Konstantinos Chalvatzis


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Areas of Expertise

Research, Impact and Innovation Leadership; Sustainability Corporate Strategy; Energy and Climate Policy; Energy Sector Innovation; Net Zero Strategy; Rapid Decarbonisation pathways. 


I am Academic Director of ClimateUEA at the Vice Chancellor's Office, Associate Dean for Innovation at the Social Sciences Faculty and Professor of Sustainable Energy Business at Norwich Business School.

Through my academic leadership roles I strive to make our research more impactful to external partners and to foster links with funders, industry, policy makers and civil society. I aspire to create a virtuous circle where in-depth relationships with high profile stakeholders help us improve our research outputs, impact and overall research and innovation environment. 

My personal research focuses on energy sector innovation (Net Zero and rapid decarbonisation pathways) and Corporate Sustainability. My research has been generously funded by the EU, UK Government, industry and corporate investors with approximately 27m euros.

I have held or still hold visiting appointments with the ESCP (FR), the School of Economics, Management and Statistics at the University of Bologna (IT) and the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park (US). 

Key Research Interests

I am an interdisciplinary researcher, looking into issues of corporate sustainability, energy and climate policy and energy sector innovation. I also have a strong emerging interest in EDI issues in the Energy Sector. If you are thinking of studying for a PhD in these areas and you would like to discuss your research ideas please email me. 

I have so far supervised 11 students to a timely completion and they have all moved on to the next steps of their academic careers. 

I have provided policy reviews for the Working Group III of IPCC and EU DG Clima. I have also been contracted to review for numerous research funders including within the EU Commission, the Irish Research Council and UKRI. I also provide occassional reviews for over 50 academic journals. 

As Principal Investigator I have been fortunate enough to have my research projects funded with 27m euros so far. Some of the highlights  can seen below:

CIRCLE project (€5.5m; 2020-2023; EU INTERREG FCE) is applying circular economic models for the development of sustainable concrete and cement; arguably one of the most difficult to decarbonise industrial sectors. Our research contributes to advanced business models and in-depth understanding of financing of sustainability innovations. 

Intelligent Community Energy (ICE) project (€8m; 2016-2023; EU INTERREG FCE) explores the role of energy communities in promoting energy innovation and economic development for remote and isolated regions. Our research has advanced state-of-the-art methods for user engagement with technology and analytical tools for low carbon energy policy evaluation. 

TILOS project (€15m; 2014-2019; EU DG Energy) led to the first renewable energy island in the Mediterranean Sea and included the integration of a number of advanced technologies such as batteries and demand side management tools. Our research tested new methods for population engagement with energy infrastructure design and implementation, put forward industry-leading, profitable business models for complex energy technologies and changed to regulatory framework for energy in Greece. 

I also contribute as Co-I to the Aurora Alliance (an EU Funded partnership of European Universities aiming to jointly advance their curriculums sustainability training, societal impact and community engagement). I am also Co-I with the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholars programme on the Critical Decade for Climate Change.

I have also led numerous smaller grants funded by UKRI, The British Council and industry sources. This period I am researching with colleagues angles of EDI in the Energy Sector with joint industry and UEA funding. 

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 industry funded research with world leading organisations such as OECD, Vattenfall UK, FIAMM, 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, ITV, The Telegraph)


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 have organised and taughts modules on various aspects of corporate sustainability and energy policy for UG, PG and executive education programmes.  and the MBA module Sustainable Management

I have also contributed to modules in International Business, Information Systems for Management and Innovation Management with the standard Business School curriculum.  

Finally, I have significant experience of organising and delivering executive education trainings on energy markets, energy regulation, energy and emissions accounting and corporate strategy for net zero. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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

Bachelor of Engineering, Piraeus University of Applied Sciences

… → 2004

Media Expertise

  • Green technology
  • Energy
  • Environmental Politics
  • Climate Change


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