Michalis Hadjikakou

Visiting Fellow
Water Research Centre
Contact details:
+61 2 93854151

Vallentine Annexe (H22)
Room 135
Kensington Campus

Senior Research Associate in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Water Research Centre (WRC)

Position description

Michalis is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Water Research Centre (WRC) in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Michalis is a member of the Sustainability Assessment Program (SAP) team, led by Associate Professor Tommy Wiedmann (http://www.wrc.unsw.edu.au/sustainability).

Current research interests

Michalis has a long-standing interest in the quantification of the environmental, economic, and health impacts of food consumption. 

Ongoing projects

As part of his current role, Michalis is working on the following research projects:

  • Our 'foodprint' matters - Australian diets and their environmental, economic and health impacts - Awarded the 2015 W H Gladstones Population and Environment Fund Grant from the Australian Academy of Science.  The proposed study is expected to make a contribution towards the critical aim of achieving healthy and environmentally sustainable food consumption for all Australian citizens using the best available data on food consumption and environmental impacts (carbon emissions, water and land use) associated with the current food consumption patterns of diverse socioeconomic groups.
  • Water demand forecasting as part of the “Integrated Energy, Transport, Waste & Water (ETWW) Demand Forecasting and Scenario Planning for Precincts” funded by the Low Carbon Living Cooperative Research Centre (http://www.lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/).  The project is a large consortium of industry and university partners aiming to combine different forecasting models for energy, carbon and water which explicitly take into account human behaviour.
  • Active member of the Industrial Ecology Lab (http://www.isa.org.usyd.edu.au/ielab/ielab.shtml) team. The project aims to revolutionise environmental accounting, by delivering a series of freely available Input-Output tables of the Australian economy at a very high spatial and sectoral resolution. The project is highly innovative in that it provides researchers and policymakers with the flexibility to select the model setup which best caters to their specific research interests and needs.
  • Triple Bottom Line of Alternative Water Supply Projects This project is sponsored by the WateReuse Research Foundation’s California Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) Initiative and the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence (AWRCE) as part of the Foundation’s Solicited Research Program. Its aim is to develop and demonstrate an assessment method to provide information to decision makers in considering the full economic, social, and environmental impacts of a DPR water supply system versus various other alternative supplies.

CVEN4705 - Environmental Sustainability - Methods, Tools, Management

GSOE9740 - Programming Funamentals for Sustainability

Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant to attend Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology and ISEE 2016 Conference in the USA – $2,000

2015 W H Gladstones Population and Environment Fund Grant ($24k) (individual research award from the Australian Academy of Science, see https://www.science.org.au/wh-gladstones-population-and-environment-fund-0

Water Reuse Research Foundation (WRRF-14-03) - Developing Methodology for Comprehensive Analysis (Triple Bottom Line) of Alternative Water Supply Projects Compared to Direct Potable Reuse ($250k) (principal author of winning proposal) 

Affiliations (society memberships)

International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) & Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics (ANZSEE)

International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE)

Peer review

Has reviewed for the following journals: PLOS ONE, Global Environmental ChangeEcological Economics, Environmental Science & TechnologyJournal of Industrial Ecology, Water ResearchWater Policy, WaterWater SAEnergy and Emission Control Technologies, Journal of Economic Structures, Journal of Sustainable Tourism,Tourism Management, Sustainability.

Publons reviewer profile

Outreach and public engagement

'Trimming the excess: how cutting down on junk food could help save the environment', published on The Conversation, October 5, 2016 (followed by radio interviews on ABC Newcastle NSW, ABC Radio 702 and 2SER).


Originally from Cyprus, Michalis holds a BA in Geography from the University of Cambridge (UK), an MSc in Water Science, Policy & Management from the University of Oxford (UK), and a PhD in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Surrey (UK) from where he graduated in January 2014. Michalis joined UNSW Australia as Postdoctoral Research Associate in February 2014. 

Links to other online profiles


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ResearcherID (F-1820-2014)

ORCID (0000-0002-3667-3982)