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I have been with Norwich Business School since 2010 and my current role is Professor of Sustainable Energy Business. I am also the Associate Dean for Innovation for the Faculty of Social Sciences and I Chair the UEA-wide interdisciplinary theme ClimateUEA. I have previously held roles as Associate and Assistant Professor in Business and Climate Change. 

My research focuses on energy sector innovation including smart grid and storage applications and the role of energy in the sustainability performance of corporate organisations. My projects have so far received funding of approximately 27m euros.

In parallel to NBS, I am visiting Professor at the School of Economics, Management and Statistics at the University of Bologna (IT) have held visiting appointments at the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park (US) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of West Attica (GR). 

Before UEA I completed studies in software engineering, energy engineering, negotiations and environmental policy. Throughout my career I combined academic and industrial engagement. In the industry I gained experience as consultant and project manager in the energy sectors of the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Northern Africa.

I tweet semi-regularly at @KJChalvatzis

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Key Research Interests and Expertise

I am an interdisciplinary researcher focused on energy sector innovation, energy supply security and business sustainability. If you are thinking of studying for a PhD in these areas and you would like to discuss your research ideas please email me.

Currently I supervise two research students:

  • Xian Li (DEV)
  • Alexis Ioannidis (NBS)

I have supervised to a timely completion Dr Amin Vafadarnikjoo, Dr Dimitris Pappas, Dr Jiamin Ou, Dr Alkis Pitelis, Dr Sabine Dauth; Dr Hanif Malekpoor; Dr Dimitris Zafirakis; and Dr Jila Bagherian.

I have reviewed for the Working Group III of IPCC and EU DG Clima. I also review manuscripts regularly for the Annals of Operations Research; Applied Energy; Business Strategy & the Environment; Carbon Management; Climate Policy; Cognitive Systems Research; Energies; Energy; Energy, Ecology and the Environment; Energy Economics; Energy Efficiency; Energy and Environment; Energy Journal; Energy Policy; Energy Strategy Reviews; Environment, Development and Sustainability; Environmental Impact Assessment Review; Environmental Innovation and Societal Change; Environmental Politics; Environmental Science and Technology; European Management Review; Fuel; Global Environmental Change; Global Nest; IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management; Information and Management; International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems; International Journal of Marine Energy; International Journal of Sustainable Energy; Journal of Business Ethics; Journal of Cleaner Production; Journal of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering; Journal of Environmental Management; Journal of Management and Governance; Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services; Mathematical Problems in Engineering; Ocean Engineering; Renewable Energy; Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews; Research in International Business and Finance; Science of the Total Environment; Sustainability; Technological Forecasting and Social Change; Tourism Management; Tourism Management Perspectives; Utilities Policy; and Wind Energy.


My research activities have been generously funded by:

  • 2020: EU INTERREG FCE for CIRCLE project (€5.5m)
  • 2016: SSF Proof of Concept (£16.8k)
  • 2016: EU INTERREG FCE for Intelligent Community Energy (ICE) project (€8m)
  • 2015: Newton Fund (£7k)
  • 2014: EU DG Energy for TILOS project (€15m)
  • 2014: British Council - Researcher Links (£7.5k)
  • 2013: Associate Dean for Enterprise (£5k) 
  • 2013: UEA Teaching Fellowship (£8k)
  • 2007: UEA (PhD studentship ~ £50k)
  • 2004: Greek Department for Education (€10k) 

Professional Activities

I have long project management experience in energy infrastructure projects. In tandem to that I have been actively involved in conflict resolution management in energy projects. Main regions I have been active in include the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Northern Africa.

My industrial engagement covers consulting and industrially funded research with world leading organisations such as OECDFIAMM, SMA, Systems Sunlight, HEDNO, Schleswig-Holstein NetzSAFT, OpenEnergi, AEG, Wipro and Younicos. I also collaborate with and advise civil society organisations such WWF and BananaLink

I enjoy working with the media and over the years I have had several media collaborations (The Sunday Times, Bloomberg, Washington Post, NBC, CNN, BBC, BBC World Service, The Business Times, Chinadialogue, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Mustard TV)


COP21 impact on Eastern Region Businesses (Mustard TV - 23 Dec 15)

Guess who'll pick up VW's bill (The Sunday Times - 27 Sep 15)

Business Matters: VW Scandal Developments (BBC World Service - 26 Sep 15)

How the East is leading the way as green energy revolution reaches a new landmark (ITV News - 25 Sep 15)

VW appoints Porsche boss Mueller as new chief executive (The Guardian - 25 Sep 15)

VW suspends more employees as board names Mueller as CEO (The Telegraph - 25 Sep 15)

Exploring the global impact of El Nino on weather and the Economy (BBC World Service - 26 May 15)

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Fall in Gain for Renewables (Bloomberg Business - 30 Jan 15)

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Drop as Renewables Gain: Carbon & Climate (Washington Post - 30 Jan 15)

UEA climate change experts call for more renewable energy use (BBC World Service - 14 Apr 14)

Expert reaction to IPCC AR5 WG3 

All the global reaction to the latest IPCC climate change report

Small firms need to act faster to ward-off climate change threat

Teaching Interests

I organise and teach the 3rd year undergraduate module Corporate Sustainability and the MBA module Sustainable Management

In addition to that I am involved in the modules International Business, Information Systems for Management and Innovation Management. 

In 2013-2015 I have been the recipient of the UEA teaching fellowship which enabled me to explore with UEA colleagues the introduction of the "Education for Sustainable Development" Principles across the UEA curriculum. I am also SSF rep in the UEA LT group Future Skills.   

In the past I have organised and taught Climate Change Governance and Compliance; Low Carbon Technologies and Solutions; and Change & Energy: Past, Present and Future.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2013

Master in Science, Aegean University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007


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