Imperial College London

Dr Nick Voulvoulis

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Reader in Environmental Technology



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Nick Voulvoulis  BSc (Hons) MSc DIC PhD DMS  is a Reader in Environmental Technology at Imperial College’s Centre for Environmental Policy. He is an international expert in environmental management, especially where science and engineering interface with public policy. He leads the Environmental Quality Research  Group and is the Director of the internationally renowned MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial.

cepimperialThe underlying principle for the interdisciplinary nature of his research is the application of science to solve environmental problems and sustainability challenges, by empowering society through knowledge and innovation; in other words technology in its original meaning. Life-cycle assessment, multi-criteria analysis and risk assessment are some of the tools he employs to explore the interactions and interdependencies between human and natural systems, to support business decision making, and policy formulation and implementation.

His current research is exploring the potential of systems thinking in water policy (GLOBAQUA), investigating the fate of nanomaterials during wastewater treatment (NANORISK), developing tools to address the conflicting demands of the water-energy-food nexus (Anglian Water research programme), and delivering options for “closing the loop” in resources management (Veolia research programme), to enable transition to a safer, circular and sustainable future.

He delivers high quality research, published in some of the top journals in the field, and has an outstanding academic track record as evidenced by the increasing volume of citations to his work (h index 32 ResearcherID, 32 in Scopus, and 38 in Google scholar).  Impacts to society, community participation in science and links between knowledge management and environmental behaviour are also important areas of his work.  For example, Nick is the Director of the OPAL Soil Centre.

bookOver the past 16 years, Nick has built a dynamic group of research staff (currently 5) and PhD students (currently 10)  in the area of environmental quality management, with a focus on environmental systems and processes across many areas and diverse sectors. He has graduated more than 20 PhD students and supervised the research of more than 200 students of the ones graduating from the MSc course, many of whom have gone on to take up leading positions in the field.

He has developed and sustained research partnerships and strategic collaborations with a number of key companies in Water and Resources Management.  Putting together world renowned research teams, these initiatives have increased technological expertise, have helped to bring young talent into the low carbon economy, and have facilitated closer working relationships between industry and the research and teaching community at Imperial College. For example, with Professor Steve Kaye from Anglian Water he has been directing a very successful partnership between Imperial College and Anglian Water (since 2002).

He was the Warden of Southwell and Bernard Sunley Hall till July 2014 and the Chairman of the Wardens' Committee from 2003-2011.

Dr Voulvoulis is the Associate Editor for Environmental Management, an international peer reviewed journal published by Springer that covers the use and conservation of natural resources, the protection of habitats and the control of hazards. He is also on the Editorial Board for AIMS Environmental Science and for Environmental Nanotechnology, Management  and Science. He was recently the editor of the special issue of AIMS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Pollution and Chemicals in the Environment.

For publications and research profile also see:

ResearcherID: C-9246-2012

ScopusID: 14424656000

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Voulvoulis N, Skolout JWF, Oates CJ, et al., 2013, From chemical risk assessment to environmental resources management: the challenge for mining, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Vol:20, ISSN:0944-1344, Pages:7815-7826

Iacovidou E, Ohandja D-G, Voulvoulis N, 2012, Food waste co-digestion with sewage sludge - Realising its potential in the UK, Journal of Environmental Management, Vol:112, ISSN:0301-4797, Pages:267-274

Chon H-S, Ohandja D-G, Voulvoulis N, 2012, A risk-based approach to prioritise catchments for diffuse metal pollution management, Science of the Total Environment, Vol:437, ISSN:0048-9697, Pages:42-52

Chon H-S, Ohandja D-G, Voulvoulis N, 2012, The role of sediments as a source of metals in river catchments, Chemosphere, Vol:88, ISSN:0045-6535, Pages:1250-1256

Iacovidou E, Ohandja D-G, Voulvoulis N, 2012, Food waste disposal units in UK households: The need for policy intervention, Science of the Total Environment, Vol:423, ISSN:0048-9697, Pages:1-7

Bone J, Archer M, Barraclough D, et al., 2012, Public Participation in Soil Surveys: Lessons from a Pilot Study in England, Environmental Science & Technology, Vol:46, ISSN:0013-936X, Pages:3687-3696

Collins A, Ohandja D-G, Hoare D, et al., 2012, Implementing the Water Framework Directive: a transition from established monitoring networks in England and Wales, Environmental Science & Policy, Vol:17, ISSN:1462-9011, Pages:49-61

Voulvoulis N, 2012, Water and sanitation provision in a low carbon society: The need for a systems approach, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Vol:4, ISSN:1941-7012

Rowsell VF, Pang DSC, Tsafou F, et al., 2009, Removal of Steroid Estrogens from Wastewater Using Granular Activated Carbon: Comparison between Virgin and Reactivated Carbon, Water Environment Research, Vol:81, ISSN:1061-4303, Pages:394-400

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