Dr Effie Papargyropoulou

Senior Lecturer

Global Sustainability Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Location: Distance learning, Cambridge

Effie is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and her work focuses on the interactions between human societies and the environment, and the management of the impacts human activities have on the environment

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Background

Effie joined the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University in June 2017. She is also a Research fellow in Climate Smart Cities at the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) University of Leeds and previously worked as a Lecturer in Sustainability and Environmental Management at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). 

Effie’s research deals with the interactions and conflicts between human societies and the environment, and the management of the impacts human activities have on the environment, through the spectrum of sustainability and sustainable development. These interactions are examined in the context of global challenges, such as food insecurity and global environmental change. Effie has investigated conflicts between economic development and natural resources conservation in the palm oil industry in Malaysia and Indonesia (publications in Landscape Research and Environmental Conservation), modelled the carbon emission reduction potential and economic performance of numerous low-carbon interventions within the housing, commercial buildings, transport, energy, industrial and waste sectors in cities (publications in Global Environmental Change, Energy Policy, Cities, Sustainable Cities and Society, Climate and Development, Journal of Environmental Management), reviewed the co-benefits of climate action in cities in terms of health, green economy, poverty alleviation and inequality, investigated the scale and drivers behind excessive food waste generation in the food service sector in Malaysia, and the links between food consumption, food waste and food insecurity (publications in Waste Management and Cleaner Production). Effie’s research aims to be transdisciplinary by engaging with academic and non-academic stakeholders, and interdisciplinary by combining mixed methods approaches from various fields.

Spoken Languages

English, Greek, Bahasa Malaysia

Research interests

  • Food consumption and food waste
  • Interactions between global food security and food waste
  • Climate change mitigation in cities
  • Economics of low-carbon cities
  • Co-benefits of climate action in cities
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability research

Areas of research supervision

  • Food consumption and food waste
  • Interactions between global food security and food waste
  • Climate change mitigation in cities
  • Economics of low-carbon cities
  • Co-benefits of climate action in cities

Teaching

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Effie teaches on the MSc Sustainability

Qualifications

  • PhD in Sustainability Research (Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds)
  • MSc in Environmental Engineering (School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne)
  • BSc in Geology (School of Science, National University of Athens, Greece)

Memberships, editorial boards

Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) UK

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Geran Universiti Penyelidikan by the Ministry of Education Malaysia - Socio economic studies for the Pagoh university town subcritical water treatment plant (1 June 2015 – 31 May 2017) RM100,000 (£20,000) Principle investigator

CONNECT2SEA EU funding - ICT applications for Smart, Low Carbon Cities in SEA: EU/SEA perspectives (August 2014 - July 2015) 7,000€ (£6,300). Research associate

MJIIT Research Grant - Food waste minimisation in food service sector in Malaysia (April 2012 - April 2014) RM40,000 (£8,000) Principle investigator

Geran Universiti Penyelidikan (GUP) by the Ministry of Education Malaysia - Towards Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Malaysian Food and Beverage Industry (January 2013 – April 2014) RM40,000 (£8,000) Co-investigator

South East Asia Prosperity Fund by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Policy development of sustainable food waste management in green townships in Malaysia (April 2011 - June 2012) £31,000. Principle investigator

Foreign Lecturer Research Funding by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia - Establishing the Recycling Potential of Food Waste from the Service Sector in Malaysia (August 2010 – August 2012) RM30,000 (£6,000) Principle investigator

Selected recent publications

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Recent articles 

Padfield R, Salim HK., Hansen SB., Yuzir A., Mohamad S., Syayuti K., Tham MH., Papargyropoulou E. (Accepted) Global trends in ISO 14001 environmental management system research. Journal of Cleaner Production.

Papargyropoulou E., Wright W., Lozano R., Steinberger J., Padfield R., Ujang Z. (2016) Conceptual framework for the study of food waste generation and prevention in the hospitality sector. Waste Management. 

