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Vassilis Gkoumas

Vassilis Gkoumas

Centre Researcher


Vassilis is a PhD student at the Land Economy Department and a PhD resercher at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG). He is researching the economic and social impacts of protected areas on local communities under the supervision of Professor Andreas Kontoleon and Dr Nikoleta Jones. His studentship is funded jointly by the ERC Fidelio project and by Wolfson College.

Vassilis has completed several research projects on environmental taxes. Currently he is part of Professor Ekins’ team at the Energy Institute at UCL assessing the effectiveness of a plastics tax on increasing the demand for recycled material. Previously he worked on evaluating the impacts of the EU ETS on UK industrial operators as part of his Masters dissertation with the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Prior to starting his PhD, he worked in corporate social responsibility projects in the USA, with a focus on funding start-ups based in disadvantaged communities, and in Greece on a project converting abandoned houses into shelters for unaccompanied minors. Following that he worked for two years in the shipping industry.

Vassilis holds a MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment from University College London and a BSc in Environmental Studies from the American College of Greece.

Research Interests

Environmental economics, ecosystem services, environmental taxes, environmental and social impact assessment