Vangelis Pitidis is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Sustainable Development. He has recently completed his PhD at the CDT for Urban Science and Progress based at the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities (WISC) His 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. He was jointly supervised by Prof. Jon Coaffee and Prof. João Porto de Albuquerque from the University of Warwick, while his research was also supported by the British Geological Survey and Dr Andrew Hughes through the BGS University Funding Initiative (BUFI). He graduated from the Department of Planning and Regional Development of the University of Thessaly in 2012 and has 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 Fellow on the interdisciplinary project Waterproofing Data: Engaging Stakeholders in Sustainable Flood Risk Governance for Urban Resilience and an 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. Vangelis is also a member of the Resilient Cities Laboratory based at the University of Warwick.