Post-Doctoral Researcher

                       Industrial and Digital Innovations Research Group,
                Technical University of Crete, 73100 Chania, Crete, Greece

Victor urrent research focuses on the development of life cycle assessment (LCA) tools to assess and compare the sustainability of different smart and reliable low carbon energy system configurations in isolated communities for the “Intelligent Community Energy (ICE)” project and the creation of a regional circular plastics economy in the South West of England for the project “ExeMPlaR”. Victor received a Diploma and a PhD from the department of Production Engineering and Management and MSc from the department of Environmental Engineering of the Technical University of Crete in Greece, in 2002, 2007 and 2004. While finishing his studies he worked as a Consultant and as a Research associate at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems Laboratory and as a part time Lecturer and Teaching assistant at the Hellenic Mediterranean University and the Technical University of Crete respectively. In the UK, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Manchester for the projects SPRIng (Sustainability Assessment of Nuclear Power: An Integrated Approach) and CSEF (Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains). During the period 2011-2015, he worked as a Lecturer of Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering and Senior Lecturer of Environmental Engineering at the University of Cumbria. His research interests include sustainable development, life cycle assessment, fuzzy logic, renewable energy sources, energy economics and sustainability assessment. He reviews for a number of journals such as the Journal of Cleaner Production.


  • 2007: PhD in Production Engineering and Management, Technical University of Crete
    Thesis : “ Sensitivity analysis and optimization of sustainability indicators using fuzzy logic ”
    Scholarship from Heraclitus Programme

  • 2004: MSc in Quality Control and Environmental Management, Technical University of Crete. 
    Thesis : “ Biofuels for household heating. Economic and environmental evaluation ”
    Scholarship from the School of Environmental Engineering

  • 2002: Diploma of Production Engineering and Management, Technical University of Crete.
    Thesis : ?
    Excellence award for
    first year of studies

Teaching Experience

  • Current
    • “ Life Cycle Analysis ”
        Academic years 2019 – Present
        Teaching assistance, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
        University of Exeter

More information about Past Projects can be found here

Research Projects - Grants

  • Active
    • 2020 – present:
               CLIP: Circular and Low Impact Processed Food- Developing a carbon impact assessment tool for processed foods
               UK Research Development and Innovation and European Regional Development Fund
               Role: Senior Research Fellow, University of Exeter
    • 2020 – Present:
      Smart integration of local energy sources and innovative storage for flexible, secure and cost-efficient energy
               supply on industrialized islands (ROBINSON)
               EC, LC-SC3-ES-4-2018-2020, Horizon 2020

               Role:  Post-Doctoral Researcher,
      Technical University of Crete

More information about Past Projects can be found here

Research Interests

  • Life cycle assessment
  • Circular Economy
  • Climate Change
  • Fuzzy logic
  • Renewable energy
  • Water-Energy-Food Nexus



  • Kouloumpis, V. and Yan, X., 2021. ” Sustainable energy planning for remote islands and the waste legacy from renewable energy infrastructure deployment “ Journal of Cleaner Production (accepted for publication)
  • Kouloumpis, V., Kalogerakis, A., Pavlidou, A., Tsinarakis, G., Arampatzis, G., 2020. ” Should photovoltaics stay at home? Comparative life cycle environmental assessment on roof-mounted and ground-mounted photovoltaics “ Sustainability, 12 (21), 9120
  • Kouloumpis, V., Pell, R., Corea-Cano, M. and Yan, X., 2020. ” Potential trade-offs between eliminating plastics and mitigating climate change: An LCA perspective on Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles in Cornwall “ Science of the Total Environment, 727, 138681
  • Kouloumpis, V., Sobolewski, R. and Yan, X., 2020. ” Performance and life cycle assessment of a small-scale vertical axis wind turbine “ Journal of Cleaner Production, 247, 119520

