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Christos Zoumides

Christos Zoumides

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Christos Zoumides is a Research Scientist at the Water Department of the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC). He has been working at the Cyprus Institute since May 2014.

Christos holds a PhD in Environmental Management from the Cyprus University of Technology (2014), an MSc (with Distinction) in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh (2008), and a BSc in Economics and Environmental Science from the University of Stirling (2007). Following his academic studies, he has been working in multiple European (RECARE, BEWATER, BINGO, PRIMA-REACT4MED, SELINA) and National research projects (AGWATER, INNOMED, 3PRO-TROODOS). He also actively participates in past and ongoing COST actions (EURO-AGRIWAT, SMILES).

His research interests focus on bridging the gap between scientific knowledge and societal needs, aiming to advance the understanding of environmental and socio-economic dynamics in semi-arid environments. His work revolves around operationalizing the concept of ecosystem services, alongside the analysis and mapping of costs, benefits and trade-offs of water and land management practices, and climate change adaptation options.


Research Interests

Water management; stakeholder participation; economics of water; rural policy; socio-economic impacts of climate change; water footprint and virtual water trade; sustainability indicators.



Savvides, A.M., Stavridou, C., Ioannidou, S., Zoumides, C. and Stylianou, A. (2023). An Ethnobotanical Investigation into the Traditional Uses of Mediterranean Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: The Case of Troodos Mountains in Cyprus. Plants, 12(5), p.1119. DOI:
Zoumides, C., Bruggeman, A., Giannakis, E., and Kyriakou, N. (2022). A future for mountain terraces: experiences from Mediterranean wineries, Mountain Research and Development, 42(3):R35-R49. DOI:
Haro, D., Palazón, L., Zoumides, C., Beguería, S. (2022). Optimal implementation of climate change adaptation measures to ensure long-term sustainability on large irrigation systems. Water Resources Management. DOI:
Siakou, M., Bruggeman, A., Eliades, M., Zoumides, C., Djuma, H., Kyriacou, M. C., Emmanouilidou, M.G., Spyros, A., Manolopoulou, E., and Moriana, A. (2021). Effects of deficit irrigation on ‘Koroneiki’ olive tree growth, physiology and olive oil quality at different harvest dates. Agricultural Water Management, 258, 107200. DOI:
Djuma, H., Bruggeman, A., Zissimos, A., Christoforou, I., Eliades, M. and Zoumides, C. (2020). The effect of agricultural abandonment and mountain terrace degradation on soil organic carbon in a Mediterranean landscape. Catena, 195, p.104741. DOI:
Okpara, U.T., Fleskens, L., Stringer, L.C., Hessel, R., […] and Zoumides, C. (2020). Helping stakeholders select and apply appraisal tools to mitigate soil threats: Researchers’ experiences from across Europe. Journal of Environmental Management, 257, p.110005. DOI:
Grammatikopoulou, I., Sylla, M., & Zoumides, C. (2020). Economic evaluation of green water in cereal crop production: A production function approach. Water Resources and Economics, 29, p.100148. DOI:
Schwilch, G., Lemann, T., & Siebielec, G., […] Zoumides, C., & Hessel, R. (2018). Assessing impacts of soil management measures on Ecosystem Services. Sustainability, 10(12), 4416. DOI: 10.3390/su10124416
Camera, C., Djuma, H., Bruggeman, A., Zoumides, C., […] & Faka, M. (2018). Quantifying the effectiveness of mountain terraces on soil erosion protection with sediment traps and dry-stone wall laser scans. Catena, 171, 251-264. DOI: 10.1016/j.catena.2018.07.017
Charalambous, K., Bruggeman, A., Giannakis, E., & Zoumides, C. (2018). Improving Public Participation Processes for the Floods Directive and Flood Awareness: Evidence from Cyprus. Water, 10(7), 958. DOI: 10.3390/w10070958
Azarkina, G. N., Zoumides, C., & Hadjiconstantis, M. (2018). First description of the female of Aelurillus cypriotus Azarkina 2006 (Araneae: Salticidae). Acta Arachnologica, 67(1), 49-54. DOI: 10.2476/asjaa.67.49
Bergsma, E., Van Alphen, H., Bruggeman, A., Giannakis, E., […] Zoumides, C. (2018). Strengths and Weaknesses for Climate Change: Adaptation in Water Governance: A Comparison Across Six European Regions. In Achievements and Challenges of Integrated River Basin Management. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.74401
Verkerk, P.J., Sánchez, A. […] Zoumides, C. (2017). A Participatory Approach for Adapting River Basins to Climate Change. Water, 9(12), 958. DOI: 10.3390/w9120958
Gobin, A., Kersebaum, K.C. […] Zoumides, C. (2017). Variability in the water footprint of arable crop production across European regions. Water, 9(2), 93. DOI: 10.3390/w9020093
Zoumides, C., Bruggeman, A., Giannakis, E., Camera, C., Djuma, H., Eliades, M. and Charalambous, K. (2017). Community-Based Rehabilitation of Mountain Terraces in Cyprus. Land Degradation & Development, 28(1), pp. 95-105. DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2586
Djuma, H., Bruggeman, A., Camera, C. and Zoumides, C. (2017). Combining qualitative and quantitative methods for soil erosion assessments: an application in a sloping Mediterranean watershed, Cyprus. Land Degradation & Development, 28(1), pp.243-254. DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2571
Giannakis, E., Bruggeman, A., Poulou, D., Zoumides, C. and Eliades, M. (2016). Linear Parks along Urban Rivers: Perceptions of Thermal Comfort and Climate Change Adaptation in Cyprus. Sustainability, 8(10), p.1023. DOI: 10.3390/su8101023
Hadjikakou, M., Miller, G., Chenoweth, J., Druckman, A. and Zoumides, C. (2015). A comprehensive framework for comparing water use intensity across different tourist types. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Vol. 23 (10), 1445-1467. doi:10.1080/09669582.2015.1044753
Chenoweth, J., Hadjikakou, M. and Zoumides, C. (2014). Quantifying the human impact on water resources: a critical review of the water footprint concept. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18(6), 2325-2342. DOI: 10.5194/hess-18-2325-2014
Zoumides, C., Bruggeman, A., Hadjikakou, M. and Zachariadis, T. (2014). Policy-relevant indicators for semi-arid nations: The water footprint of crop production and supply utilization of Cyprus. Ecological Indicators 43, 205-214. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.02.012
Zoumides, C., Bruggeman, A., Zachariadis, T. and Pashiardis, S. (2013). Quantifying the poorly known role of groundwater in agriculture: the case of Cyprus. Water Resources Management 27, 2501-2514. DOI: 10.1007/s11269-013-0299-y

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