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Dr Eleni Iacovidou

Dr Eleni Iacovidou
Lecturer in Environmental Management


My research focuses on environmental management, with emphasis on resource and waste management systems. Specifically, I develop methods for performing holistic and integrated environmental, economic, social and technical assessments of resource recovery systems based on a systems thinking approach. Using this approach, I combine environmental science and engineering with an understanding of the political, organisational, structural and cultural aspects that act synergistically in a resource recovery system to highlight areas of intervention for promoting sustainability.

My research is predominantly desktop based and focuses on four key areas:

  • food waste prevention and management 
  • plastic and plastic packaging system assessment
  • construction components reuse and modular structures
  • waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) repair and reuse

I am also interested in the implications of technological and regulatory lock-ins, the role of stakeholders in sustainability transitions, the impact of informal recycling systems on environment and society, in waste infrastructure availability and adaptation based on area-specific characteristics, the use of smart technologies for tracking components and products across the value chain, and in circular economy.


  • BSc in Chemistry, University of Crete
  • MSc in Technologies for Environmental Protection, University of Crete
  • PhD in Environmental Research (Management and Policy), Imperial College London

Newest selected publications

Ng, KS., Phan, AN., Iacovidou, E. and Wan Ab Karim Ghani, WA. (2021) 'Techno-economic assessment of a novel integrated system of mechanical-biological treatment and valorisation of residual municipal solid waste into hydrogen: A case study in the UK'. Journal of Cleaner Production, 298. pp. 126706 - 126706. ISSN: 0959-6526

Journal article

Gerassimidou, S., Martin, O., Chapman, SP., Hahladakis, JN. and Iacovidou, E. (2021) 'Development of an integrated sustainability matrix to depict challenges and trade-offs of introducing bio-based plastics in the food packaging value chain'. Journal of Cleaner Production, 286. pp. 1 - 35. ISSN: 0959-6526 Open Access Link

Journal article

Patel, S., Dora, M., Hahladakis, J. and Iacovidou, E. (2021) 'Opportunities, challenges and trade-offs with decreasing avoidable food waste in the UK'. Waste Management and Research, 39 (3). pp. 473 - 488. ISSN: 0734-242X Open Access Link

Journal article

Awasthi, AK., Cheela, VRS., D’Adamo, I., Iacovidou, E., Islam, MR., Johnson, M., et al. (2021) 'Zero waste approach towards a sustainable waste management'. Resources, Environment and Sustainability, 3 (March 2021). pp. 1 - 3. ISSN: 2666-9161 Open Access Link

Journal article

Iacovidou, E. and Lovat, E. (Accepted) 'Approaches to monitoring and evaluation of resource recovery from waste towards a circular economy', in Tudor, T. and Dutra, CJC. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Waste, Resources and the Circular Economy. Routledge. ISBN 13: 9780367364649. Open Access Link

Book chapter
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