Dr Effie Papargyropoulou

Dr Effie Papargyropoulou


I am an environmental social scientist interested in food security and sustainability. In my research I take a systems approach to explore ways we can achieve food security (i.e. access to enough, affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all, in a sustainable manner) while respecting planetary boundaries. 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
  • Associate Director in Urban Food Systems at the Global Food and Environment Institute

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 achieve food waste prevention along the food supply chain
  • Urban food systems
  • Low carbon cities

2020 – 2024: ‘KaLi: Kalimantan Lestari’ (Kalimantan Sustainability) – Co-Investigator, GCRF- NERC funded

KaLi aims to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the multiple drivers of drought and fires in Central Kalimantan
  • Investigate the impacts of drought and fires, and identify communities most vulnerable to these hazards
  • Identify priority actions and policies to reduce the risk of fire and implement sustainable solutions that build resilience in both communities and environment
<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 am the Programme Leader of the MSc Sustainable Food Systems https://courses.leeds.ac.uk/i868/sustainable-food-systems-msc
  • I am the module leader for FOEV5100M Introduction to Sustainable Food Systems
  • I teach on the MSc Sustainability and Consultancy, MSc Sustainability and Business, MSc Environment and Development, and MSc Climate Change and Environmental Policy

Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainability Research Institute
  • Business Organisations for Sustainable Societies
  • Environment and Development
  • Sustainable Food Systems

Current postgraduate researchers

<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>