Research Laboratory on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability (ReSEES) does policy relevant interdisciplinary research on environmental, natural resources and energy issues. The overarching goal of the team’s theoretical and empirical research is the theoretical and empirical research that supports the understanding and application of Sustainable Development.

ReSEES has an impressive track record in attracting research funding from European Commission, International Organizations and Foundations. Research tools used by ReSEES include, among others, financial analysis, socio-economic and econometric analysis, environmental valuation, political and institutional analysis, integrated environmental-economic modeling, life cycle analysis, risk analysis, geographical information systems, game theory, information technology decision making tools development and systems innovation approach.

ReSEES was founded and is being directed by Phoebe Koundouri, Professor at the School of Economics of the Athens University of Economics and Business since 2016 which is the outcome of the evolution of the Research Team on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability. She is a world-renowned environmental economics professor and global leader in sustainable development and widely recognized as a pioneer in innovative, human-centric, interdisciplinary systems for the sustainable interaction between nature, society, and the economy. She is listed in the most-cited women economists in the world, with 15 published books and more than 465 published peer reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, research and policy reports.

ReSEES has been an umbrella for the Research Projects, Publications and Scientific, Policy and Social Impact, produced by an interdisciplinary and international research team led by Prof. Phoebe Koundouri over the last 20 years.

ReSEES funding is affiliated with the institutions with which Prof. Phoebe Koundouri had a long-run affiliation, mainly: University of Cambridge, UK; University College London, UK; University of Cyprus, CYPRUS; Athens University of Economics and Business, GREECE; Toulouse School of Economics, FRANCE; London School of Economics, UK; The World Bank, USA; Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, FRANCE; and consultancy projects with governments all over the world].

ReSEES  is part of the Alliance of Excellence for Research and Innovation on Aeiphoria (AE4RIA), an initiative for collaboration between research institutions, innovation accelerators and science-technology-policy interface networks, focused on sustainable development, which are founded, directed or chaired  by Prof. Phoebe Koundouri. AE4RIA includes four research and innovation institutions: ReSEES Laboratory (directed by Prof. Koundouri) and the Stochastic Modeling and Applications Laboratory (directed by Prof. Yannacopoulos) at Athens University of Economics and BusinessSustainable Development Unit (SD.U) at ATHENA Research Center, International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8),  three Innovation Acceleration Hubs: EIT Climate KIC Hub Greece , Maritime ClimAccelerator and BRIGAID Connect Association. AE4RIA also supports the following associations and science-policy networks: UN SDSNSDSN EuropeSDSN GreeceEAEREWater Europe and NEXUS Cluster. 

ReSEES in numbers (1996-today)

  • Approximate total research funding attracted: 20 million euro
  • Approximate number of collaborating Universities and Research Institutions: 150
  • Approximate number of collaborating/employed Researchers: 500
  • Approximate number of published peer-reviewed research papers and books: 250
  • Geographical distribution of research funding and research implementation: mainly Europe and the US, but also a significant number in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia.
  • ReSEES output has influenced policy and attracted mass media coverage all over the world

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