Ιn peer-reviewed scientific journals

  • Kouloumpis, V. and Azapagic A., 2018. ” Integrated life cycle sustainability assessment using fuzzy inference: a novel FELICITA model “ Sustainable Production and Consumption, 15, pp. 25-34
  • Michalena, E., Kouloumpis, V. and Hills, J., 2018. ” Challenges for Pacific Small Island Developing States in achieving their Nationally Determined Contributions “ Energy Policy, 114, pp. 508-518
  • Kouloumpis, V., Stamford, L. and Azapagic A., 2015. ” Decarbonising electricity supply: Is climate change mitigation going to be carried out at the expense of other environmental impacts?” Sustainable Production and Consumption, 1,pp.1-21
  • Tsoutsos, T., Kouloumpis, V., Fotinis, S. and Zafeiris, T., 2010. ” Life Cycle Assessment for Biodiesel under the Greek climate conditions “ Journal of Cleaner Production, 18 (4) pp. 328-335
  • Kouloumpis, V., Kouikoglou, V. and Phillis, Y., 2008. ” Sustainability assessment of nations and related decision making using fuzzy logic “ IEEE Systems Journal, 2(2), pp. 224–236
Ιn peer-reviewed conference proceedings
  • E. Sanyé-Mengual, A. Amadei, S. Corrado, C. Caldeira, V. Kouloumpis, X. Yan and S. Sala. “ Modelling the plastic footprint of EU consumption: knowing the flows and stock as the basis for estimating plastic marine litter emissions ” SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting online, 7 May 2020
  • X. Yan and V. Kouloumpis, “ Life cycle environmental impacts of a novel value-creating method to co-process coal mine and electronic wastes ”, SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting in Helsinki, Finland, 26-30 May 2019
  • D. Smith, V. Kouloumpis, I. Convery, A. Ramsey, “ Can’t see the wood for the trees: Renewable energy landscapes assessment beyond monetary valuations ”, International Society for Ecological Economics Conference, Iceland, 13-15 Aug 2014
  • V. Kouloumpis, A. Kalogerakis, E.Lees, I. Convery, “ Decentralised Renewable Energy: Alleviating Conflicts at the Expense of the Environment? ”, Second European Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (ECSEE2014), Brighton, UK, 03-06 July 2014
  • V. Kouloumpis, “ Small scale hydro power renaissance in the UK: A life cycle assessment of a water wheel ”, International Exergy, Life Cycle Assessment, and Sustainability Workshop & Symposium (ELCAS3), Nisyros, Greece,07-09 July 2013

Book chapters

  • D. Smith, I. Convery, A. Ramsey and V. Kouloumpis, “ Conserving natural heritage; shifting positions of culture and nature ” in Shifting Interpretations of Natural Heritage, International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Boydell & Brewer Inc, USA, 2016
  • V. Kouloumpis, X. Liu and E. Lees, “ Environmental impacts of wind farms. Gone with the wind? “ in Renewable Energy Governance, E. Michalena and J.M. Hills (Editors), Springer, ISBN 978-1-4471-5594-2, 203-216, 2013
  • V. Kouloumpis, ” Monitoring Sustainable Development Using Indicators ” in Signposts to Sustainable Development: National sustainable development strategy, Darinka Radojevic (Editor)-Belgrade: Balkan Community Initiatives Fund: Office of Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration, ISBN 978-86-907353-6-5, p.512-523, 2011
  • Y. A. Phillis, V. S. Kouikoglou, and V. Kouloumpis, ” Sustainability ranking and critical sustainability factors of nations “ in Ecological Economics Research Trends, C. C. Pertsova (Editor), Nova Science Publishers, ISBN 1-60021-941-1, 149–170, 2008

Additional published work can be found here

Work Experience

  • July 2020 – present
       Senior Research Fellow
       University of Exeter
       Project “CLIP: Circular and Low Impact Processed Food- Developing a carbon impact assessment tool for processed foods”
       [UK Research Development and Innovation and European Regional Development Fund]
  •  January 2019 –  June 2020
       Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
       University of Exeter
       Project “EXEMPLAR: Exeter Multidisciplinary Plastics Research Hub”
       [Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council 2019-2020].
  • March 2018 – June 2020
       Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
       University of Exeter
       Project “ICE: Intelligent Community Energy – smart low carbon energy in isolated communities”
       [EU INTERREG 2017-2020].

  • January 2019 – August 2019:
       LCA consulting
       Research Collaboration with Oxford University
       Project “Life Cycle Assessment of Milk in the UK”

  • June 2018 – September 2018
       Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
       University of Exeter
       Project “WEFWEBS: Mapping Water Energy Food (WEF) Nexus at Multiple Scales & Across Sectors”
       [Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council 2015-2018].


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