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, with a focus on 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.


  • Programme Lead MSc Sustainable Food Systems

Research interests

My research interests centre around the following topics/ areas:

  • How to make our food system more sustainable
  • The relationships between food surplus redistribution and food poverty
  • Ways to acheive food waste prevention along the food supply chain
  • Low carbon cities

Current research projects:

From 2019: Principal Investigator, N8 AgriFood Resilience Programme University of Leeds Pump Priming, ‘FAmiSHEd: Interactions between Food wAste, Surplus and HungEr’

<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 SOEE5223 Delivering Sustainability Through Projects
  • I am the Programme Lead for MSc Sustainable Food Systems https://courses.leeds.ac.uk/i868/sustainable-food-systems-msc

Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainability Research Institute
  • Business Organisations for Sustainable Societies
  • Environment and Development
  • Sustainable Food Systems
<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://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>