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PhD, Sustainable Urban Drianage Systems and River Management Options
MSc, Urban Water and Environmental Management
BSc (Hons), Environmental Science
Dr. Stella Apostolaki, is Executive Director of the Center of Excellence in Sustainability at The American College of Greece (ACG), Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Environmental Studies Program, Department of Science and Mathematics, Deree – the American College of Greece. She is teaching a variety of environmentally-focused courses in the respective Program, in the Biomedical Sciences Program and in the Honours Program at Deree – ACG. She has prepared and delivered lectures, seminars and environmental awareness-raising programs addressed to different audiences, including all educational levels and the wider public. She holds a BSc/(Hons) in Environmental Science, an MSc in Urban Water and Environmental Management and a PhD on sustainable urban drainage systems and river management options, obtained from the University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland – U.K, under funding received by the Environment Agency for England & Wales (DEFRA), in collaboration with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), and by HR Wallingford Consultants.
She has a wide research experience, she is expert evaluator of Horizon Call for Proposals for the European Commission, has worked as a researcher in collaboration with Universities and Authorities in Greece and in the U.K., and has participated in numerous EU-funded projects. She collaborates as an external consultant with several entities such as the Green Fund of the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy in the project LIFE-IP AdaptInGR – Boosting the implementation of adaptation policy across Greece, the ATHENA Research Center, the UNSDSN Greece & Climate KIC Greece, the International Center for Research on the Environment and the Economy (Icre8), P.S.G Environmental Geo-Exploration Ltd. She is also an Expert under the Body of Knowledge of EIT Climate KIC & Food, on Water Scarcity in Southern Europe and is the co-author of the White Paper of the initiative
Her main research interests are on integrated water management and innovation, sustainable development, sustainable stormwater management, climate change, conservation of biodiversity, ecosystem restoration, public awareness – stakeholder engagement methods and public education, green urban planning with emphasis on amenity and biodiversity and on the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She has participated as a member of the external scientific advisory committee for the development of the first interactive exhibition on Climate Change in Greece, at the Goulandris Natural History Museum.
Monograph – Apostolaki S. & Jefferies C. (2009) ‘The social dimension of stormwater management practices in urban areas – Application of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) and River Management options,” VDM Verlag Dr. Müller e.K. ISBN 978-3-639-17692-6, Paperback, 224 Seiten
Tsani, S, Apostolaki, S, Koundouri, P. (2021). Policies and socio-economic tools for sustainable water management In Tsani, S., Overland I. (Eds.) The Sustainable Politics and Economics of Natural Resources. Edward Elgar Handbooks in Energy, the Environment and Climate Change, December 2021.
Apostolaki, S., Akinsete, E., Koundouri, P., Samartzis, P., 2020. Freshwater: The Importance of Freshwater for Providing Ecosystem Services. In: Goldstein, M.I., DellaSala, D.A. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the World’s Biomes, vol. 4. Elsevier, pp. 71–79. ISBN: 9780128160961.
Apostolaki S., Akinsete E., Koundouri P., Samartzis P., (2019), Freshwater: The Importance of Freshwater for Providing Ecosystem Services, Chapter in book: Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, Elsevier.
Apostolaki S., Duffy A, (2016) Amenity: Delivering value for society, Chapter in book Sustainable Surface Water Management: A Handbook for SUDS (ed. Charlesworth S.M., Booth C.A.), pp 105-115, John Wiley & Sons L.t.d., U.K.
Refereed Journal Articles
Apostolaki, S., Koundouri, P., Pittis N. Using a systemic approach to address the requirement for Integrated Water Resource Management within the Water Framework Directive, Science of the Total Environment 679 (2019) 70–79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.05.077
Apostolaki, S.; Akinsete, E.; Tsani, S.; Koundouri, P.; Pittis, N.; Levantis, E. (2019) Assessing the Effectiveness of the WFD as a Tool to Address Different Levels of Water Scarcity Based on Two Case Studies of the Mediterranean Region. Water 2019, 11, 840;
Akinsete E., Apostolaki S., Chatzistamoulou N., Koundouri P., Tsani S. (2019) The Link between Ecosystem Services and Human Wellbeing in the Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive: Assessing Four River Basins in Europe, Water Journal 2019, 11, 508;
Kampragou E., Apostolaki S., Manoli E., Assimacopoulos D. (2011) ‘Towards the harmonization of water-related policies for managing drought risks across the EU’, Environmental Science & Policy Journal 14 (2011) 815 – 824
Gerasidi A., Apostolaki S., Manoli E., Assimacopoulos D. and Vlachos E., (2009) ‘Towards the formulation of a new strategy of Water Resource Management for urban areas achieved through participatory processes. Urban Water Journal, Volume 6, Issue 3, 2009
Apostolaki. S. Jefferies. C. & Wild.T. (2006) “The social impacts of stormwater management techniques”, Water Practice & Technology, Volume 1, issue 1, IWA Publishing, August 2006
Refereed Published Proceedings
Papadopoulou P., Marouli C., Misseyanni A., Apostolaki S. (2018) Improving learning environments through use of “smart” learning objects in stem courses. Deree – The American College of Greece (GREECE), Proceedings of EDULEARN 18 Conference 2nd-4th July 2018, Palma, Mallorca, Spain, ISBN: 978-84-09-02709-5
Duffy, A. Apostolaki, S. (2015) ‘Multi-criteria analysis to support rainwater harvesting initiatives in Crete and Croatia’ World Water Congress XV International Water Resource Association (IWRA), Edinburgh, Scotland, 25-29 May 2015
