dr. A. Votsis (Athanasios)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I am an urban and regional planner (Master's, Virginia Commonwealth University) and geographer (PhD, University of Helsinki). 

I have been active in diverse lines of research, connected however by the red thread of spatial patterns of behaviour (individual, aggregate) & their interaction with their social and physical environment:       

  • Urbanism & Spatial planning, notably urbanisation scenario simulations, liveable and healthy cities, bottom-up urbanism and societal resilience, typologies of sustainable cities and their long-term resilience trajectories; semiotics (architectural, urban, cultural).
  • Spatial economics, esp. housing markets, economic effects of natural risks and adaptation-mitigation solutions, spatial econometrics and the spatial structure and spatial interaction of economic mechanisms.
  • Climate and weather adaptation/resilience in cities and territories [heatwaves, flooding, ecosystem services], and the aviation and energy sectors.
  • Computational methods, esp. AI and complexity approaches: cellular automata, agent-based models, space syntax, fractals, fuzzy logic, 'fuzzy' cognitive maps.
  • AI and robotics, esp. automated reasoning and knowledge representation in the domains of spatial cognition; human-machine interaction and hybrid reasoning; distributed intelligence and the regulation/control of complex adaptive systems.  

I have lectured courses on spatial econometrics, economic assessment, applied urban modelling, AI & computational methods, and spatial planning. I have served as PI, task leader or contributor in numerous ERC and National research projects and recently contributed to the UN ESCAP-APDIM's first Sand and Dust Storms Risk Assessment for Asia and the Pacific.

I am a proud member of 4TU Resilience Engineering, UT's DesignLab, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA), the Urban Economics Association, the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance (ESEIA), the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), and the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs).


Di Tomaso, E., Escribano, J., Basart, S., Ginoux, P., MacChia, F., Barnaba, F., Benincasa, F., Bretonnière, P. A., Buñuel, A., Castrillo, M., Cuevas, E., Formenti, P., Gonçalves, M., Jorba, O., Klose, M., Mona, L., Pinto, G. M., Mytilinaios, M., Obiso, V., ... García-Pando, C. P. (2022). The MONARCH high-resolution reanalysis of desert dust aerosol over Northern Africa, the Middle East and Europe (2007-2016). Earth system science data, 14(6), 2785-2816. https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-14-2785-2022
Monteiro, A., Basart, S., Kazadzis, S., Gkikas, A., Vandenbussche, S., Tobias, A., Gama, C., García-Pando, C. P., Tarradellas, E., Notas, G., Middleton, N., Kushta, J., Amiridis, V., Lagouvardos, K., Kosmopoulos, P., Kotroni, V., Kanakidou, M., Mihalopoulos, N., Kalivitis, N., ... Meinander, O. (2022). Multi-sectoral impact assessment of an extreme African dust episode in the Eastern Mediterranean in March 2018. Science of the total environment, 843, [156861]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.156861
Máñez Costa, M., Oen, A., Nesset, T., Celliers, L., Suhari, M., Huang-Lachmann, J-T., Pimentel, R., Blair, B., Jeuring, J., Rodriguez-Camino, E., Photiadou, C., Columbié, Y. J., Tudose, N. C., Cheval, S. , Votsis, A., West, J. J., Lee, K., Shaffrey, L., Auer, C., ... Schuck-Zöller, S. (2022). Co-production of Climate Services: A diversity of approaches and good practice from the ERA4CS projects (2017–2021). (CSPR Report Series (Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research); Vol. 2021, No. 2). Linkoping University Electronic Press. https://doi.org/10.3384/9789179291990
Tuomenvirta, H., Korhonen, N. , Votsis, A., Menenti, M., Alfieri, S., Kumar, P., Renault, F., & Soini, K. (2020). Characteristics of Nature-based Solutions in non-urban environments. https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-8559
Shah, M. A. R., Renaud, F. G., Anderson, C. C., Wild, A., Domeneghetti, A., Polderman, A. , Votsis, A., Pulvirenti, B., Basu, B., Thomson, C., Panga, D., Pouta, E., Toth, E., Pilla, F., Sahani, J., Ommer, J., Zohbi, J. E., Munro, K., Stefanopoulou, M., ... Zixuan, W. (2020). A review of hydro-meteorological hazard, vulnerability, and risk assessment frameworks and indicators in the context of nature-based solutions. International journal of disaster risk reduction, 50, [101728]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101728
Masson, V., Heldens, W., Bocher, E., Bonhomme, M., Bucher, B., Burmeister, C., de Munck, C., Esch, T., Hidalgo, J., Kanani-Sühring, F., Kwok, Y. T., Lemonsu, A., Lévy, J. P., Maronga, B., Pavlik, D., Petit, G., See, L., Schoetter, R., Tornay, N., ... Zeidler, J. (2020). City-descriptive input data for urban climate models: Model requirements, data sources and challenges. Urban Climate, 31, [100536]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2019.100536

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