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Spyros Schismenos

Lecturer, RMIT University

Spyros is a Lecturer in Humanitarian Engineering at RMIT University. His research disciplines include Humanitarian Engineering, Human-centered Design and Prototype Development, Emergency and Disaster Management, Emergency Technology, Gamification in Learning, Renewable Energy and Community Engagement. Spyros is the creator of ‘Engineering WITH People’ – the first board game series in Humanitarian Engineering.


  • 2021–2023
    Tutor, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2019–2022
    Research Assistant/Tutor, Western Sydney University
  • 2014–2018
    Research Assistant, Research Center for Soil & Water Resources and Natural Disaster Prevention (National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan)


    Western Sydney University, PhD in Humanitarian Engineering (Social Sciences)
    International Hellenic University, BSc, Engineer of Industrial Informatics of Technological Education
    International Hellenic University in collaboration with Hellenic Fire Academy/School of Fire Officers, Joint MSc, Analysis and Management of Manmade and Natural Disasters


  • 2021
    Humanitarian engineering at the sustainability-development nexus: mapping vulnerability and capability factors for communities at risk of water-based disasters, Sustainability Science
  • 2021
    ‘Side by Side’ for COVID recovery: De-Stigmatising ageing and re-integrating elders as valued contributors to society, Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
  • 2020
    Humanitarian engineering and vulnerable communities: hydropower applications in localised flood response and sustainable development, International Journal of Sustainable Energy
  • 2020
    New Analysis Tools and Leadership Model for A Modern UN To: The United Nations Secretary-General, Journal of Science & Policy Governance
  • 2020
    Failure to lead on COVID-19: what went wrong with the United States?, International Journal of Public Leadership
  • 2019
    Challenges and Lessons Learned from Past Major Environmental Disasters Due to Technological or Wildland Urban Interface Fire Incidents, United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2019 (GAR19) Contributing Paper, UNISDR
  • 2018
    Environmental sustainability and ecotourism of riparian and deltaic ecosystems: opportunities for rural Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Greece, International Journal of Environmental Studies

Research Areas

  • Engineering (09)
  • Natural Hazards (040604)
  • Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, Etc.) (079901)
  • Forestry Fire Management (070503)
  • Environmental Engineering (0907)
  • Renewable Power And Energy Systems Engineering (Excl. Solar Cells) (090608)