Nick Voulvoulis BSc (Hons) MSc DIC PhD DMS is a Professor of Environmental Technology at Imperial College’s Centre for Environmental Policy and Co-Chair of the Department's Research Committee.
He is an international expert in environmental management, especially where science and engineering interface with public policy. His research targets the interactions and interdependencies between human and natural systems, and focuses on processes and practices across many areas and diverse sectors that aim to decouple economic growth from natural resources. He is interested in research that can facilitate government policy development, create an environment for innovation, and engage businesses, industry and the wider public in the transformational shift required for our society to reach sustainability.
Nick has published in some of the top journals in the field, and his H index is 37 in Scopus and 45 in Google Scholar. More than 20 PhD students and more than 200 MSc students have graduated under his supervision, many of whom have gone on to take up leading positions in the field.
Professor Voulvoulis is the academic lead from Imperial on its strategic research partnership with Anglian Water and leads the research collaboration with Veolia on the Circular Economy. He is also a member of the Environment Agency Strategic Monitoring Review (SMR) Advisory Group.
Current research activities are exploring the potential of systems thinking in water policy (GLOBAQUA), the management of emerging contaminants (NERC), the fate of nanomaterials in wastewater (NERC), developing tools to address the conflicting demands of the water-energy-food nexus (AW programme), and delivering options for “closing the loop” in resources management (Veolia programme), to enable transition to a safer, circular and sustainable future. Impacts to society, community participation in science and links between knowledge management and environmental behaviour are also important parts of current work (for example as Director of the OPAL Soil Centre).
He is Associate Editor of Environmental Management, an international peer reviewed journal published by Springer, and also sits on the Editorial Board for AIMS Environmental Science and for Environmental Nanotechnology, Management and Science.
et al., 2019, Integrated catchment management for reducing pesticide levels in water: Engaging with stakeholders in East Anglia to tackle metaldehyde, Science of the Total Environment, Vol:656, ISSN:0048-9697, Pages:1436-1447
Giakoumis T, Voulvoulis N, 2018, A participatory ecosystems services approach for pressure prioritisation in support of the Water Framework Directive, Ecosystem Services, Vol:34, ISSN:2212-0416, Pages:126-135
Iacovidou E, Voulvoulis N, 2018, A multi-criteria sustainability assessment framework: development and application in comparing two food waste management options using a UK region as a case study, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Vol:25, ISSN:0944-1344, Pages:35821-35834
Giakoumis T, Voulvoulis N, 2018, The transition of EU water policy towards the Water Framework Directive’s Integrated River Basin Management paradigm, Environmental Management, Vol:62, ISSN:0364-152X, Pages:819-831
Zafeiridou M, Hopkinson NS, Voulvoulis N, 2018, Cigarette Smoking: An assessment of tobacco's global environmental footprint across its entire supply chain., Environmental Science & Technology, Vol:52, ISSN:0013-936X, Pages:8087-8094
Voulvoulis N, Arpon KD, Giakoumis T, 2016, The EU Water Framework Directive: From great expectations to problems with implementation, Science of the Total Environment, Vol:575, ISSN:0048-9697, Pages:358-366
Kirkman R, Voulvoulis N, 2016, The role of public communication in decision making for waste management infrastructure, Environmental Management, Vol:203, ISSN:1432-1009, Pages:640-647
et al., 2014, Flood risk assessment for infrastructure networks, Journal of Flood Risk Management, Vol:7, ISSN:1753-318X, Pages:31-41