Prof. Phoebe Koundouri is a world-renowned environmental economics professor and global leader in sustainable development. She is widely recognized as a pioneer in innovative, human-centric, interdisciplinary systems for the sustainable interaction between nature, society, and the economy. Prof. Koundouri is listed in the most-cited women economists in the world, with 15 published books and more than 465 published peer reviewed scientific articles, book chapters and reports.
Prof. Koundouri is University Professor (the university’s highest academic rank) at the School of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business, an elected fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science and the President-elect of the European Association of Environmental and Natural Resource Economists for the period 2019-2025 (EAERE) with more than 1200 scientific member institutions, from more than 75 different countries).
Prof. Koundouri is the Founder and Scientific Director of the Research Laboratory on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability (ReSEES) at Athens University of Economics and Business, focusing on interdisciplinary research on socio-economic and environmental systems. She is also Affiliated Professor at the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center, where she founded and scientifically directs the Sustainable Development Unit and the EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, the latter focusing on accelerating technological and social innovations for use in the transition to a climate neutral economy.
Prof. Koundouri is also the co-Chair of United Nations Sustainable Development Network (UN SDSN) –Europe. The leadership of UN SDSN-Europe is constituted from existing National SDSN European networks and its mission is to serve as a science driven interface with European Commission policymaking. Prof. Koundouri is also the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8) and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Forest Institute.
Prof. Koundouri is one of the Commissioners of the prestigious Lancet Commission on COVID-19 for which she co-chairs the “Jobs-based Green Recovery” Task Force. She leads the UN SDSN Senior Working Group on “Transformation Pathways for the implementation of EGD and the SDGs”, co-leads the UN SDSN Sustainable Shipping and Ports and Shipping Initiative, and the UN SDSN 4-seas (Mediterranean, Black, Caspian and Aral Seas) Blue Growth Initiative. She is a member of the CEPR (Center for Economic Policy Research) Network (RPN) on Climate Change , member of the Priministerial Committee for the Recovery and 10-year Development Plan of Greece, the National Climate Change Committee of the Greece, as well as chair or member of numerous European and International Scientific, Research and Policy Boards and Committees.
Prof. Koundouri acts as a scientific advisor to the European Commission, World Bank, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, OECD, UN, NATO, WHO, World Water Council and various other Multilateral Institutions, as well as numerous national and international foundations and organizations. She also advises national governments across the world. Prof. Koundouri is editorial board member of more than 20 prestigious scientific journals.
Since 1997, she has coordinated more than 100 interdisciplinary research projects, in all five continents, focused on combinations of Sustainable Development, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Behavioural Economics and Econometrics, Economics of Wellbeing and Happiness, Natural Resource-Food-Energy Nexus, Smart Water Systems, Ecosystem Services Valuation, Blue Growth, Circular Economy, Systems Innovation, Innovation Acceleration and Commercialization, and has attracted significant competitive research funding. Prof. Koundouri and her large interdisciplinary team (more than 200 researchers) have produced research and policy results that have contributed to accelerating research and innovation for the enablement of Sustainable Development and has contributed to shaping European and National policies.
Over the last two decades, Professor Koundouri has given keynote and public lecturers, at high level forums all over the world, and received various prizes for academic excellence, including best paper awards, highest policy impact paper award, European Research project award, etc. as well as the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Synergy Grant (2020-2027), which focuses on design of the next generation of urban water systems, via the combination of water science, systems and control theory, economics, decision-science and machine learning. This is the biggest research project in the world at the moment working on urban water systems.
Prof. Koundouri was born and raised in Cyprus. During the period 1991-2006, she studied and held academic positions in the UK. She holds a PhD and MPhil in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Cambridge. For her studies she received a full scholarship from the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. She then held academic positions at the University of Cambridge, University College London, University of Reading, London School of Economics. Since 2006 she lives in Greece (Athens) with her husband, Prof. Nikitas Pittis, and their three daughters: Chrysilia, Billie and Athena.
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Founder and Scientific Director
Research on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability (ReSEES)
Department of International and European Economic Studies
Athens University of Economics and Business
Affiliated Professor and Director of EIT Climate KIC Hub Greece
ATHENA: Research and Innovation Centre
UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT NETWORK-EUROPE AND GREECE
UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT NETWORK-BLACK SEA
Chair of Scientific Advisory Board
EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE
Chair of Scientific Advisory Board
ICRE8: INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE ECONOMY
2021 Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science http://worldacademy.org/content/overview
2021 Member of RIS Policy Working Group.
This activity is part of a broad collaboration setting that include Climate-KIC collaboration agreement with JRC for 5 years and a clearer and more active interface role for RIS programme between the portfolio of activities implemented in RIS countries and the key units at DG EAC, DG REGIO and DG RTD
2021 Member of the Scientific Committee (SC) for the Society for Benefit CostAnalysis (SBCA) European Conference
2021 President of the Global Climate Task Force, Green Cross International
2021 Director of Sustainable Development Unit, Athena Research and Innovation Center https://www.athena-innovation.gr/en
2020 Prof. Phoebe Koundouri has been appointed in the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to the European Commission
The Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to the European Commission provides high quality, timely and independent scientific advice to the College of European Commissioners on any subject when requested to do so by the College. Its seven members are appointed by the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation from a short list established under the responsibility of an independent, high-level identification committee.
