Dr Effie Papargyropoulou

Dr Effie Papargyropoulou


I am interested in the interactions between people and the environment, and the management of the impacts human activity has on the environment. I explore these interactions in the context of global environmental challenges such as climate change and food security, through the lens of sustainability and sustainable development. My research focuses on two main themes: food systems, food waste management and food consumption; and low carbon cities, decarbonisation of human activities and climate change mitigation. My research is transdisciplinary by engaging with academic and non-academic stakeholders, and interdisciplinary by combining approaches from various fields.

Before joining the University of Leeds, I worked as a lecturer in Malaysia for six years, and before that as environmental consultant in the UK.

Research interests

  • How to make our food system more sustainable
  • Food surplus redistribution and food poverty
  • Food waste prevention
  • Low carbon cities
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD, Sustainability Research, University of Leeds
  • MSc, Environmental Engineering, University of Newcastle
  • BSc, Geology, National University of Athens

Professional memberships

  • Charted Member of the Charted Institution of Waste Management

Student education

  • I teach on the MSc Sustainability and Consultancy, MSc Sustainability and Business, MSc Environment and Development, and MSc Climate Change and Environmental Policy
  • I am the module leader for  Delivering Sustainability Through Projects
  • I am developing a new Masters programme on Food and Sustainability 

Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainability Research Institute
  • Business Organisations for Sustainable Societies
  • Environment and Development
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>