Phoebe Koundouri

Phoebe Koundouri

Adjunct Researcher

Professor Dr. Phoebe Koundouri holds a PhD and MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge (UK). She is Professor (Chair) of Sustainable Development (Economics and Econometrics) at the School of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) and she is the elected President of the European Association of Environmental and Natural Resource Economists ( with more than 1200 scientific institutions as members from more than 60 different countries. Prof. Koundouri is listed in the 1% of most-cited women economists in the world, with 15 published books and more than 250 published scientific papers.

Prof. Phoebe Koundouri is also the Founder and Scientific Director of the Research Laboratory: ReSEES: Research on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability ( at the Athens University of Economics and Business and an affiliated Professor at the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center, (Greece) where she directs EIT Climate KIC Hub Greece of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology ( She is also the co-chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Network – Greece (, chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of ICRE8 International Research Center and chair of the scientific advisory board of the European Forest Institute (

In the past, Professor Koundouri has held academic positions at the University of Cambridge, University College London, the University of Reading and the London School of Economics. She acts as 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 in all five continents. Notably, she is currently member of the drafting Priministerial Committee for the 10-year development plan for Greece, as well as in the Climate Change Committee of the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy. Since 1997, she has coordinated more than 65 interdisciplinary research projects and has attracted significant competitive research funding. Professor Koundouri and her large interdisciplinary team have produced research and policy results that have contributed to accelerating the research commercialization for the sustainability transition in Europe, as well as shaping European policies. Over the last two decades, Professor Koundouri has given keynote and public lecturers all over the world and received various prizes for academic excellence.