2020 Member of the Advisory Committee of ELIAMEP https://www.eliamep.gr/
2020 Member of the Water Europe Policy Advisory Committee (PAC). https://watereurope.eu/water-europe-ambassadors/#WE-Policy-Advisory-Committee .
2020 Member of the Scientific Committee of the regional network of Environmental education of Attica “schools4climate”
2020 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Tour du Valat, Institut de recherche pour la conservation des zones humides méditerranéennes https://tourduvalat.org/en/fondation-tour-du-valat/gouvernance-et-financement/
2020 Sustainability and Policy Advisor of ECOGENIA http://ecogenia.org/
2020 Won the competitive Synergy Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). https://erc.europa.eu/news/erc-2020-synergy-grants-results . Professor Phoebe Koundouri, School of Economics, Director of Resees, Research Laboratory on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability and President-elect European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, was one of the four main researchers of the project “Water-Futures”, worth a total of 10 million euros. The subsidized project, entitled “Smart Water Futures: Designing the Next Generation of Urban Drinking Water Systems” and the acronym “Water-Futures” is a collaboration between four internationally recognized researchers and their teams: Professor Marios Polykarpou of the University of Cyprus, who is also the Project Coordinator, Professor Barbara Hammer of Bielefeld University in Germany, Professor Phoebe Koundouri of the Athens University of Economics and Business in Greece, and Professor Dragan Savić of the KWR Water Research Institute in the Netherlands. This is the first ERC Grant won by an Economics Researcher in a Greek University.
2020 – 2026 President (Elect-Executive-Past) European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists EAERE https://www.eaere.org/
EAERE is the biggest scientific association on Natural Resource Economists in the World with more then 1200 member institutions from more than 75 countries around the world.
2020- today Member Policy Advisory Committee of Water Europe https://watereurope.eu/water-europe-ambassadors/#WE-Policy-Advisory-Committee%20Water%20Europe%20Ambassadorshttps://watereurope.eu
2020- today Member Scientific Advisory Board, Open Research Europe
2020- today Commissioner The Lancet Commission on COVID-19 and Task Force co-Chair of “Jobs based Green Recovery”
2020 – today Lead Economist (with Prof. Jeff Sachs) of UN SDSN Senior Working Group on the UN SDSN for European Green Deal (EGD) implementation, Sustainable Shipping and Ports, 4-seas Blue Growth Initiative
2020-today Member of the CEPR (Center for European and Policy Research) Network on Climate Change https://cepr.org/content/cepr-rpn-climate-change-researchers
2020- today Member Prime Ministerial Committee on the 10 year Recovery and Development Plan for Greece, which is headed by Prof. C. Pissarides, 2010 Nobel Prize Winner
2020- today Member Climate Change Advisory Committee, Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy under Greek Minister Kostis Hatzidakis (Law Νόμο 4638/2019)
2020 – today Member Science Council Tour du Valat Research Institute for the conservation of Mediterranean wetlands (https://tourduvalat.org/en/)
2020 Member of the steering committee of Nexus Project Cluster, a group of independent research initiatives http://www.nexuscluster.eu/
2020 Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Forest Institute www.efi.int
2019-2020 Chair the Nominating Committee of European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) Award for Outstanding Publication in the official journal of the Association ERE to be announced in year 2020.
2019 The 2019 European Commission first Horizon Impact Award, a prize dedicated to the EU-funded project that has created societal impact across Europe and beyond: SMART-COASTS (Italy) established a systematic approach in assessing and managing European coasts that have become growing erosion and flood risks, as well as in delivering safer coastal habitats. The best practices have been successfully deployed in numerous European countries and taken up by key policy actors in the field. https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/commission-announces-winners-horizon-impact-award-2019-2019-sep-26_en
2019 Invited academic participant in the project: Science and Ethics for Happiness and Well-being, “SEH”. The Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, in partnership with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and Columbia University. https://csd.columbia.edu/research-projects/happiness-and-well-being-research
2018-today Member of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) Policy Outreach Committee https://www.eaere.org/policy-outreach-committee/
2018 Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation – Second Nature Industrial design competition, judge http://www.laskaridisfoundation.org/en/second-nature-industrial-design-competition-for-greek-designers/
2018 -2020 Founder and Member of the Steering Committee of the Cluster of European Projects on Water-Energy-Food Nexus https://www.nexuscluster.eu/
2017 Co-Chair (with Sir Prof. Partha Dasgupta) of the organizing committee of the 2017 annual conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. http://www.eaere-conferences.org/index.php?y=2017
2017 International Advisory Board Member, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC) on Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean, produced by SDSN Mediterranean, financed by Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition.
