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 and Deputy Head of Department.

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.

As an environmental scientist, he is committed to helping the industrial transition to a low carbon future, supporting  government policy development, and empowering people  through his research to engage in the transformational shift required for our society to reach sustainability.

cepimperialNick has published in some of the top journals in the field, and his H index is 45 (in Scopus) and  55 (in Google Scholar).  He has superviced  25 PhD students and around 250 MSc students, 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.

bookCurrent research activities are exploring Global Resources Fragility (UN FAO), the role of the manufacturing of antibiotics in the proliferation of antibiotic resistance (NERC), the risks associated with combined sewer overflows on receiving waters (Anglian Water), the management of emerging contaminants (NERC), the fate of nanomaterials in wastewater (NERC), and delivering options for the Citcular Economy  (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 the Associate Editor of Environmental Management, an international peer reviewed journal published by Springer.

The Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London
The MSc in Environmental Technology
Talk at the COP27 Side event on Tobacco's environmental impacts
Talk at the side event organized by FAO at COP15 of the UNCCD

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Souliotis I, Voulvoulis N, 2021, Incorporating ecosystem services in the assessment of water framework directive programmes of measures, Environmental Management, Vol:68, ISSN:0364-152X, Pages:38-52

Hunt C, Wilson HL, Voulvoulis N, 2021, Evaluating alternatives to plastic microbeads in cosmetics, Nature Sustainability, Vol:4, ISSN:2398-9629, Pages:366-372

Kioupi V, Voulvoulis N, 2020, Sustainable development goals (SDGs): assessing the contribution of higher education programmes, Sustainability, Vol:12, ISSN:2071-1050, Pages:6701-6701

Kioupi V, Voulvoulis N, 2019, Education for sustainable development: A systemic framework for connecting the SDGs to educational outcomes, Sustainability, Vol:11, ISSN:2071-1050, Pages:1-18

Voulvoulis N, Burgman M, 2019, The contrasting roles of science and technology in environmental challenges, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, Vol:49, ISSN:1064-3389, Pages:1079-1106

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, 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

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