prof.dr. R.V. Sliuzas (Richard)

Full Professor

About Me

My work focuses on how urban planning can contribute to disaster risk reduction. My educational background combines knowledge of town planning (BSc, UniSA, Australia), urban surveys and human settlement analysis (MSc, ITC, Netherlands) and geographical sciences (PhD Utrecht University, Netherlands). Much of my career has been devoted to research, education and capacity building on urban planning in the majority world, with a specific focus on mapping and modelling informal urban development to improve the quality of life of their residents. Since 2010 the focus has broadened to include work on urban planning for disaster risk reduction.


Earth & Environmental Sciences
Informal Settlement
Urban Growth
Social Sciences
Natural Disaster

Ancillary Activities

  • Earthquake and Megacities Initiative
    EMI Board of Trustees


Esmaiel, A., Abdrabo, K. I., Saber, M. , Sliuzas, R. V. , Atun, F., Kantoush, S. A., & Sumi, T. (2022). Integration of flood risk assessment and spatial planning for disaster management in Egypt. Progress in Disaster Science, 15, [100245]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pdisas.2022.100245
Abascal, A., Rodríguez-Carreño, I., Vanhuysse, S., Georganos, S. , Sliuzas, R., Wolff, E. , & Kuffer, M. (2022). Identifying degrees of deprivation from space using deep learning and morphological spatial analysis of deprived urban areas. Computers, environment and urban systems, 95, 1-20. [101820]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2022.101820
Kuffer, M., Grippa, T. , Persello, C., Taubenböck, H. , Pfeffer, K. , & Sliuzas, R. (2022). Mapping the morphology of urban deprivation. In X. Yang (Ed.), Urban Remote Sensing: Monitoring, Synthesis, and Modeling in the Urban Environment (pp. 305-323). Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119625865.ch14
Kuffer, M. , Thomson, D. R., Maki, A., Vanhuysse, S., Georganos, S. , Sliuzas, R. , & Persello, C. (2021). EO-based low-cost frameworks to address global urban data gaps on deprivation and multiple hazards. In 2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium IGARSS (pp. 2106-2109). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS47720.2021.9554094

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC (building no. 75), room 3-136
Hengelosestraat 99
7514AE  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC  3-136
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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