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Richard was appointed Professor of Urban Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2017.

He is an urban planner, specialised in the use of geo-spatial technologies for urban planning and management. From 1981 to 1983 he worked as a planning consultant and local government planner in South Australia. He has worked in planning education and research since joining ITC in December 1983. He obtained his PhD from Utrecht University, for his research “Managing Informal Settlements: a study using Geographic Information Technology in Dar es Salaam Tanzania”. His research interests and activities are focused on the use of geo-spatial technologies in spatial planning for sustainable urban development with an emphasis on issues related to urban informality, urban poverty alleviation and the relationship between spatial planning and disasters. He is now supervising PhD students working on: social-ecological resilience in Rafsanjan, Iran; integrated urban and flood modelling in Kampala and Kigali; the use of UAVs for slum mapping in Kigali, Rwanda; Planning support for urban resettlement projects in Kigali, Rwanda; Risk perception and flood mitigation in Kampala; and modelling impacts of urban growth in the Nile River valley. He has supervised PhD’s working on disasters and urban spatial planning issues in Lalitpur, Nepal and Medellin, Colombia; participatory spatial planning tools in Tripoli, Lebanon; spatial planning and surface water management in Wuhan, China; economic cluster development in Beijing, China; urban village development in Shenzhen, China; slum mapping methods for Indian cities; slum upgrading and governance in Ahmedabad; land use and transport integration in Hanoi and Wuhan.

Richard has worked in numerous international development and capacity building projects including the following countries: China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam. From 2012-2013 he was team leader of the Integrated Flood Management in Kampala project undertaken under the UN-HABITAT Cities and Climate Change Initiative. He is currently coordinator of the Resilience and Risks Management Strategies thematic group of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and a member of the Global Human Settlement working group (


Education / Academic qualification


14 Nov 199710 Jun 2004


Nov 198617 Jun 1988


Feb 1976Dec 1978


  • G Geography (General)
  • urban planning
  • disaster risk reduction
  • GIS
  • remote sensing
  • urban modelling

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Research Output 1984 2018

Open spaces and risk perception in post-earthquake Kathmandu city

Shrestha, S. R., Sliuzas, R. & Kuffer, M. 1 Apr 2018 In : Applied geography. 93, p. 81-91

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

open space
risk perception
escape behavior
household survey

An automated technique for basemap updating using UAV data

Gevaert, C. M., Persello, C., Oude Elberink, S. J., Vosselman, G. & Sliuzas, R. V. 6 Mar 2017 Proceedings of Joint urban remote sensing event (JURSE) 2017, 6-8 March 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Piscataway: IEEE, p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
1 Citations
policy analysis
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)

Capacity building and the new global human settlement data : powerpoint

Sliuzas, R. V. & Seaman, V. 2017 p. s1-s13

Research output: Other research outputOther

human being

Press / Media

The cartography of control: Mapping the Calais refugee camp

Ricardas Sliuzas


1 media contribution

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Uncharted Territory: The Power of Amateur Cartographers

Ricardas Sliuzas


1 media contribution

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