2016 – 2019 Deputy member of the Temporary General Assembly of the Greek Research and Innovation Foundation (EL.ID.E.K.).
2016 Co-Chair United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Greece unsdsn.gr and Official Oberver United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network Global Leadership Council unsdsn.org
2016 – 2021 Member of the European Forest Institute Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) www.efi.int
2016 Nominating Committee for Best Poster Award, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.
2015 QUALITY OF POLICY CONTRIBUTION AWARD
The Quality of policy contribution award of the European Association of Agricultural Economics. The Board of the European Association of Agricultural Economists awarded Phoebe Koundouri’s co-authored paper: Genius, M., Koundouri, P., Nauges, C., & Tzouvelekas, V. (2014). Information transmission in irrigation technology adoption and diffusion: social learning, extension services, and spatial effects. /American Journal of Agricultural Economics/, ///96(1): 328–344/. the *Quality of Policy Contribution Award*, renamed in memory of our President, who suddenly died last July, the *Quality of Policy Contribution Award in honor of Giovanni Anania*, for 2014. The Award is announced on the EAAE webpages and will be in the next NewsFlash of the EAAE.
EAAE Publication Awards decisions are made yearly but recipients of the Awards for 2014, 2015 and 2016 will be presented at the triennial Congress of the Association in Parma (August 28-September 1, 2017) in a session specifically devoted to the Awards. You can find the list of previous winners of the Award: http://www.eaae.org/Site2014/index.php/eaae-organisation/fellows-and-awards/948-menuitems/fellows-and-publication-awards/309-the-publication-awards
2014 – 2015 Vice-President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE). http://www.eaere.org/
2014 Chair of Scientific Advisory Board, ICRE8: International Research Center on the Environment and the Economy
2014 Member of the Water Network https://water.tallyfox.com/user
2013 – today Steering Group Member of the Mediterranean SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) http://www.setac.org/members/group.aspx?code=AGEcolRisk
2012 – 2015 Elected Board Member of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE). See election results on: http://www.eaere.org/
2012 Greek Representative at the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics http://www.eaere.org/country.html
2012 – today Member of the Coastal Wiki Review Panel http://coastalwiki.org/coastalwiki/Main_Page
2012 – today Academic Advisory Board of AUEB Energy and Sustainability Club. http://www.imba.aueb.gr/node/590
2011- today Research Professor and Director of EIT Climate KIC Greece
ATHENA: Research and Innovation Centre, Greece. http://www.imis.athena-innovation.gr/
2011 BEST Publication Award of The European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE,http://www.eaae.org/eaae_site/) for 2009.This award concerns the following paper: Koundouri, P., Nauges, C., Laukkanen, M., and S. Myrra, 2009. The effects of EU agricultural policy changes on farmers’ risk attitudes European Review of Agricultural Economics. vol. 36(1), pages 53-77, March.
Details about this award can be found on: http://www.eaere.org/
The paper can be downloaded from:
2011 Nominated as one of the four candidates for the two positions FOR ORDINARY COUNCIL MEMBER of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) . http://www.eaere.org/files/profiles11.pdf
2010 – 2011 President of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Post Bank Green Institute, Athens, Greece. www.ttgreeninstitute.com
2010 Greek State representative in the European Commission Working Group for the Integration of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
2008 Greek Representative to the Horizontal OECD Water Project, OECD, Paris, France.
2008 Core Member of the Scientific Committee of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Athens, Greece. http://www.latsis-foundation.org/
2008 – today International Atlantic Economic Society. http://www.iaes.org/
2007 Included in The Cambridge Blue Book of the International Biographical Centre; Included in Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering 2007, 21st Century Editions; Included in Marquis Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders 2007, 21st Century Editions.
2006 Included in Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2006, 21st Century Editions.
2003 – 2006 Co-ordinator of ‘ARID Cluster’ of EU Projects, European Commission, 5th Framework Programme, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development. http://www.arid-research.net
2002 University of Reading, Pump-Priming Project Award
2000 Invited to the 2000 British Academy Meeting
2000 – today Member of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
2000 – today Member, American Economic Association.
2000 – today Member of the Econometric Society.
2000 – today Member, American Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.
