Nicholas Vasilakos


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Personal profile


I am an applied economist, and my research interests lie at the intersection of responsible regulation, sustainable development and policy evaluation. Much of my recent work focuses on empirically evaluating: (1) the effects of regulation and regional/national policy frameworks on innovation and market behaviour; (2) the effectiveness of policy intervention on issues relating to climate policies, economic activity and distribution of wealth.  My work has been cited by various government and inter-governmental organisations, including the US Treasury and the OECD. 

I have authored a number of articles in leading economics- and policy-related journals on these subjects. I am the recipient of the 2012 Campbell-Watkins Energy Journal best paper award (shared with Richard Green of Imperial College) awarded by the International Association of Energy Economics.

 I am actively applying for research grants, and over the years, I have had various successful bids (both as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator). My research on climate services and adaptation to climate change is supported by the European Commission (grant number 776868).  

I welcome applications from prospective PhD students with an economics and/or policy background interested in pursuing research in responsible regulation, sustainable development, and policy evaluation. 


Research funding

Recent grants include:

  •  2018-2021 Horizon 2020: SECLI-FIRM, EUR 4.6 million. Co-Investigator. (Award 776868).
  • February-August 2020 "Consumer attitudes towards Sustainable Business Practices",  Principal Investigator. University of Southampton. £3,584 (R210017)

  • September 2019- August 2020 "Defining and managing the green economy in the EU", Co-investigator. £20,589 FAC (R207832)
  • September 2015- August 2016 "The Rise of the green economy in Europe: challenges and opportunities". Principal Investigator. £14,450.82 FEC (R200918)
  • July - December 2015 "Unclaimed assets in the UK". Principal Investigator. £30,000 FAC (U202289)


Before that, I have been part of several successful European and RCUK consortium and smaller bids, including FP7 projects, EPSRC and Royal Economic Society grants (amongst several others). I am applying actively for research funding and welcome opportunities to explore new collaborations (within and outside the UK). 




Teaching Interests

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016 to date). 


I am the module lead for the following modules:

  1. Economics for Business 
  2. The Economic & Business Environment
  3. Economics & Business Forecasting 


I have 20 years of experience in designing, leading and delivering economics and business modules in leading UK universities and abroad. My teaching portfolio includes (among others) the design of modules on  Quantitative Methods for Business, Advanced Microeconometrics, Introductory Econometrics, Microeconomics and Energy Economics.


I have designed and led a number of executive training programmes on regulation, forecasting and business analysis - aimed at policy-makers and management participants who wish to enhance their analytical and technical skills in economic market analysis and data management.


Office hours: Friday 9-11am





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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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