Imperial College London

Professor Nick Voulvoulis

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Professor of Environmental Technology



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Nick Voulvoulis  BSc (Hons) MSc DIC PhD DMS  is a Professor of 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. 

His research focuses on 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.

The underlying principle for the interdisciplinary nature of his research is the application of science to solve environmental problems and sustainability challenges,  in other words technology in its original meaning.


He delivers high quality research, published in some of the top journals in the field, and his h index is 35(Scopus, May, 2018).

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, he 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.

bookProfessor 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.

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

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

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, ISSN:0048-9697, Pages:358-366

Kirkman R, Voulvoulis N, 2017, The role of public communication in decision making for waste management infrastructure, Journal of Environmental Management, Vol:203, ISSN:0301-4797, Pages:640-647

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, ISSN:1944-3994, Pages:3263-3271

Emanuelsson MAE, McIntyre N, Hunt CF, et al., 2014, Flood risk assessment for infrastructure networks, Journal of Flood Risk Management, Vol:7, ISSN:1753-318X, Pages:31-41

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

Vlachopoulou M, Coughlin D, Forrow D, et 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, ISSN:0048-9697, Pages:684-694

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

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

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