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Spyros Schismenos

PhD Fellow / Research Assistant, Western Sydney University

Mr Spyros Schismenos is currently a PhD Fellow, Research Assistant and Member of Humanitarian and Development Research Initiative (HADRI) at School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University, Australia. Since 2016, he has been working closely with the UNESCO Chair on Conservation and Ecotourism of Riparian and Deltaic Ecosystems as the Focal Point for the Wider Region of Asia-Pacific. He is a Member of the Youth International Soil Governance Commission (YISGC) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. His research disciplines focus on Humanitarian Engineering, Disaster Management, Renewable Energy and Community Development.


  • 2019–present
    Member, Humanitarian and Development Research Initiative (HADRI), Western Sydney University
  • –present
    Research Assistant / PhD Fellow, Western Sydney University
  • 2014–2018
    Research assistant, Research Center for Soil & Water Resources and Natural Disaster Prevention National Yunlin University of Science and Technology


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


  • 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
  • 2021
    Humanitarian engineering at the sustainability-development nexus: mapping vulnerability and capability factors for communities at risk of water-based disasters, Sustainability Science
  • 2020
    New Analysis Tools and Leadership Model for A Modern UN To: The United Nations Secretary-General, Journal of Science & Policy Governance
  • 2020
    Humanitarian engineering and vulnerable communities: hydropower applications in localised flood response and sustainable development, International Journal of Sustainable Energy
  • 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

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