Kalliopi Sapountzaki

Kalliopi Sapountzaki
Harokopio University | HUA · Department of Geography

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Additional affiliations
February 2009 - present
Harokopio University
Position
  • Linking Civil Protection and Planning by Agreement on Objectives - INCA
January 2008 - December 2011
Harokopio University
Position
  • Enhancing Resilience of Communities and Territories Facing Natural and Na-tech Hazards (ENSURE)
Education
September 1981 - June 1990
National Technical University of Athens
Field of study
  • Spatial Planning and Risk Management

Publications

Publications (92)
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Global Climate change (CC) is featured by long-term changes in the mean values of climatic parameters (predominantly mean temperature) and in the profile of extreme weather events (e.g., increase in frequency, intensity, lengthening, and persistence). These climatic changes are supposed to have a deterioration impact on forest fire and flood disast...
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Decarbonizing economy by producing energy from renewable sources as a replacement for fossil fuels, in order to mitigate climate change, is not an easy task. Such a transition critically affects the socio economic conditions and becomes a highly complex process, dominated by the difficulty in reaching consensus among different levels of stakeholder...
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The present Special Issue is devoted to vulnerability management and resilience-building as cornerstones of disaster risk mitigation [...]
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Beyond the normative definitions of an all-encompassing development as a goal to achieve, exploring the diverse, complex, and sometimes contradictory relationships between development and risk leads to question both concepts, each one through the lens of the other. The present chapter represents a contribution to the so-called “risk-informed,” or “...
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The communication of emergency information shortly before or after the manifestation of seismic hazards is a crucial part of disaster management. Crisis communication aims to protect, support and guide the public and emergency services throughout the response and recovery phase. In the case of seismic events, a fundamental query refers to how the i...
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The communication of emergency information shortly before or after the manifestation of seismic hazards is a crucial part of disaster management. Crisis communication aims to protect, support and guide the public and emergency services throughout the response and recovery phase. In the case of seismic events, a fundamental query refers to how the i...
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We live in an age of intensified and expanding hazards, expanding exposure and vulnerabilities, international migration, and a multi-cultural European context. Therefore, this text will make a timely contribution considering the role of education and cultural inclusion as key resources in preventing, managing and mitigating disasters in European as...
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ABSTRACT: The recent activity about research on submersed hydrocarbon reservoirs in the Greek territory and the oncoming construction of several offshore platforms in the area demand the establishing of a new and powerful risk governance protocol for search and rescue operations in this area. Greece, owing to its great number of islands, has ob- li...
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This paper presents and discusses actual and potential successes and failures in the transition of the Offshore Oil Industry from the risk management paradigm to the risk governance regime in three reference countries, namely the United Kingdom (UK) & Norway in the North and Greece in the South of Europe. The methodological approaches used in this...
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The purpose of this work is to study and compare the impacts of climate change in three regions of Greece, in particular in Sterea Ellada, Thessaly and the Peloponnese. This crisis refers to the impacts of Climate Change, both current and expected, and concerns the social, economic and natural environment, the perceptions of people and the competen...
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Communication of information on extreme events immediately after their manifestation is a crucial part of disaster management. In the case of seismic events a basic and fundamental query in the crisis stage of the Disaster (Risk) Management Cycle refers to how the earthquake information released to the public immediately after the first seismic tre...
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Regardless of the origin, financial and socio-economic crises feature combinations of adverse conditions: lack of access to financing/credit, slump in investments, household demand and consumption, a falling GDP, high deficits and debt ratios, loss of income, unemployment, shrinkage of state provisions, poverty, enforced migration, homelessness, an...
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The present Chapter (a) presents Climate Changes in Athens (current and predicted in the future) as a result of local and global adverse conditions; (b) attempts mapping of exposure and vulnerability to associated hazards and (c) addresses the resilience assets and other potentialities of the Metropolitan Region (Attica) for Mitigation and Adaptati...
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In Greece, the legal framework for health and safety, in the offshore oil industry, followed a two stages evolution path. In the first stage, the legal framework was simple and treated the offshore oil installations as ships. The second stage is featured by an abrupt shift from the government to the governance paradigm, which originated from the ob...