2000 Member of the Groundwater Management Advisory Team (GW·MATE), Global Water Partnership Associated Program, The World Bank, Washington DC, USA.
GW-MATE co-authored briefing notes
1996 University of Cambridge, Peterhouse Scholarship for Academic Excellence
1996 University of Cambridge, Smuts Memorial Fund Scholarship
1996 Fellow of Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Society
1995 – today Member of Cambridge University Teachers Association
1995-1997 Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Fees Scholarship
1995-1997 Overseas Research Student Award (ORS)
1994 – today Member of Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge.
1994 – today Fellow of Cambridge Commonwealth Trust.
1994 – today Member of Cambridge Society – UK, Cyprus and Greek Branches
1994 – 1995 University of Cambridge, Friends of Peterhouse Bursary
1994 University of Leicester, Ronald L. Meeks Prize in Economics, awarded to the outstanding student of the Department of Economics, over the academic period 1991-1994.
1991 – 1994 University of Leicester, Economics Scholarship
1994 Cyprus Government Scholarship for study in British Universities
1991 European Bank of Reconstruction and Development Bank Mathematics Award
2020- today- Editorial Board member of the International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, which is one of the most prestigious economics journals in the relevant field and is publishing its 14th annual volume in 2020. www.irere.net
2020 – today: Editor Q Open journal, an inclusive forum for applied economics research broadly in the area of agricultural and environmental economics and cognate fields. Official journal of the European Agricultural and Applied Economics Foundation. Oxford University Press. https://academic.oup.com/qopen
2020 – today: member of the Scientific Advisory Board of “Economia Agro-Alimentare/Food Economy”, the journal published by FrancoAngeli on behalf of SIEA, the Italian Society of Agri-food Economics https://www.economiaagroalimentare.it/
2020 – today: Editorial Manager for Environmental Development
2015 – today: Editorial Board Member, REEP – Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. Published for the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) by Oxford University Press
2012 – today: Co-Editor, Environmental and Resource Economics. Springer. The Official Journal of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.
2012 – today: Associate Editor, Journal of Water Resources and Economics. Elsevier. Website: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/water-resources-and-economics/
2012 – 2016: Editor of the biannual Newsletter European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics.
2007 – today: Associate Editor, Economics-ejournal, electronic-journal of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. www.economics-ejournal.org
2005: Associate Editor, Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press.
2018 – today: Editorial Board of Energies: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/energies
IF 2.676 (2017)
2018 – today: Editorial Board of Open Access journal—Sustainability:
IF 2.075 (2017)
2018 – today: Member of Editorial Board of Forests (OA Journal)
2018 – today: International Journal of Economy, Energy and Environment (IJEEEP)
ISSN Print: 2575-5013, Online: 2575-5021
2017 – today: Innovative Techniques in Agriculture (ITAG) journal
Editorial Board e-mail address: email@example.com
2017 – today: Editorial Board Member, Forest Research, Gavin Publishers
2017 – today: Editorial Board Member, Environmental analysis and Ecology Studies
2015 – today: Associate Editor, Frontiers in Marine Research, Frontiers is a high impact factor open-access academic publisher
2015 – today: Editorial Board Member, Ecology and Environmental Science, Publisher Collabra, University of California Press.
2015 – today: Editorial Board Member, Research Journal of Environmental Sciences, Published by Science Alert.
2015 – today: Editorial Board Member, Journal of Marine Science Research and Technology
2015 – today: Editorial Board Member, Open Access journal AIMS Agriculture.
2014 – today: Associate Editor, Ocean Engineering, Technology, and Solutions for the Blue Economy (specialty of Frontiers in Marine Science).
2013 – today: Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Agricultural Extension. http://escijournals.net/IJAE
2013 – today: Editorial Board Member, Journal of South Asian Studies, Taylor & Francis Group, http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/csas20/current
2012 – today: Editorial Board Member, Journal of Water Sciences Research, http://journals.azad.ac.ir/JWSR
2012 – today: Editorial Board member, Journal of Business and Finance, http://www.eSciJournals.net/JBF/
2011 – today: Editorial Board Member, Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy. http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/JEEP
2010 – today: Editorial Board Member, Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies (formerly Cahiers d’Economie et Sociologie Rurales) http://www.raestud.eu/
2009 – today: Editorial Board Member, Environmental Science and Technology. http://elsevier.com/envsci Journal Impact Factor: 3.024.
2008 – today: Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph
2008 – today: Editorial Board Member, Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture, Bentham Science Publishers, www.bentham.org
2007 – today: Associate Editor, Open Agriculture Reviews, Bentham Science Publishers. www.bentham.org/open/oasr
2007 – today: Editorial Board Member, The Open Agriculture Journal, Bentham Science Publishers. www.bentham.org/open/toasj