Imperial College London

Professor Nick Voulvoulis

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Professor of Environmental Technology
 
 
 
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+44 (0)20 7594 7459n.voulvoulis Website

 
 
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Assistant

 

Mr Mary Raymer +44 (0)20 7594 7398

 
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Location

 

151515 Prince's GardensSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Publications

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Kirkman R, Voulvoulis N, 2017, The role of public communication in decision making for waste management infrastructure., J Environ Manage, Vol: 203, Pages: 640-647

Modern waste management provision seeks to meet challenging objectives and strategies while reflecting community aspirations and ensuring cost-effective compliance with statutory obligations. Its social acceptability, which affects both what systems (infrastructure) can be put in place and to what extent their implementation will be successful, is a multi-dimensional phenomenon, often not well understood. In light of the growing evidence that decisions to build new infrastructure are often contested by the public, there is a clear need to understand the role of scientific evidence in public perception, particularly as environmental infrastructure delivery is often objected to by the public on environmental grounds. In this paper the need for waste management infrastructure is reviewed, and the way its delivery in the UK has evolved is used as an example of the role of public perception in the planning and delivery of waste facilities. Findings demonstrate the vital role of public communication in waste management infrastructure delivery. Public perception must be taken into account early in the decision making process, with the public informed and engaged from the start. There is a pressing need for people not simply to accept but to understand and appreciate the need for infrastructure, the nature of infrastructure investments and development, the costs and the benefits involved, and the technological aspects. Scientific evidence and literacy have a critical role to play, facilitating public engagement in a process that empowers people, allowing them to define and handle challenges and influence decisions that will impact their lives. Problem ownership, and an increased probability of any solutions proposed being selected and implemented successfully are potential benefits of such approach.

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Voulvoulis N, Arpon KD, Giakoumis T, 2017, The EU Water Framework Directive: From great expectations to problems with implementation, SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, Vol: 575, Pages: 358-366, ISSN: 0048-9697

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Manap N, Voulvoulis N, 2016, Data analysis for environmental impact of dredging, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol: 137, Pages: 394-404, ISSN: 0959-6526

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd The aim of this paper is twofold; first is to identify the environmental impact of dredging related to water and sediment quality; and second is to identify the main factors determining the environmental impact of dredging. The method of this research is data analysis using historical dredging data from three dredging projects performed from 2006 to 2008 at two connected rivers in Perak, Malaysia. The indices measured to identify the impact include: total suspended solids, dissolved oxygen, chemical oxygen demand, biochemical oxygen demand, pH, total organic content, iron, zinc, manganese, copper, chromium, mercury, arsenic, and lead. The factors are then identified through determination of relationships between concentration levels in sediment and water and identification of patterns of impact in the water and caged fish during dredging activities. The results of the analysis show that dredging performed in these rivers has an impact on the environment. The impact includes an increase in levels of most of the monitored indices, including dissolved oxygen and metal concentrations in highly contaminated areas. The main factors associated with the environmental impacts of dredging are the contamination level of the sediment and the contamination level of the neighbouring area, aspects that are the main scientific value added by this paper. This paper draws conclusions regarding the importance of two analyses prior to commencement of dredging: sediment quality analysis and analysis of contamination level in the neighbouring area prior to dredging. The results of this paper could help to better anticipate the environmental impact of dredging and allow for suitable mitigation measures to be identified, especially for developing countries such as Malaysia.

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Manap N, Voulvoulis N, 2016, Data analysis for environmental impact of dredging, JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, Vol: 137, Pages: 394-404, ISSN: 0959-6526

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Stanley E, Plant J, Voulvoulis N, 2016, Environmental chemical exposures and breast cancer, AIMS Environmental Science, Vol: 3, Pages: 96-114, ISSN: 2372-0352

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Stinner DJ, Fleming ME, 2016, Untitled, JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDIC TRAUMA, Vol: 30, Pages: S1-S1, ISSN: 0890-5339

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Voulvoulis N, Barceló D, Verlicchi P, 2016, Pharmaceutical residues in sewage treatment works and their fate in the receiving environment

