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Vangelis Pitidis: Research Assistant

Vangelis Pitidis and is a PhD student at the CDT for Urban Science and Progress based at the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities (WISC) until September 2019 and a Research Assistant at the Institute for Global Sustainable Development. His research is focused on urban resilience and its potential to transform the traditional pathways of urban governance delivery as well as in the necessity for the incorporation of resilient practices in urban planning policies. He is jointly supervised by Prof. Jon Coaffee and Prof. João Porto de Albuquerque from the University of Warwick, while his research is also supported by the British Geological Survey and Dr Andrew Hughes through the BGS University Funding Initiative (BUFI). He has graduated from the Department of Planning and Regional Development of the University of Thessaly in 2012 (Diploma equivalent to MSc) and also possesses an MSc in Urban Studies from the University College of London (2012-2013).

Vangelis has worked in a number of interdisciplinary projects on building resilience and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries. His interdisciplinary background, cutting across Social Sciences, Urban Planning, Human Geography and Geographic Information Systems has helped him undertake a number of different roles in many developmental projects, including teaching and lecturing at both Master of Science (Urban Resilience, Disasters and Data) and Bachelor (Software Engineering) levels. Currently, Vangelis is working as a research assistant in the interdisciplinary project Waterproofing Data: Engaging Stakeholders in Sustainable Flood Risk Governance for Urban Resilience, aiming to enhance flood resilience in two different communities in São Paulo and Rio Branco (Acre), in Brazil. Vangelis is also a member of the Resilient Cities Laboratory based at the University of Warwick.

Research projects

Current Projects

Waterproofing Data: engaging stakeholders in sustainable flood risk governance for urban resilience, Belmont Forum/ESRC/FAPESP/BMBF Award (€1m), June/2018-May/2021. Funding under the Transformations to Sustainability 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: Research Assistant

UK-Brazil collaboration for investigating the nexus between water, health and urban resilience, University 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. Role: Co-applicant (Co-A)/Named Researcher (NR)

Past projects

UK-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

Towards a UK-Brazil Interdisciplinary Research Network on Urban Resilience Data, Warwick Brazil Partnership Fund Santander Universities (£18.7K) awarded Aug/2016-Jul/2018. Co-I: Dr Nathaniel Tkacz (Warwick).Role: Research Assistant

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: Co-applicant (Co-A)/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)

Selected publications

Coaffee J., Albuquerque, J.P. and Pitidis V. (2019). Risk and resilience management in co-production. IN Handbook on Co-Production of Public Services and Outcomes. Loeffler E. and Bovaird T. Eds (accepted for publication)

Albuquerque, J.P., 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 study. 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., & Albuquerque, J. P. (2018). Understanding the Implementation Challenges of Urban Resilience Policies: Investigating the Influence of Urban Geological Risk in Thessaloniki, Greece. Sustainability, 10 (10), 3573. https://doi.org/10.3390/SU10103573

Vangelis Pitidis

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Institute for Global Sustainable Development | Ramphal Building | Room R2.09

School of Cross-Faculty Studies |
University of Warwick |
Coventry CV4 7AL

Email:V dot Pitidis at warwick dot ac dot uk

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