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.
Over 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 MSc students, many of whom have gone on to take up leading positions in the field.
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. His h index (May 2017) is 33 in Scopus (38 in Google scholar).
The 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. 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.
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.
Nick 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).
Dr Voulvoulis is the Associate Editor of 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.
He was the Warden of Southwell and Bernard Sunley Hall till July 2014 and the Chairman of the Imperial College Wardens' Committee from 2003-2011.
For publications and research profile also see:
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
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
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
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