2011: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace.
2007: Master in Science, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace.
2005: Diploma of Environmental Engineer, Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace.
Water and wastewater treatment processes
Ecological engineering and technology with focus on Constructed Wetlands for municipal and industrial wastewater
Circular Economy and Sustainability
Nature-Based Solutions and green infrastructure for water management in the urban and rural context
Recycling and reuse of treated effluents
Production and application of bio-materials (biochars, compost)
Participation in Research Programs and Projects
Basic Research Financing Action, National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Greece 2.0), «Development of an innovative constructed WETland design: a nature-based solution for CIRCular wastewater management», Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI), 2024-2026.
Horizon Europe (HORIZON), « XTRACT - A Sustainable Ecosystem for the Innovative Resource Recovery and Complex Ore Extraction», HORIZON-CL4-2023-RESILIENCE-01-02, 2024-2027.
Green Fund, Ministry of Environment and Energy, «Management and Utilization of Sewage Sludge in the Circular Economy using Green technologies and methods», Priority Axis 3 (Research and Application), 2023-2025.
PRIMA programme, Horizon 2020, «Resilient Mediterranean with a holistic approach to sustainable agriculture: Addressing challenges of water, soil, energy and biodiversity», 2022-2025.
«Monitoring and optimizing of pilot SunAir Fountain Panels for drinking water production and small crop irrigation in Crete», Funder by Agua De Sol, France, 2023-2024.
Distinctions and Awards
Elected President of the International Ecological Engineering Society
Included in the list of ‘World’s Top 2% Scientists’ of Stanford University (USA) for 2021-2022
European Climate Pact Ambassador, European Commission (2021-current)
National Research Award 2021, The Research Council, Sultanate of Oman
Editor-in-Chief, Springer journal “Circular Economy and Sustainability” and Springer Book Series “Circular Economy and Sustainability” (2021-current)
Mathieu Nsenga Kumwimba, Bo Zhu, Alexandros I. Stefanakis, Fidelis O. Ajibade, Mawuli Dzakpasu, Elisa Soana, Tao Wang, Muhammad Arif, Diana Kavidia Muyembe and Temitope Deborah Agboola, 2023. Advances in ecotechnological methods for diffuse nutrient pollution control: wicked issues in agricultural and urban watersheds. Front. Environ. Sci., 11:1199923, doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2023.1199923
Stefanakis, A.I., 2022. Constructed Wetlands for wastewater treatment in hot and arid climates. Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
Gaballah, M.S., Abdelwahab, O., Barakat, K.M., Stefanakis, A.I., 2022. A pilot system integrating a settling technique and a horizontal subsurface flow constructed wetland for the treatment of polluted lake water. Chemosphere 295, 133844.
Oral, H.V., Radinja, M., Rizzo, A., Kearney, K., Andersen, T.R., Krzeminski, P., Buttiglieri, G., Ayral-Cinar, D., Comas, J., Gajewska, M., Hartl, M., Finger, D.C., Kazak, J.K., Mattila, H., Vieira, P., Piro, P., Palermo, S.A., Turco, M., Pirouz, B., Stefanakis, A.I., Regelsberger, M., Ursino, N., Carvalho, P.N., 2021. Management of Urban Waters with Nature-Based Solutions in Circular Cities - Exemplified through Seven Urban Circularity Challenges. Water 13(23), 3334; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13233334.
Stefanakis, A.I. and Nikolaou, I., 2021. Circular Economy and Sustainability - Management and Policy, Volume I & ΙΙ. Elsevier Publishing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September.
Mozaffari, M.H., Shafiepour, E., Mirbagheri, S.A., Rakhshandehroo, G., Wallace, S., Stefanakis, A.I., 2021. Hydraulic characterization and removal of metals and nutrients in an aerated horizontal subsurface flow “racetrack” wetland treating oil industry effluent. Water Research 200, 117220. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.117220
Al-Wahaibi, B., Jafary, T., Al-Mamun, A., Baawain, M.S., Aghbashio, M., Tabatabaei, M., Stefanakis, A.I., 2021. Operational modifications of a full-scale experimental vertical flow constructed wetland with effluent recirculation to optimize total nitrogen removal. Journal of Cleaner Production 296, 126558, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021. 126558.
Stefanakis, A.I., Calheiros, CSC, Nikolaou, I., 2021. Nature-Based Solutions as a Tool in the New Circular Economic Model for Climate Change Adaptation. Circular Economy and Sustainability 1, 303-318, https://doi.org/10.1007/s43615-021-00022-3.
Stefanakis, A.I., 2020. Constructed Wetlands for Sustainable Wastewater Treatment in Hot and Arid Climates: Opportunities, Challenges and Case Studies in the Middle East. Water 12(6), 1665. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12061665