Apostolaki S., Assimacopoulos D., Elbadawy O., Abuzeid K., Batchelor C., and Bury P.J. (2007) “Integrating Visioning, RIDA and DSS activities in Alexandria-Egypt”. Proceedings of the 2nd SWITCH Scientific Meeting. Tel Aviv-Israel, November 2007
Apostolaki S., Jefferies C. & Wild T. (2005) “Social impacts of stormwater management techniques”, Presented at the 10th International Conference on Urban Drainage, Copenhagen/Denmark, 21-26 August 2005, included in the Conference proceedings
Apostolaki S., Jefferies C. & McNeish W. (2004) “Perception and social acceptability of stormwater management practices applied in Glasgow, London, Athens”, CIWEM – Young Authors’ Competition, Tuesday 20 April 2004, Glasgow. 2nd Prize
Apostolaki S., Jefferies C., Smith M. & Chatfield P (2003) “Perception and social acceptability of sustainable urban drainage systems” Presented at the First International Conference on “Sustainable Development and Management of the Subsurface”, Utrecht, Netherlands, 5-7 November 2003
Apostolaki S., Jefferies C., Smith M. & Woods-Ballard B. (2002), “Social acceptability of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems”, Presented at the Fifth Symposium of the International Urban Planning and Environmental Association on Creating Sustainable Urban Environments: Future Forms for City Living, Christ Church, Oxford, Paper included in the Proceedings
Apostolaki S., Jefferies C., Souter N. (2001), “Assessing the public perception of SUDS at two locations in Eastern Scotland”, Presented at the First National Conference on SUDS and included in the Proceedings, Coventry University
4 Chapters in Book: Ed. Papadopoulou P., Marouli C., Misseyanni A., 2019, Environmental Exposures and Human Health Challenges, IGI Publisher, ISBN13: 9781522576358
1. Science of the Total Environment Journal (ISSN: 0048-9697), ELSEVIER
2. Marine Pollution Bulletin (ISSN: 0025-326X)
— Water Journal (ISSN 2073-4441; CODEN: WATEGH)
— Resources Journal (ISSN 2079-9276)
— Sustainability Journal (ISSN 2071-1050; CODEN: SUSTDE)
— Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417)
Instructor in Seminars/Workshops (indicative)
ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS – Life Long Learning Institute (ΚΕΔΙΒΙΜ), Sustainable Education, in the framework of the educational program on Implementing the Sustainable Transition: Agenda 2030, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the European Green Deal, 3- hour lecture, March 22, 2021
EIT – WATER ACADEMY, Plenary session – Framing the Water Scarcity in Greece, in the seminar Finding Sustainable Solutions for Water Scarcity in Southern Europe, 1-hour lecture, October 26, 2020
Educational seminars on the ‘World Oceans’ and ‘Climate Change’ for school children in the age groups 4-7 & 7-12 and for adults as part of Voluntary activities to enhance culture and education in remote isolated islands of Greece. Voluntary Action in affiliation with UNSDSN Greece and CLIMATE KIC Greece and in collaboration with the NGO Axion Hellas and the Goulandris Natural History Museum of Athens, December 2019.
CLIMATHON ATHENS, Organised by CLIMATE KIC Greece, ‘New Urban Planning – Planning for the sustainable city of tomorrow’, October 25, 2019.
World Environment Day 2019, ‘A Workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals’, DEREE – The American College of Greece, June 5, 2019
SMIRES (Science and Management of Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams) Training Course, “Water features and rivers as part of the urban design: Services provided, past and current trends”, 4-6 February 2019
School of Architecture – National Technical University of Athens – Quest Lecturer, “Water in urban design”, 18 October 2018
ANCE Climate Change Workshop, “The Paris Agreement on Climate Change – Consequences of the U.S.A. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement for the international community” 25 June 2017
Municipality of Hersonissos “Energy in the water cycle and Green roof implementation” Educational Activity – Workshop addressed at primary school children of the 1st and 2nd school of Limin Hersonissos (5th and 6th grade), within the framework of the E2STORMED Programme, 20 May 2015
UNSDSN Gr – External Scientific Advisory Committee (Koundouri P., Apostolaki S., Laspidou C.) – Goulandris Natural History Museum, The first interactive exhibition on climate change “Climate change and us,” Permanent Exhibition launched March 2022.
Apostolaki S., Berbel J., Casielles R., Consoli S., Diez Cebollero E., Fatone F., Intrigiolo D.S., Masi F., Schmidt G., Sereno Rosado A., Skunca D., Tsani S., (2021), White Paper – Finding innovative solutions to tackle water scarcity, EIT Water Scarcity Project – EIT Climate KIC, December 2021
Sarakinou G., Apostolaki S. 2021, “Factors affecting the populations of Sea Turtles, Caretta caretta: The Case of Greece,” 17th International Conference on Environmental Science Technology (CEST2021), Athens, Greece, 1-4 September 2021.
Apostolaki S., Elshimi A., Chattopadhay T., Maragou H. 2021, “Promoting education on SDGs via enhanced partnerships and collaborative structured actions at undergraduate level across three institutions located in three continents,” 9th World Sustainability Forum, 13-15 Sep 2021.
Apostolaki S., Elshimi A., Chattopadhay T., Maragou H. 2021, “SDG education via enhanced partnerships and collaborative structured actions across three institutions located in three continents,” AMICAL Conference, 14 July 2021.
ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS – Life Long Learning Institute (ΚΕΔΙΒΙΜ), Sustainable Education, in the framework of the educational program on Implementing the Sustainable Transition: Agenda 2030, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the European Green Deal, 3-hour lecture, March 22, 2021.
EIT – WATER ACADEMY, Plenary session – Framing the Water Scarcity in Greece, in the seminar Finding Sustainable Solutions for Water Scarcity in Southern Europe, 1-hour lecture, October 26, 2020.