Research & innovation priorities

UWMH works on new disruptive technologies and options able to change the way we think about the water cycle and its link to energy and materials within the regional and urban environment.

Water in the circular economy


To be able to identify and implement opportunities for application of circular economy concepts to water systems and incorporate sustainable water management principles in the circular economy initiatives. In this respect, we design and implement innovative and transformational circular water and wastewater management systems that take under consideration the different elements in the water cycle (water, energy and materials) and maximize their efficient usage and allocation: e.g. Sewer Mining technology, Aquifer Storage and Recovery systems, Subsurface Water Solutions, etc. To improve the overall cycle’s performance and optimize the configuration of the systems we develop whole system modelling tools (e.g.UWOT) to simulate the operation of the configurations and select best-fit technologies. As part of this work, we also activate at an early stage the social component including business and market design, financial engineering, authorities, decision makers, end users and citizens to get them familiar with the CE technologies, approaches and tools, in order to improve public acceptance, increase understanding, transfer, upscale and enable funding opportunities for implementing holistic circular interventions.

  • Liakopoulou A., Makropoulos C., Nikolopoulos D., Monokrousou K., Karakatsanis G., An Urban Water Simulation Model for the Design, Testing and Economic Viability Assessment of Distributed Water Management Systems for a Circular Economy, International Conference 4th EWaS 2020 organised in CORFU 24-27 June 2020, by the UNIVERSITY OF THESSALY Civil Engineering Department (
  • Plevri A., Lytras E., Samios S., Lioumis C., Monokrousou K. and Makropoulos C., Sewer Mining as a basis for technological, business and governance solutions for water in the circular economy: The NextGen Athens demo, International Conference 4th EWaS 2020 organised in CORFU 24-27 June 2020, by the UNIVERSITY OF THESSALY Civil Engineering Department (
  • Plevri A., Samios S., Lytras E., Papadopoulos K., Lioumis C., Lazari A., Tazes N., Monokrousou K., Makropoulos C., Installation of a Sewer Mining Unit in the Athens Urban Tree Nursery, 16th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology Rhodes, Greece, 4-7 September 2019.
  • Perdikaki M., Kallioras A., Monokrousou K., Christoforidis C., Iosifidis D., Bizani E., Zafeiropoulos A., Dimitriadis K., Raat K., van den Berg G. and Makropoulos C. (2018). Integrated Subsurface Water Solutions for Coastal Wetland Restoration through Integrated Pump&Treat and Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR). In Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute Proceedings (Vol. 2, No. 11, p. 665) (
  • PlevriA., MamaisD., NoutsopoulosC., MakropoulosC., AndreadakisA., RippisK., SmetiE., LytrasE., LioumisC. (2017), Promoting on-site urban wastewater reuse through MBR-RO treatment, Desalinationand water treatment, 91, 2-11(
  • MakropoulosC., RozosE., TsoukalasI., PlevriA., KarakatsanisG., KaragiannidisL., MakriE., LioumisC., NoutsopoulosC., MamaisD., RippisC. and LytrasE., (2017). Sewer- Mining: A water reuse option supporting circular economy, public service provision and entrepreneurship, Journal of EnvironmentalManagement (
  • PlevriA., NoutsopoulosC.,MamaisD.,MakropoulosC., AndreadakisA., LytrasE., Priority pollutants removal in an MBR-RO wastewater treatment system. 15th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, 31 August-2 September 2017, Rhodes, Greece (doi: 10.5004/dwt.2018.22857).
  • PlevriA., MamaisD., NoutsopoulosC., MakropoulosC., AndreadakisA., RippisK., SmetiE., Promoting on-site urban wastewater reuse through MBR- RO treatment, 13th IWA Specialized Conference on Small and Wastewater Systems, 13th IWA Specialized Conference on Resources-Oriented Sanitation, Athens, Greece, 14 – 16 September 2016.
  • Roussis D., Karakatsanis G. and Makropoulos C. (2017), A macroeconomic model of water capital conservation, 4th International Conference of Water Economics, Statistics and Finance, Livorno, Italy, 11 – 13 September 2017 (doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.10570.62401).
  • Karakatsanis, Georgios et al. (2017), Energy, variability and weather finance engineering, Energy Procedia 125, p. 389-397 (doi: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.08.073).
  • Karakatsanis G., Mamassis N. and Koutsoyiannis D. (2014), Entropy, recycling and macroeconomics of water resources, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014, Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 16, “The Face of the Earth – Process and Form”, Vienna, Austria, April 27 – May 2 2014 (doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.10174.00328).
  • Karakatsanis, Georgios et al. (2013), Entropy and reliability of water use via a statistical approach of scarcity, FACETS OF UNCERTAINTY, 5th EGU Leonardo Conference – Hydrofractals 2013 – STAHY ’13, EGU, International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), Kos Island, Greece, October 16 – 20, 2013 (doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.24450.68809).

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