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Evangelos Pitidis

Vangelis holds an MSc in Urban Studies from University College of London which he completed following a Diploma in Planning and Regional Development from his native Greece. His research interests lie in the incorporation of resilient practices into new urban policies and the importance geo-resources have in shaping urban resilience worldwide.

Increasing urbanisation has rendered contemporary cities more reliant on their subsurface and the services it provides for their everyday operations. Urban geo-reources are not always renewable, frequently interdependent with other city systems and their stock and demand vary spatially from one city to another, depending on the topography, geology and the historical background.

Although research has been conducted on how local supply of geo-resources have influenced the urban development (and decline) of past cities, more research is needed in order to assess quantitatively how modern and future cities can utilise geo-resources in 'smart' ways, so as to become more resilient to urbanisation and environmental pressures and their interactions (e.g., intense rains in increasingly sealed urban land cover).

In collaboration with the British Geological Survey, this research aims to tackle key research questions such as:

  • What are the characteristics of resilient urban design?
  • What kinds of metrics can be used to quantify the characteristics of resilience of urban design?
  • How can innovative use of urban geo-resources complement contemporary urban design?
  • What social and economic benefits can be generated by approaching geology from a resiliency lens?
  • Is it possible to create an analytical toolkit that could be used for quantifying the impact of geology in urban design, which could be applicable in various dissimilar urban environments?

This research provides an opportunity to develop (i) a new geoscientific-model of urban design, especially from a quantitative perspective, and (ii) to investigate the impact of the physical environment in the urban resilience discourse, topics of which are still poorly understood in academic literature.

Alignment with EPSRC research themes: Built environment; Coastal and waterways engineering; Complexity science; Ground engineering; ICT networks and distributed systems; Sensors and instrumentation; Structural engineering; Sustainable land management; Water engineering.

Prior to joining the EPSRC CDT in Urban Science, he worked as a consultant planner in ERDF funded Programmes in Greece. As part of his CDT training Vangelis has spent time at the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) in New York and participated in the GLA-supported London Data Dive held in March 2016. His training and research is supported by the British Geological Survey (BGS).

 

For more information on Vangelis' research, please see his online Portfolio

Poster describing Vangelis' research.