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Dr Vangelis Pitidis


Research Fellow

 V 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 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.

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 Fellow

UKRI GCRF Global Research Translation Award: Waterproofing Data,

Global Challenges Research Fund, project funded to fast track promising research findings into real-world solutions, Award (£~362K), October/2019 - March 2021, PI Prof. Pamela Thomas/University of Warwick, Co-I Prof. Porto de Albuquerque/ University of Warwick,

Role: Named Researcher (NR)

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: Named Researcher (NR)

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: 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)

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. 

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

Yeboah, Godwin, Troilo, Rafael, Pitidis, Vangelis and de Albuquerque, João Porto (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

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.