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The paper attempts to document the ontology of socio-hydrological systems (SHSs), propose approaches of delimitation of SHSs’ (territorial) boundaries, and investigate operational aspects of their adaptation to drought including repercussions on sustainability. To this end, a series of hypotheses are tested: (a) SHSs contain social subsystems with...
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Government debt crisis and recession in Greece cause decline of the welfare state. This impact is the result of the attempt of the Greek Government to reduce fiscal and macro-economic vulnerability to debt crisis through dismissals of public employees, cutting wages and pensions, shrinking social welfare public provisions. The state’s adaptation ho...
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This chapter evaluates and compares risk regulation and government for offshore oil and gas operations in Europe, referring to the paradigms of UK-Norway and Greece. It provides insight to an interdisciplinary approach with legal, technological, regulatory, behavioral, and sociological perspectives on these efforts to prevent major accidents and im...
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1. “Drought”, “Drought Risk Perception” and “Planning for Resilience”: Theoretical Assumptions and Scope of the Work Drought is often considered by the general public as the result of changes (more or less permanent) in the local prevailing climatic / meteorological conditions (basically in precipitation). According to the experts however it is a...
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Experiencing high levels of subjective wellbeing is a central criterion of positive mental health in all groups of individuals. Wellbeing is not only the result of favourable life circumstances such as academic success and satisfying relationships, but also a predictor and part cause of these outcomes. More specifically, in relation to university s...
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This paper describes the operational procedures and the conditions that exist and prevail in the Search and Rescue (SAR) at sea for endangered offshore platforms (oil rigs) in Greece. More specifically, the authors collected and elaborated all the necessary information of a thorough risk governance gap analysis by means of selective scenarios all a...
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Nowadays Resilience is acknowledged not only as a “super” theory to grasp complexity, contingency and uncertainty of the social-ecological world and its transformations. It has been elevated besides as a path to crisis management as well as a planning policy tool and vision. Resilience research started from the ecological systems to represent their...
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‘Transboundary Risk’ and its management are widely acknowledged concepts, real-world problems and policy challenges preoccupying the fields of geography, sociology, political science, management and disaster studies. Up to the present, the notion of ‘boundary’ in the study and management of transboundary risks principally refers to national borders...
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Government debt crisis and recession in Greece cause decline of the welfare state. This has been the result of the attempt of the Greek Government to reduce fiscal and macro-economic vulnerability to debt crisis through dismissals of public employees, cutting wages and pensions, shrinking social welfare public provisions. Through resilience state’s...
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“Trans-boundary Risk” and its Management are widely acknowledged concepts, real world problems and policy challenges preoccupying the fields of geography, sociology, political science, management and disaster studies. Up to the present the notion of “boundary” in the study and management of trans-boundary risks refers to the dividing lines between...
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Greece is exposed to a wide range of natural and environmental hazards including earthquakes, floods, atmospheric pollution and forest fires. On top of these the country is faced with a range of “forgotten” social risks owing to public debt crisis and recession and dating since 2010. Among the latter one can single out the risks of unemployment, po...
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Several cases of risk management ventures, predominantly post-disaster recovery experiences, have evidenced the individualized and liberal nature of Resilience to Risks and Hazards. This has been addressed by several authors some of whom have arrived at provocative suggestions regarding the role of Resilience, such as that “Resilient/adaptive syste...
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Government debt crisis and recession in Greece cause social, economic and demographic changes that increase human and social vulnerability to natural and climate change hazards, also to “forgotten” but re-emerging social risks (e.g. poverty, malnutrition, homelessness). Human and social vulnerability heightens further due to increase of the institu...
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Η παρούσα εργασία επιχειρεί να μελετήσει βασικούς όρους του σεισμικού κινδύνου, όπως αυτοί εμφανίζονται στη διοίκηση και στους διάφορους επιστημονικούς κλάδους, που ορίζουν ισάριθμα θεματικά πεδία. Η εργασία εντάσσεται στο πλαίσιο μίας ευρύτερης μελέτης, στην οποία εξετάζεται το επικοινωνιακό και γνωσιακό κενό που δημιουργείται από την διαφορετική...