© The Royal Society of Chemistry 2016. Pharmaceuticals are increasingly used in large amounts in human (and veterinary) medicine around the world. They reach the aquatic environment mainly through sewage treatment systems and can reach mg l×1 levels. The continual input of pharmaceuticals to the aquatic environment, via sewage, can also impart a persistent quality to compounds that otherwise possess no inherent environmental stability. While the literature contains increasing numbers of studies detailing fate, effects and behaviour in the environment, the subject is still not fully understood for all the different therapeutic classes. The toxicological significance for non-target (especially aquatic) organisms is poorly understood. The use/release of antibiotics and natural/synthetic steroids to the environment has generated most of the concern to date, but a plethora of other drugs are increasingly attracting attention, as their biological activity alone may support ecotoxicity assessments of those compounds with high production volumes (or toxicity), especially in view of the increasing importance of freshwater resources. Pharmaceuticals display a variety of removal efficiencies during wastewater treatment and their fate and behaviour are not determined by their physicochemical properties alone. Despite the fact that many drugs have high sorption potentials, partitioning to the solid phase was determined to be an unlikely removal pathway for the majority of compounds. The partitioning behaviour of these compounds both in sewage treatment and the aquatic environment is likely to be dictated by a number of physicochemical parameters. Findings also indicate that the costs of using tertiary treatment options (mainly based on drinking water treatment) to remove drugs from wastewater effluent are likely to be prohibitively expensive, and potentially undesirable, due sustainability implications. While adjusting existing treatment parameters may increase the re

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Jorquera CO, Oates CJ, Plant JA, Kyser K, Ihlenfeld C, Voulvoulis Net al., 2015, Regional hydrogeochemical mapping in Central Chile: natural and anthropogenic sources of elements and compounds, GEOCHEMISTRY-EXPLORATION ENVIRONMENT ANALYSIS, Vol: 15, Pages: 72-96, ISSN: 1467-7873

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Manap N, Voulvoulis N, 2015, Environmental management for dredging sediments - the requirement of developing nations., J Environ Manage, Vol: 147, Pages: 338-348

Scientific research has characterized the effects of dredging, an underwater excavation process for navigational purposes or material extraction, and has shown its association with a number of chemical, physical and biological impacts. Due to this, much environmental management has been applied in the dredging industry in order to manage its detrimental effects. However, developing nations may have different approaches towards their dredging environmental management to compare to their companions with higher economic strength. Moreover, scientific evidence to make an informed decision is often lacking, hence affecting the number of research executed at these nations, limiting their efforts to preserve the environment. This paper reviews the dredging environmental impacts and its two important factors, dredging technology and sediment characteristic, that determine the magnitude of impacts through literature review, and discusses the need for a more integrated dredging environmental management to be developed for developing nations.

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Manap N, Voulvoulis N, 2015, Environmental management for dredging sediments - The requirement of developing nations, JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, Vol: 147, Pages: 338-348, ISSN: 0301-4797

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Navarro-Ortega A, Acuna V, Bellin A, Burek P, Cassiani G, Choukr-Allah R, Doledec S, Elosegi A, Ferrari F, Ginebreda A, Grathwohl P, Jones C, Rault PK, Kok K, Koundouri P, Ludwig RP, Merz R, Milacic R, Munoz I, Nikulin G, Paniconi C, Paunovic M, Petrovic M, Sabater L, Sabater S, Skoulikidis NT, Slob A, Teutsch G, Voulvoulis N, Barcelo Det al., 2015, Managing the effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems under water scarcity. The GLOBAQUA project, SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, Vol: 503, Pages: 3-9, ISSN: 0048-9697

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Voulvoulis N, 2015, The potential of water reuse as a management option for water security under the ecosystem services approach, DESALINATION AND WATER TREATMENT, Vol: 53, Pages: 3263-3271, ISSN: 1944-3994

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Voulvoulis N, Georges K, 2015, Industrial and agricultural sources and pathways of aquatic pollution, Impact of Water Pollution on Human Health and Environmental Sustainability, Pages: 29-54, ISBN: 9781466695603

© 2016 by IGI Global. All rights reserved. This chapter provides an introduction to the topic of aquatic pollution and looks at the major sources and pathways of pollutants to the environment from agriculture and industry. The section on agricultural pollution focuses on the use of fertilizers and pesticides. Industrial pollution covers a large topic and so three groups of pollutants are examined to provide an overview of the key issues faced within this sector.

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Al Aukidy M, Verlicchi P, Voulvoulis N, 2014, A framework for the assessment of the environmental risk posed by pharmaceuticals originating from hospital effluents, SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, Vol: 493, Pages: 54-64, ISSN: 0048-9697

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Bone J, Barraclough D, Eggleton P, Head M, Jones DT, Voulvoulis Net al., 2014, PRIORITISING SOIL QUALITY ASSESSMENT THROUGH THE SCREENING OF SITES: THE USE OF PUBLICLY COLLECTED DATA, LAND DEGRADATION & DEVELOPMENT, Vol: 25, Pages: 251-266, ISSN: 1085-3278

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Collins A, Voulvoulis N, 2014, Ecological assessments of surface water bodies at the river basin level: a case study from England, ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT, Vol: 186, Pages: 8649-8665, ISSN: 0167-6369

