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Dr Eleni Papathanasopoulou

Environmental Economist

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Dr Eleni Papathanasopoulou is an economist working within the socio-economics group of PML. Her main area of research is combining macroeconomic models with environmental and resource vectors to assess the impacts humans are having on the environment and how resources are being used to sustain changing lifestyles and economic development. Her research prior to PML focused predominately on energy resource use and carbon dioxide emissions, but she is now extending her research to include other elements of ecosystem services relevant to the marine environment. Recently she combined input-output tables and fisheries data to calculate output, employment and income multipliers both at the national and regional levels.

Eleni is also currently leading on a project which is investigating the social impacts and benefits of a range of marine activities. The project draws on social impact assessment frameworks, transition management techniques, input-output analysis and GIS mapping to provide a rounded view of the elements that need to be considered when planning the use of the marine environment and its social implications. She is also working on a UKERC project which is investigating the impacts different energy systems are having on marine ecosystem services both locally and globally. Eleni helped arrange and lead a knowledge exchange workshop focusing on ocean acidification and the impact on shellfish farmers in Scotland as part of the UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme.



Portugal Twinning for Innovation and Excellence in Marine Science and Earth Observation (PORTWIMS)

Contact: Steve Groom

Through innovation, collaboration and capacity building, PORTWIMS aims to enhance the science, technology and profile of marine science at the...


SOLSTICE-WIO: Sustainable Oceans, Livelihoods and food Security Through Increased Capacity in Ecosystem research in the Western Indian Ocean

Contact: Dr Eleni Papathanasopoulou

SOLSTICE – WIO is a four year collaborative GCRF project that aims to strengthen capacity in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region to address...

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Other key projects

UKERC: Integrated approaches to ecosystem services and energy: Assessing the global and local impacts on ecosystem services of energy provision in the UK. 2012-2015.

UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme: Knowledge Exchange workshops to develop the design of future knowledge exchange programmes for the UK shellfish industry;

MMO commissioned project: Social Impacts of Fisheries, Aquaculture, Recreation, Tourism and Marine Protected Areas in Marine Plan Areas in England: Evidence base of social implications of marine plans and management. 

Recent publications

  • Willis, C; Papathanasopoulou, E; Russel, D; Artioli, Y. 2018 Harmful algal blooms: the impacts on cultural ecosystem services and human well-being in a case study setting, Cornwall, UK. Marine Policy.
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  • Hattam, C; Hooper, TL; Papathanasopoulou, E. 2017 A Well-Being Framework for Impact Evaluation: the Case of the UK Offshore Wind Industry. Marine Policy.
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  • Fernandes, JA; Papathanasopoulou, E; Hattam, C; Queiros, AM; Cheung, WWWL; Yool, A; Artioli, Y; Pope, EC; Flynn, KJ; Merino, G; Calosi, P; Beaumont, NJ; Austen, MC; Widdicombe, S; Barange, M. 2016 Estimating the ecological, economic and social impacts of ocean acidification and warming on UK fisheries. Fish and Fisheries, 18 (3). 389-411.
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  • Magnan, A; Turley, CM; Al-Moghrabi, S; Celliers, L; Hall-Spencer, JM; Holthus, P; Isensee, K; Papathanasopoulou, E; Recuero-Virto, L. 2015 Governance, Governments and Legislation. [Invited Paper] In: Ocean Acidification Impacts on Coastal Communities, Third International Workshop on Bridging the Gap Between Ocean Acidification and Economic Valuation, Oceanographic Museum, Principality of Monaco, 12 - 14 January 2015. Gland, Switzerland, IUCN, 25-28.
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  • Holland, RA; Scott, K; Hinton, ED; Austen, MC; Barrett, J; Beaumont, NJ; Blaber-Wegg, T; Brown, G; Carter-Silk, E; Cazenave, P; Eigenbrod, F; Hiscock, K; Hooper, TL; Lovett, A; Papathanasopoulou, E; Smith, P; Thomas, A; Tickner, R; Torres, R; Taylor, G. 2016 Bridging the gap between energy and the environment. Energy Policy, 92.
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  • Papathanasopoulou, E; White, MP; Hattam, C; Lannin, A; Harvey, AJ; Spencer, A. 2016 Valuing the health benefits of physical activities in the marine environment and their importance for marine spatial planning. Marine Policy, 63. 144-152.
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Selected key publications

Broadstock, D. and E. Papathanasopoulou (2012). Non-economic factors and their contribution in explaining gasoline demand in Greece. (Accepted by the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation)

Papathanasopoulou, E. (2010).  Household consumption, associated fossil fuel demand and carbon dioxide emissions: the case of Greece between 1990 – 2006.  Energy Policy, Volume 38, Issue 8, Pages 4152-4162.

Papathanasopoulou, E. (2009). Greece’s fossil fuel use in 2006: a production, consumption and supply-chain analysis. In: R. Bleischwitz, P. Welfens and Z. Zhang (eds.): Sustainable Growth and Resource Productivity, UK, Greenleaf Publishing Limited, Pages 211-223.

Papathanasopoulou, E. and T. Jackson (2009). Measuring Fossil Resource Inequality – a longitudinal case study for the UK: 1968 – 2000. Ecological Economics, Volume 68, Issue 4, Pages 1213-1225.

Jackson, T. and E. Papathanasopoulou (2008).  Luxury or ‘lock-in’?  An exploration of unsustainable consumption in the UK: 1968 to 2000. Ecological Economics, Volume 68, Issues 1-2, Pages 80-95.

Uzzell, D., Muckle, R., Jackson, T., Ogden, J., Barnett, J., Gatersleben, B., Hegarty, P. and Papathanasopoulou, E. (2006). Choice Matters - Alternative Approaches to Encourage Sustainable Consumption and Production.  Report to the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK.

Sinclair, P., E. Papathanasopoulou, W. Mellor & T. Jackson (2005). Towards an Integrated Regional Materials Flow Accounting Model. Journal of Industrial Ecology, Vol 9, No. 1, p69-84.