Climate change impacts on cultural heritage: Facing the challenge

Koundouri Phoebe

Professor Dr. Phoebe Koundouri holds a PhD (2000), MSc (1996) and MPhil (1995) in Economics from the University of Cambridge (UK). She is Professor in Economics and Econometrics (with special emphasis on Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment) at the School of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece). She is also Founder and Scientific Director of the Research Laboratory: ReSEES: Research on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability ( at the same University. She is the Founder and Scientific Chair of the International Center for Research on the Economy and the Environment (ICRE8, She is an affiliated Professor at the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center, Greece, where she directs Climate KIC Greece ( and Professor Phoebe Koundouri is also the co-chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Network – Greece ( and the Vice-Chair of the scientific advisory board of the European Forest Institute ( .

She has published 15 edited books and monographs, and more than 200 scientific papers published in peried reviewed journals and edited volumes. She is a highly cited academic author ranked in the top 1% of all female economists in the world. She is co-editor of the official journal of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, associate editor and editorial board member in 30 academic journals. She was elected Council Member (2012-2015) and Vice President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (2014-2015).

In the past she held fixed-term and tenure track academic positions at the University of Cambridge (UK), University College London (UK), University of Reading (UK), a visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London School of Economics (UK), as well as  many visiting positions worldwide. She is an advisor to the European Commission, World Bank, EIB, EBRD, OECD, UN, NATO, WHO, numerous national and international foundations and organizations, as well as national governments. Since 1996, she has coordinated hundreds of research projects on natural resources management issues, while together with her team have attracted significant competitive research funding. She has organized numerous prestigious international conferences (including the annual conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in 2017, with more than 1000 participants) and supervised many PhD students.

Central to Koundouri’s research is the concept of the ‘total economic value of public goods’ and in particular the value humans derive from natural resources and their ecosystem services. Her main research goal is to refine the theoretical models and empirical methods used in the field of natural resource, ecological & agricultural economics, towards: (a) better understanding of the concept and determinants of the total economic value of ecosystem goods and services, (b) more accurate modelling of this value, (c) more robust estimation of this value, (d) more efficient integration of this value in interdisciplinary resource management and policy-making. Phoebe Koundouri has published papers in the following fields of research: Economics and and Econometrics1, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geosciences, Multidisciplinary.

Professor Koundouri and the large interdisciplinary team of researchers she directs, has produced research and policy results that have shaped European and International policies with regards to integrated and holistic management of the interaction βετςςεν nature and people. Over the last two decades, Phoebe Koundouri has given keynote and public lecturers all over the world, and received scholarships and prizes for academic excellence from various academic institutions and associations.

Phoebe Koundouri was born in Cyprus in 1974. She is married to Prof. Nikitas Pittis. They have three daughters, Chrysilia, Billie and Athena, and live (mainly) in Ecali (Kifisia), Athens, Greece.