Varsami (Ersi) Zafeiriou

M.Sc. Urban Planning and Regional Development


DLGS, Falkenbrunnen, Würzburger Straße 35, Room 221
Phone: + 49 (0)351 463 42347
Fax: +49 (0)351 4679 212

DLGS 2023 (2023-2026)

Doctoral Thesis

Working Title:
Disaster (risk) management in spatial planning: a wicked problem for resilience?

Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram, Technische Universität Dresden

IOER Research area:
Transformative Capacities




Since 03/2023
Doctoral Student at TU Dresden, Faculty of Environmental Sciences

Studies in Advanced Spatial Planning at the University of Thessaly in Greece.
Academic Degree: M.Sc. Advanced Studies in Spatial Planning

Studies in Urban Planning and Regional Development at Engineering School of Urban Planning and Regional Development, Volos, Greece
Academic Degree: B.Sc. - M.Sci. in Planning


Planner in Private Consultancy Technical Firms

Member of the Organizing Committee for the 5th Panhellenic Planning and Regional Development Conference, held at the Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Volos

Member of the Registration Committee in the 2nd Panhellenic Place Marketing and Place Branding Conference held at Municipality of Larisa, Greece. Larisa


Scholarship to pursue doctoral studies at the Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung (IÖR) under the structured doctoral program of the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School.

First-class Honours (9.58/10) degree for M.Sci. Studies


Skayannis,P., Zafeiriou, E. (2021) “Risk - Uncertainty - Complexity and Foresight as alternative planning tools for natural disasters: The Medicane 'Ianos' in Greece”. Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, vol. 3. pp.90-105.
Conferences and Summer Schools


Skayannis,P., Zafeiriou,E. “Natural Disasters and Planning: Thoughts and Perspectives for Northern Evia”. Day-conference The Next Day in Northern Evia after the Fires. National Centre for Social Solidarity and the University of Thessaly. Edipsos, December 5, 2021 (in Greek).
Zafeiriou, E., Skayannis,P., “Natural Disasters and Game Theory: A Proposed Methodology for the 2021 Evia Wildfires”. 6th Panhellenic Conference on Planning and Development. Department of Urban Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, September 29-October 02, 2022 (in Greek).

Summer school

Member of the Blue Energy Labs of “Blue Growth: emerging technologies, trends and opportunities“. Interreg Med Programme, InnoBlueGrowth project. Kotor, Montenegro. 1-5 July 2019.