Dr Nikoleta Jones

Reader in Human Geography

Global Sustainability Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Ecosystems and Human Wellbeing

Nikoleta is a Reader at the GSI and her work focuses on the interaction of society with the natural environment. Nikoleta is currently leading the project FIDELIO (Forecasting social impacts of biodiversity conservation policies) funded by the European Research Council (Starting Grant). 

Email: nikoleta.jones@anglia.ac.uk

Research profiles available on ResearchGate and Google Scholar


Nikoleta joined the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University in September 2015. Here she leads the new research theme on Ecosystem Services. Before moving to the GSI she was a Lecturer at the Open University (Department of Geography) and a Marie Curie Research fellow at the University of Birmingham (School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences).

In recent years, Nikoleta has become increasingly interested in assessing social impacts of protected areas, focusing on their temporal and spatial dimension. Nikoleta has also done research on valuation of natural resources and management of organisations. 

She is an expert in analysing social data, mainly with quantitative and mixed methods techniques, and her work has been published in several highly ranked academic journals. 

Research interests

  • Ecosystem services and social impacts of protected areas
  • Public acceptability of environmental policies
  • Economic valuation of natural resources

Areas of research supervision

Nikoleta has successfully supervised to completion one PhD student and 30 postgraduate dissertations. She is currently co-supervising five PhD students. Prospective PhD students who are interested in one of the above research areas are very welcome to get in touch to discuss. Nikoleta also welcomes proposals for postdoctoral Marie Curie research fellowships in the above research fields.

List of PhD supervisions


Dr Marina Proikaki, University of the Aegean, Thesis title: Incorporating  sustainability in decision-making processes) (completed June 2017)

In progress
  • Veronica Torma (2nd supervisor) Anglia Ruskin University
  • Panayiotis Vouros (3rd supervisor), University of the Aegean
  • Anna Samothraki (3rd supervisor), University of the Aegean
  • Stefanos Fotiadis (3rd supervisor), University of the Aegean
  • Dragona Aspasia (3rd supervisor), Democritus University of Thrace


Nikoleta has been teaching in higher education institutions since 2009. She has significant experience in designing and delivering on-line and blended learning modules. At the GSI she was the course co-ordinator for the MSc Sustainability (2015-2018) and has led several modules in the course. She is currently leading the module Research in Sustainability (MOD005400) and acts as a mentor for other colleagues in designing and delivering blended learning modules.


  • PhD (Department of Environment, University of the Aegean)
  • MSc Environmental Policy and Management (Department of Environment, University of the Aegean, Greece)
  • BA Sociology (Department of Sociology, Panteion University, Greece)
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Nikoleta has been involved in the writing and management of successful research grants that since 2009 collectively have raised over €2m in external research funding:

FIDELIO (ERC StG, €1.5, Anglia Ruskin University), INSPIRED (€600k, European Social Fund, University of the Aegean), ESCALATE and ESCALATION (€200k, FP7 and ESRC IAA, University of Birmingham), and SPECIES (€115k, European Social Fund, University of Thessaly and University of Granada).

Selected recent publications

Jones, N., Malesios, C., Ioannidou, E., Kanakari, R., Kazoli, F., Dimitrakopoulos, P. (2018). Understanding perceptions of the social impacts of Protected Areas: Evidence from three NATURA 2000 sites in Greece. Environmental Impact Assessment Review. 73, 80-89.

Temel, A., Jones, A., Jones, N., Balint, L. (2018). Limits of monetization in protecting ecosystem services. Conservation Biology. In Press.

Proikaki, M., Nikolaou, I., Jones N., Malesios, C., Dimitrakopoulos, PG., (2018). Community perceptions of local enterprises in environmentally degraded areas, Journal of  Behavioural and Experimental Economics 73, 116-124 

Jones N., McGinlay J., Dimitrakopoulos PG. 2017. Improving social impact assessment of Protected Areas: A review of the literature and directions for future research. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 64, 1-7

Bhagwat. SA., Humphreys, D., Jones, N. (2017) Forest governance in the Anthropocene: Challenges for theory and practice. Forest Politics and economics 79, 1-7

Skouloudis, A., Jones, N., Roumeliotis, S., Issac, D., Greig, A. and Evangelinos, K., 2016. Industrial pollution, spatial stigma and economic decline: the case of Asopos river basin through the lens of local small business owners. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 60 (9), 1575-1600.

Jones N., Clark J.R.A., Malesios C., 2015. Social capital and willingness to pay for coastal defences in south-east England. Ecological Economics, 119, 74-82

Jones N., Filos I., Fates E., Dimitrakopoulos P.G. 2015. Exploring perceptions on participatory management of NATURA 2000 forest sites in Greece. Forest Policy and Economics, 56, 1-8

Jones N., Clark J.R.A. 2014. Social capital and the public acceptability of climate change adaptation policies: A case study in Romney Marsh, UK. Climatic Change, 123-133-145

Vokou D., Dimitrakopoulos P.G., Jones N., Damialis A., Monokrousos N., Pantis J.D., Mazaris A.D. et al. 2014. Ten years of co-management in Greek protected areas: an evaluation. Biodiversity and Conservation. 23- 2833-2855

Skouloudis A., Jones N., Malesios C., Evangelinos I.K. 2014. Trends and determinants of non-financial disclosure in Greece. Journal of Cleaner Production, 68, 174-188