Padfield R., Drew S., Syayuti. K, Page S., Evers S., Campos-Arceiz A., Kangayatkarasu N., Sayok A., Hansen S., Schouten G., Maulidia M., Papargyropoulou E., & Mun Hou, T. (2016) Landscapes in transition: An analysis of sustainable policy initiatives and emerging corporate commitments in the palm oil industry. Landscape Research 

Gouldson A., Colenbrander S., Sudmant A., Papargyropoulou E, Kerr N., McAnulla F. Hall S. (2016). Cities and Climate Change Mitigation: Economic opportunities and governance challenges in Asia. Cities 

Colenbrander S., Gouldson A., Sudmant A., Papargyropoulou E., Loon Wai C. & Chin Siong H. (2016) Exploring the economic case for early investment in climate change mitigation in middle-income countries: a case study of Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Climate and Development 

Papargyropoulou E., Colenbrander S., Sudmant A., Gouldson A., Tin LC. (2015) The economic case for low carbon waste management in rapidly growing cities in the developing world: The case of Palembang Indonesia. Journal of Environmental Management 

Colenbrander S., Gouldson A., Sudmant A., Papargyropoulou E. (2015) The economic case for low carbon development in rapidly growing developing world cities: A case study of Palembang, Indonesia. Energy policy. 

Gouldson A., Colenbrander S., McAnulla F., Sudmant A., Kerr N., Sakai P., Hall S., Papargyropoulou E., Kuylenstierna J. Exploring the Economic Case for Low Carbon Cities (2015). Global Environmental Change 

Papargyropoulou E., Lozano R., Steinberger J., Wright W., Ujang Z. (2014) The food waste hierarchy as a framework for the management of food surplus and food waste. Journal of Cleaner Production 

Papargyropoulou E., Padfield R., Rupani P.F., Zakaria Z. (2014) Towards Sustainable Resource and Waste Management in Developing Countries: The Role of Commercial and Food Waste in Malaysia. International Journal of Waste Resources 4:151 

Padfield, R., Waldron, S., Drew, S., Papargyropoulou, E., Kumaran, S., Page, S., Gilvear, D., Armstrong, A., Evers, S., Williams, P., Zakaria, Z., Chin, S., Hansen, S., Campos-Arceiz, A., Latif, T., Sayok, A. & Tham, M. (2014) Research agendas for the sustainable management of tropical peatland in Malaysia. Environmental Conservation 

Papargyropoulou E., Padfield R., Harrison O. Preece C. (2012) The Rise of Sustainability Services for the Built Environment in Malaysia. Sustainable Cities and Society. Vol 5, pp 44–51 

Padfield R., Papargyropoulou E., and Preece C. (2012) Greenhouse Gas Emission Trends in the Production and Consumption of Food and Drink in Malaysia.  International Journal of Technology. Vol, 3 Issue 1. 

Book chapters

Papargyropoulou, E. (2016). Food Waste in the Food Service Sector. A Case Study from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in: Sahakian, M., Saloma, C., and Erkman, S. (Eds.), Food Consumption in the City: Practices and patterns in urban Asia and the Pacific. Routledge. 

Papargyropoulou, E. (2013) Non Structural Environmental Management for a Sustainable Food Waste Framework in Malaysia. in Non- Structural Environmental Management Methods. Editors: Choong Weng Wai, Abdul Hakim Mohamed, Mohammad Tahir Sabit Haji Mohammad. ISBN 978-983-52-0899-7

Recent presentations and conferences

Papargyropoulou E (2014) Developing a framework for the food waste hierarchy. In the World Food Congress 2014. Changchun, China. 28 -31 August 2014.

Effie Papargyropoulou, Rory Padfield, Parveen Fatemeh Rupani, Zuriati Zakaria (2013). Opportunities and challenges of commercial food waste management in Malaysia. In MJIIT – JUC Joint International Symposium 2013 (MJJIS2013), Tokai University, Hiratsuka, Japan. 6-8 November 2013. 

Rory Padfield, Khadijah Mohd Syayuti, Zuriati Zakaria, Effie Papargyropoulou (2013). Research priorities for the study of tropical peatland: A stakeholder engagement exercise in Malaysia. In MJIIT – JUC Joint International Symposium 2013 (MJJIS2013), Tokai University, Hiratsuka, Japan. 6-8 November 2013. 

Parveen Fatemeh Rupani, Asha Embrandiri, Mahamad Hakimi Ibrahim, Effie Papargyropoulou (2013). Fertigation with extracts of vermicomposts of palm mill waste. In MJIIT – JUC Joint International Symposium 2013 (MJJIS2013), Tokai University, Hiratsuka, Japan. 6-8 November 2013.