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Dr Eleni Iacovidou
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management

Heinz Wolff 001C


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

Ebner, N. and Iacovidou, E. (2021) 'The challenges of Covid-19 pandemic on improving plastic waste recycling rates'. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 28. pp. 726 - 735. ISSN: 2352-5509 Open Access Link

Journal article

Samantaray, PK., Little, A., Wemyss, AM., Iacovidou, E. and Wan, C. (2021) 'Design and Control of Compostability in Synthetic Biopolyesters'. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 0 (in press). pp. 9151 - 9164. ISSN: 2168-0485 Open Access Link

Journal article

Iacovidou, E., Purnell, P., Tsavdaridis, KD. and Poologanathan, K. (2021) 'Digitally Enabled Modular Construction for Promoting Modular Components Reuse: A UK View'. Journal of Building Engineering, 42. pp. 1 - 20. ISSN: 2352-7102 Open Access Link

Journal article

Iacovidou, E., Geyer, R., Kalow, J., Palardy, J., Dunn, J., Hoellein, T., et al. (2021) 'Toward a circular economy for plastics'. One Earth, 4 (5). pp. 591 - 594. ISSN: 2590-3330

Journal article

Iacovidou, E., Hahladakis, J. and Purnell, P. (2021) 'A systems thinking approach to understanding the challenges of achieving the circular economy'. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 28 (19). pp. 1 - 47. ISSN: 0944-1344 Open Access Link

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