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Dr Nikoleta Jones

Dr Nikoleta Jones

Associate Professor

Environmental Policy & Governance

Director of Research & Academic Impact, School for Cross Faculty Studies

 nikoleta dot jones at warwick dot ac dot uk

  R2.13, Ramphal Building, School of Cross-Faculty Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

Curriculum Vitae


Dr Nikoleta Jones is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Global Sustainable Development, University of Warwick. Her research focuses on socio-economic aspects of a broad range of environmental policies including biodiversity conservation, net-zero targets, ecosystem restoration and waste management. She specialises on the use of mixed methods with a particular interest in behavioural predictive models incorporating spatial and temporal dimensions. Dr Jones has published over 60 papers and has been involved in the writing of successful research grants since 2008, which collectively have raised over £2 million in external research funding. The most recent is the project FIDELIO funded by the European Research Council exploring social impacts and public support for biodiversity conservation policies in Europe. Dr Jones is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has undertaken significant teaching responsibilities across different institutions.

After competing her PhD in Greece (2009), on the impact of social capital on environmental policies Dr Jones moved to the UK with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship (FP7, University of Birmingham, 2011-2013). She then worked at the Open University (Lecturer in Human Geography, 2013-2015), Anglia Ruskin University (Senior Lecturer and Reader in Sustainability and Human Geography, 2015-2019) and the University of Cambridge (Principal Research Associate, 2019-2021).

Since 2010 Dr Jones has led or co-led projects that collectively have raised over € 2.3 million. During the period 2009-2011 she was awarded three highly competitive post-doctoral fellowships, including the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellowship (project ESCALATE, University of Birmingham, €200k). During 2012-2015 she co-led the project INSPIRED (University of the Aegean) Incorporating Sustainability in Decision-Making processes), funded by European Social Funds (2012-2015, €600,000 euros). In 2018 she was awarded the very prestigious European Research Council Starting Grant FIDELIO (2019-2024 €1.5 million) through which she supervises the work of an interdisciplinary research team consisting of 7 core members and several research assistants. and visiting scholars.

Jones N., Malesios C., Begley A., McGinlay J., Gkoumas V., 2023. Utilising impact, governance and social indicators to predict support for Protected Areas, Environmental Research Letters, 18, 054011. Available at: 

McGinlay J., Gkoumas V., Malesios C., Begley A., Jones N., 2023. Exploring local public support for Protected Areas: what social factors influence stated and active support among local people? Env Science and Policy, 145, 250-261. Available at: 

Andrianandrasana H., Savage J., Volahy A.T., Long P., Jones, 2022. Participatory Ecological Monitoring (PEM). GAIA journal. 231-233.

Mikolajczak K.M., Jones N., Sandom C.J., Wynne-Jones S., Beardsall A., Burgelman S., Ellam L., Wheeler H.C., 2022. Rewilding—The farmers’ perspective. Perceptions and attitudinal support for rewilding among the English farming community. People and Nature, 4:1435–1449.

Jones N., McGinlay J., Kontoleon A., Maguire-Rajpaul V.A., Dimitrakopoulos P.G., Gkoumas V., Riseth J.A., Sepp K., Vanclay F. 2022. Understanding Public Support for European Protected Areas: A Review of the Literature and Proposing a New Approach for Policy Makers. Land, 11 (5), 733.

Jones N., McGinlay J., Jones A., Malesios C., Holtvoeth J., Dimitrakopoulos P.G., Gkoumas V., Kontoleon A. 2021 COVID-19 and protected areas: Impacts, conflicts and possible management solutions. Conservation Letters, e12800,

Schere C., Schreckenberg K., Dawson T., Jones N. 2021. It’s just conservation: to what extent are maring protected areas in the Irish Sea equitably governed and managed? Frontiers in Marine Science,

McGinlay J., Jones N., Clark J., Maguire-Rajpaul V.A. 2021. Retreating coastline, retreating government? Managing sea level rise in an age of austerity. Ocean and Coastal Management, 204, 105458,

Dimitrakopoulos P.G., Jones N., 2021. Protected Areas in Forest Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities. Forests, 12(4), 488

Nikolaou I., Jones N., Stefanakis A., 2021. Circular economy and sustainability: the past, the present and the future directions. Circular Economy and Sustainability, 1: 1-20

Jones N., Malesios C., Kantartzis A.,Dimitrakopoulos P.G. 2020.The role of location and social impacts of Protected Areas on subjective wellbeing. Environmental Research Letters, 15, 114030

McGinlay J., Gkoumas V., Holtovoeth J…, Jones N., 2020. The impact of COVID-19 on the management of European protected areas and policy implications. Forests 11(11), 1214

Jones N., Graziano M., Dimitrakopoulos P.G. 2020. Social impacts of European Protected areas and policy recommendations. Environmental Science and Policy, 112, 134-140. (IF: 4.767)

Botetzagias I., KevrekidouM., Malesios C., Jones N. 2020. Exercising social control in PAYT (Pay-As- You-Throw) violations: The role of subjective evaluations and social capital. Waste Management, 105, 347-354.

Jones N., Malesios C., Aloupi M. et al. 2019 Exploring the role of local community perceptions in sustainability measurement. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 26, 471-483

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, 32, 1048-1062

Proikaki M, Nikolaou I., Jones N., Malesios C., Dimitrakopoulos PG. 2018. Community perceptions of local enterprises in environmentally degraded areas. Journal of Behavioral 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 Policy and Economics 79, 1-7 (IF: 3.139)

Dr Jones has designed and developed modules for over 10 face-to-face, blended and distance learning courses. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dr Jones contributes to modules at the BASc and MASc in Global Sustainable Development.

I'm currently interested in supervising students interested in human-environment interactions in the context of climate change adaptation policies and biodiversity conservation initiatives such as protected areas, rewilding and restoration.

Director of Research for the School for Cross-Faculty studies

Deputy Director of IGSD