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People use their perceptions of risk in order to make decisions that influence their prospects of survival. In the case of drought management, the social factor is an important component in planning and implementation of mitigation measures. Perceptions of social and institutional actors on socio-economic drought aiming to satisfy particular needs,...
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The present work addresses the problem of lack of coordination between policies and actors with joint competence for risk management, i.e., civil protection, spatial planning, and sectoral planning (e.g., forest policy in the case of forest fire risk). Spatial planning in particular is assigned a minor or no role at all though it might perfectly op...
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Contemporary challenges to spatial and physical planning are more complex than conventional issues, and involve areas of policy other than simple land-use allocation principles. Economic crises that deny predictions of returns to investments, dynamics of degrowth and shrinkage that discard assumptions of limitless growth, depletion of natural and f...
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Separation and isolation of Spatial Planning from the other co-responsible policies for risk mitigation, i.e. civil protection and sectoral risk prevention, leads to unwelcome results: - Reservation of a minor role or no role of Spatial Planning for Risk Mitigation; - Breaks in the Response-Preparedness-Prevention-Remediation chain; - Duplicated or...
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Current management of disaster risks is often fragmented due to a lack of coordination between involved actors, i.e. civil protection and spatial planning – a phenomenon which is known as the “problem of interplay”. This paper presents an output-oriented risk management approach (“parametric governance”). Here, the modality of the achievement of ob...
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The article decodes and analyzes the standard functions of social and social-ecological systems when they manage their own vulnerability. The author acknowledges these as “Resilience functions” or “Operational Resilience”. For this purpose, she follows a “Vulnerability Actor” (V Actor)-based approach. V Actor is considered as a system faced with mu...
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The present work addresses the problem of lack of coordination between policies and actors with joint competence for risk management, i.e., civil protection, spatial planning, and sectoral planning (e.g., forest policy in the case of forest fire risk). Spatial planning in particular is assigned a minor or no role at all though it might perfectly op...
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The risk literature led by its protagonists Beck, Giddens, Luhmann and others has expanded its range of influence in social sciences. In present days, it is widely acknowledged that society and economy grow and develop by creating successive generations of risks. However, while the risk literature has been mostly preoccupied with the negative aspec...
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Purpose The present paper attempts to prove that social resilience to environmental risks should be considered as a potential mechanism of transfer of vulnerability from one social actor to another and/or transformation of vulnerability to one risk to vulnerability to another. This means that social resilience should not be treated always as a desi...
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Among the risk management cycles developed in Greece, the seismic cycle is the most complex and sophisticated one, therefore the most evidential of the capabilities and limitations of the structure that deals with risks. This paper outlines the earthquake protection system in Greece and elevates its strong and the weak elements, as well as the conn...
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This paper attempts to contribute to international discourse on the responsibility of macro structures (economic and political) and private agencies for the production and distribution of vulnerability. It does so by focusing on an individual economic entity, small manufacturing firms (SMFs), in a specific location, western Athens, Greece. By evalu...
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The present work attempts to address the main aspects of chronic and extreme risks in contemporary Athens. It focuses on two cases of acute chronic risk bedevilling the capital region, namely road accidents and noise pollution, and one case of extreme risk, namely seismic disasters. In all cases social vulnerability, seen as the attribute of social...
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The paper focuses on the example of a local island community in Greece, to illustrate the difficulties of effective consensus building, in support of sustainable policies. In the first section the issue of sustainability and the importance of participation are discussed, before moving to a brief outline of the nature of participation and its source...
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Cities are frequently described as localities where connectivity, accessibility and communication are maximized. Although they are equally frequently characterized by internal inequalities and lack of cohesion, the very fact of the concentration of activity produces an interconnected whole with systemic properties. However, there also processes at...
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This paper focuses on the response of the Greek statutory spatial planning system to the concept and principles of sustainability. The query to be answered is the following: Have the structure, institutions, processes and instruments of the planning system been affected by sustainability principles and in what way? Furthermore, are there any public...