Dr Nikoleta Jones

Senior lecturer

Global Sustainability Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Location: Cambridge

Nikoleta is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and her work focuses on the interaction of society with the environment.

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Nikoleta joined the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University in September 2015. Before moving to the GSI she was a Lecturer at the Open University (Department of Geography) and a Marie Curie Research fellow at the University of Birmingham (Project ESCALATE: Exploring the role of social capital on citizens’ reactions to climate change mitigation strategies).

She has done extensive research on how certain social factors influence individuals’ environmental awareness and behavior along with their perceptions of proposed environmental policies mainly concerning climate change and protected areas. Nikoleta has also done research on economic valuation of natural resources and environmental management of organisations.

She is an expert in analysing social data with quantitative and qualitative methods and her work has been published in several highly ranked academic journals such as Climatic Change, Journal of Environmental Management, Ecological Economics and Journal of Cleaner Production. Dr Jones has been involved in the writing and management of successful research grants which since 2009, collectively have raised over €800,000 in external research funding. She has also supervised over 30 post-graduate students.

Research interests

  • Social factors influencing public acceptability of environmental policies
  • Social impacts and designation of protected areas
  • Incorporating sustainability indicators in participatory decision-making processes
  • Economic valuation of natural resources


  • PhD (Department of Environment, University of the Aegean)
  • MSc Environmental Policy and Management (Department of Environment, University of the Aegean, Greece)
  • BA Sociology (Department of Sociology, Panteion University, Greece)

Selected recent publications

Jones N., Clark J.R.A., Malesios C., 2015. Social capital and willingness to pay for coastal defences in south-east England. Ecological Economics, 119, 74-82

Jones N., Filos I., Fates E., Dimitrakopoulos P.G. 2015. Exploring perceptions on participatory management of NATURA 2000 forest sites in Greece. Forest Policy and Economics, 56, 1-8

Jones N., Clark J.R.A. 2014. Social capital and the public acceptability of climate change adaptation policies: A case study in Romney Marsh, UK. Climatic Change, 123-133-145

Vokou D., Dimitrakopoulos P.G., Jones N., Damialis A., Monokrousos N., Pantis J.D., Mazaris A.D. et al. 2014. Ten years of co-management in Greek protected areas: an evaluation. Biodiversity and Conservation. 23- 2833-2855

Skouloudis A., Jones N., Malesios C., Evangelinos I.K. 2014. Trends and determinants of non-financial disclosure in Greece. Journal of Cleaner Production, 68, 174-188

Jones N., Koukoulas S., Clark J.R.A., Evangelinos K.Ι., Dimitrakopoulos P.G., 2014. Social capital and citizen perceptions of coastal management for tackling climate change impacts in Greece. Regional Environmental Change, 14, 1083-1093.

Jones N., Clark J.R.A., Panteli M., Proikaki M., Dimitrakopoulos P.G. 2012. Local social capital and the acceptance of Protected Area policies: An empirical study of two Ramsar river delta ecosystems in northern Greece. Journal of Environmental Management, 96 (1), 55-63

Halkos G.E., Jones N. 2012. Modeling the effect of social factors on improving biodiversity protection. Ecological Economics 78, 90-99

Book chapters

Jones N., Proikaki M., Roumeliotis S. 2015. Social capital levels in Greece in times of crisis. In Ed. Huliaras A., Sotiropoulos D., Clarke J., Civil Society at the European Frontline. An examination of the third sector in Greece. Ashgate. Forthcoming

Jones N. 2011. Social capital and environmental policies in Greece. In Liam L., Botetzagias I. (Eds.) Sustainable Politics and the Crisis of the Peripheries, Ireland and Greece. Series Advances in Ecopolitics, vol. 8, Emerald Books. (ISBN: 978-0-85724-761-2)