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. She is listed in the 1% of most-cited women economists in the world, and she is included within the official Stanford University list of the Top 2 % of world scientists, with 15 published books and more than 500 published peer reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, research and policy reports.
Prof. Koundouri is member of the Nominating Committee for the Prize in Economics Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, The Royal Swedish Academy of Scienceis, elected fellow of Academia Europae and elected fellow and trustee of the World Academy of Arts and Science and member of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Board.
She is a Professor School of Economics and founder and Scientific Director of the ReSEES Research Laboratory, at Athens University of Economics and Business; Professor at the Department of Technology, Management and Economics, Technical University of Denmark (DTU); Affiliated Professor at ATHENA Information Technology Research Center, where she founded and scientifically directs the Sustainable Development Unit, leads systemic research on the Green and Digital Transition and the EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, focusing on accelerating technological and social innovations for the transition to a climate neutral economy. She is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8) dedicated to interdisciplinary research on sustainable development and management of the Environment, Energy, Economy, Eco-innovations and their electronic versions. Prof. Koundouri is also the Chair of the SDSN Global Climate Hub; co-Chair of SDSN Europe & SDSN Greece. 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 Founder of the NEXUS Cluster.
All the aforementioned institutions and organizations are part of the Alliance of Excellence for Research and Innovation on Aeiphoria (AE4RIA), an initiative for collaboration between research institutions, innovation accelerators, and science-technology-policy interface networks focused on sustainable development, founded and directed by Prof. Phoebe Koundouri.
Prof. Koundouri is Editor in Chief of the Journal Frontiers in Environmental Economics, co-editor of the official journal of EAERE Environmental and Resource Economics, associate editor for Nature: Climate Action journal, co-editor in Q-Open journal, as well as editorial board member in more then 30 economics and interdisciplinary journals.
Prof. Koundouri is one of the Commissioners of the prestigious Lancet Commission on COVID-19 for which she co-chairs the “Green Recovery” Task Force. She co-leads with Prof. Jeff Sachs (president of SDSN) the UN SDSN Senior Working Group on “Transformation Pathways for the implementation of EGD and the SDGs”, co-leads the the UN SEAs Blue Growth Initiative. She is a member of the CEPR (Center for Economic Policy Research) Network (RPN) on Climate Change. She is IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change) delegate for EAERE and she is European Climate Pact Ambassador for the European Commission. She is also member of the National Climate Change Committee of Greece, of the Ministry of Energy and the Environment, was member of the 2021 Pissarides Committee (10 year Greek Development Plan) chaired by Nobelist Prof. C. Pissarides, as well as chair or member of numerous European and International Scientific, Research and Policy Boards and Councils.
In 2020 she received the prestigious European Research Council ERC Synergy Grant , entitled: “Smart Water Futures: Designing the Next Generation of Urban Drinking Water Systems”. Currently, this is the biggest research project in the world on urban water systems.
Since 1997, she has coordinated more than 100 interdisciplinary research projects, on Sustainable Blue Growth, Water-Food-Energy Nexus, Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation and Sustainable Finance in all five continents, focused on combinations of Sustainable Development, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation , Behavioral 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 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 and her large interdisciplinary AE4RIA 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.