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Emanuelsson MAE, McIntyre N, Hunt CF, Mawle R, Kitson J, Voulvoulis Net al., 2014, Flood risk assessment for infrastructure networks, JOURNAL OF FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT, Vol: 7, Pages: 31-41, ISSN: 1753-318X

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Manap N, Voulvoulis N, 2014, Environmental screening method for dredging in contaminated river, Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol: 567, Pages: 50-55, ISSN: 1660-9336

Dredging in a contaminated river has been widely accepted to have an impact on the environment; however environmental risk assessment analysis could be costly, time-consuming and difficult to perform. Therefore, a screening method acting as a preliminary risk assessment analysis to screen potential contaminated areas is necessary. The aim of this study is to demonstrate a new screening method for risk assessment analysis in a scenario where economy, time and simplicity factors had been a concern. The development of this method is based on a variation of standard Ecological Risk Assessment. An analysis will be performed on two elements. Firstly, the level of contaminants in the water, groundwater and air (known as the media) and, secondly the behavior of environmental indicators during monitoring of historical dredging. This analysis is performed in order to establish the degree of contamination in an area that is about to be dredged, in where the publicly accessible contamination level in the media and the historical dredging monitoring data will be utilized. Eight dredged sites in Peninsular Malaysia are selected as the case studies of this research. This research showed that Sungai Perlis has a very high total risk value, which could have a fatal impact on its biodiversity if dredging is performed with negligence at this location. This research could provide an opportunity for Malaysia to increase its efforts to avoid dredging impacts without being constrained on time, cost and simplicity factors. © (2014) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.

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Manap N, Voulvoulis N, 2014, Risk-based decision-making framework for the selection of sediment dredging option, SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, Vol: 496, Pages: 607-623, ISSN: 0048-9697

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Singh K, Oates C, Plant J, Voulvoulis Net al., 2014, Undisclosed chemicals - implications for risk assessment: A case study from the mining industry, ENVIRONMENT INTERNATIONAL, Vol: 68, Pages: 1-15, ISSN: 0160-4120

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Vlachopoulou M, Coughlin D, Forrow D, Kirk S, Logan P, Voulvoulis Net al., 2014, The potential of using the Ecosystem Approach in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive, SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, Vol: 470, Pages: 684-694, ISSN: 0048-9697

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Iacovidou E, Vlachopoulou M, Mallapaty S, Ohandja DG, Gronow J, Voulvoulis Net al., 2013, Anaerobic digestion in municipal solid waste management: Part of an integrated, holistic and sustainable solution, WASTE MANAGEMENT, Vol: 33, Pages: 1035-1036, ISSN: 0956-053X

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Plant JA, Bone J, Voulvoulis N, Kinniburgh DG, Smedley PL, Fordyce FM, Klinck Bet al., 2013, Arsenic and Selenium, Vol: 11, Pages: 13-57

This chapter outlines the main effects of arsenic and selenium on human and animal health, their abundance and distribution in the environment, sampling and analysis, and the main factors controlling their speciation and cycling. Such information should help identify aquifers, water resources and soils at risk from high concentrations of arsenic and selenium, and areas of selenium deficiency. Human activity has had, and is likely to continue to have, a major role in releasing arsenic and selenium from the geosphere and in perturbing the natural distribution of these and other elements over the Earth's surface. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Voulvoulis N, 2013, TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY: A SYSTEMS PERSPECTIVE IN DEALING WITH WATER CHALLENGES, 13th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (CEST), Publisher: GLOBAL NEST, SECRETARIAT, ISSN: 1106-5516

CONFERENCE PAPER

Voulvoulis N, Skolout JWF, Oates CJ, Plant JAet al., 2013, From chemical risk assessment to environmental resources management: the challenge for mining, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLLUTION RESEARCH, Vol: 20, Pages: 7815-7826, ISSN: 0944-1344

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Aguilera V, Leurent F, 2012, Introduction, 15th Meeting of the Euro-Working-Group-on-Transportation (EWGT), Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, Pages: 1-4, ISSN: 1877-0428

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Aveni A, 2012, Introduction, TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY, Vol: 102, Pages: 1-+, ISSN: 0065-9746

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Baez JC, Baratin A, Freidel L, Wise DKet al., 2012, Introduction, Publisher: AMER MATHEMATICAL SOC

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Barlow T, 2012, Introduction, POSITIONS-ASIA CRITIQUE, Vol: 20, Pages: 1-6, ISSN: 1067-9847

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Berensmeyer I, Buelens G, Demoor M, 2012, Introduction, ZEITSCHRIFT FUR ANGLISTIK UND AMERIKANISTIK, Vol: 60, Pages: 1-3, ISSN: 0044-2305

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