working with partners in Brazil and Germany and doing fieldwork in the cities of Rio Branco and São Paulo (Brazil) PI Prof Porto de Albuquerque/ University of Warwick, Institute for Global Sustainable Development.

Role: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF)

UK-Brazil collaboration for investigating the nexus between water, health and urban resilience, Link opens in a new windowUniversity of Warwick and São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Award (£20K), September/2018-September/2020, project partners: University of Warwick, University of São Paulo, Department of Hydraulics & Sanitary Engineering: WADI Lab (Water-Adaptive Design & Innovation Lab), PI Prof. Porto de Albuquerque/ University of Warwick Co-I: Prof Mario Mendiondo/ University of São Paulo.

Link opens in a new windowUK-Brazil Collaboration on Leveraging Crowdsourced and Sensor Data to Support Urban Resilience. EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund Institutional Award (£50K), June/2016-March/2017, project partners: British Geological Survey, National Disaster Monitoring and Early-Warning Centre (CEMADEN), Brazil Geological Survey (CPRM), University of São Paulo, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Co-I: Dr Nathaniel Tkacz.

Role: Research Assistant

Investigating the Nexus between Water, Health and Urban ResilienceLink opens in a new window, Warwick Brazil Partnership Fund Santander Universities (£18.7K) awarded Aug/2016-Jul/2018.

Role: Research Assistant (RA)

Making sense of humanitarian geospatial data: assessing data, methods and governance practices to improve the impact of humanitarian interventions on health and wellbeing, ESRC Impact Acceleration Account International Development NGO Data Fund application on 01/09/2018 - 16/03/2019, Award (£6K).

Role: Named Researcher (NR)

NIHR Global Health Unit on Improving Health in Slums at the University of Warwick, PI Richard Lilford/Warwick Medical School, £5.6m; Co-I Professor Porto de Albuquerque, managed budget £600K). National Institute for Health Research, awarded Jun 2017-Mar 2021. WP1: Geo-spatial mapping of health services in slums and working with partners in Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan. Press release, Global Health Unit summary. Role: Research Assistant (October 2017- October 2018)

Role: Research Assistant (RA)

Pitidis, V., Coaffee, J., & Lima-Silva, F. (2024). Advancing equitable ‘resilience imaginaries’ in the Global South through dialogical participatory mapping: Experiences from informal communities in Brazil. Cities, 150, 105015. 

Pitidis, V., Coaffee, J., & Bouikidis, A. (2023). Creating ‘resilience imaginaries’ for city-regional planning. Regional Studies, 57(4), 698–711. 

Porto de Albuquerque, J., Anderson, L., Calvillo, N., Cattino, M., Clarke, A., Cunha, M. A., Degrossi, L., Garde-Hansen, J., Klonner, C., Lima-Silva, F., Marchezini, V., Martins, M., Pajarito Grajales, D., Pitidis, V., Rizwan, M., Tkacz, N., & Trajber, R. (2023). Dialogic data innovations for sustainability transformations and flood resilience: the case for Waterproofing Data. Global Environmental Change, 82(July). 

Porto de Albuquerque, J., Anderson, L., Calvillo, N., Coaffee, J., Cunha, M. A., Degrossi, L. C., Dolif, G., Horita, F., Klonner, C., Lima-Silva, F., Marchezini, V., da Mata Martins, M. H., Pajarito-Grajales, D., Pitidis, V., Rudorff, C., Tkacz, N., Traijber, R., & Zipf, A. (2021). The role of data in transformations to sustainability: a critical research agenda. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 49, 153–163. 

Marchezini V., Porto de Albuquerque J., Pitidis V., Rudorff C., Lima-Silva F., Klonner C. and Martins M. (2022), 'Flood risk governance in Brazil and the UK: facilitating knowledge exchange through research gaps and the potential of citizen generated data', Disaster Prevention and Management, 31 (6), Available at:

Pitidis V., Albuquerque J.P, Coaffee J., Lima-Silva F.. (2022), 'Enhancing Community Resilience through Dialogical Participatory Mapping'. In Rob Grace, & Hossein Baharmand (Eds.), ISCRAM 2022 Conference Proceedings – 19th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (pp. 495–503). Tarbes, France. Available at: 

Porto de Albuquerque JP. , Anderson L., Calvillo, Nerea, Coaffee J., Cunha M.A., Degrossi L., …Pitidis V., Rudorff C., Tkacz N and Zipf, Alexander (2021). The role of data in transformations to sustainability: a critical research agenda. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 49, 153–163. Available at: 

Coaffee J., de Albuquerque J.P., Pitidis V. (2021) Risk and Resilience Management in Co-production. In: Loeffler E., Bovaird T. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Co-Production of Public Services and Outcomes. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. Link opens in a new window

Pitidis V. and Coaffee J. (2020), Catalysing governance transformations through urban resilience implementation: The case of Thessaloniki, Greece, Cities (107), ISSN 0264-2751 Available at: opens in a new window

Yeboah, Godwin, Troilo, Rafael, Pitidis, Vangelis and Porto de Albuquerque, João (2019) Analysis of OpenStreetMap data quality at different stages of a participatory mapping process : evidence from informal urban settings. In: State of the Map 2019, Heidelberg, Germany, 21-23 Sep 2019. Published in: Proceedings of the Academic Track at the State of the Map doi:10.5281/zenodo.3386562

Porto de Albuquerque, J., Yeboah, G., Pitidis, V. and Ulbrich P. (2019). Towards a participatory methodology for community data generation to analyse urban health inequalities: a multi-country case studyLink opens in a new window. Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaiian Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2019). doi:10.24251/hicss.2019.476

Pitidis, V., Tapete, D., Coaffee, J., Kapetas, L., & Porto de Albuquerque, J. (2018). Understanding the Implementation Challenges of Urban Resilience Policies: Investigating the Influence of Urban Geological Risk in Thessaloniki, GreeceLink opens in a new window. Sustainability, 10 (10), 3573.