Alexandros Gasparatos

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Alexandros Gasparatos
The University of Tokyo

Research Areas



Mar 2006
Jul 2009
PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Dundee
Sep 2004
Sep 2005
MSc, Environmental Science, Imperial College London
Sep 1999
Jul 2004
BSc, Chemistry, University of Patras

Awards & Honors

Hutchison Medal, Institution of Chemical Engineers
Green Talent Award, German Ministry for Education and Research


Abubakari Ahmed, Zaid Abubakari, Alexandros Gasparatos
Geoforum   105 191-205   Oct 2019
© 2019 Elsevier Ltd This paper uses an actor-oriented political ecology approach, and procedural and distributional lenses to explore whether large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) exhibit the characteristics of land grabs. We apply these perspecti...
Denise P.Lozano Lazo, Alexandros Gasparatos
Sustainability (Switzerland)   11    Sep 2019
© 2019 by the authors. Municipal solid waste management (MWSM) systems have been evolving across most of the developing world. However, despite decades of refinement, they are still underperforming in many cities, leading to negative sustainabilit...
Rodolfo Dam Lam, Alexandros Gasparatos, Shamik Chakraborty, Horacio Rivera, Taira Stanley
Ecosystem Services   37    Jun 2019
© 2019 Elsevier B.V. This systematic review explores patterns in the peer-reviewed literature related to the integration of multiple values in coastal/marine SES in indigenous settings. We extract metadata from 109 papers across five domains: 1) g...
Shamik Chakraborty, Alexandros Gasparatos
Ecosystem Services   37    Jun 2019
© 2019 Elsevier B.V. This paper combines primary and secondary data to highlight the history of resource use and ongoing change in a coastal social-ecological system (SES) in Japan. We focus on Himeshima island, whose local community both depends ...
Abubakari Ahmed, Eric Dompreh, Alexandros Gasparatos
PLoS ONE   14    Apr 2019
© 2019 Ahmed et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are c...
Graham Paul von Maltitz, Giles Henley, Mike Ogg, Paul C. Samboko, Alexandros Gasparatos, Matt Read, Francois Engelbrecht, Abubakari Ahmed
Development Southern Africa   36 175-197   Mar 2019
© 2018, © 2018 UNU-WIDER. Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Management models are needed that empower local communities to produce biofuel feedstock in a manner that drives rural development. Much can be learnt ...
Abubakari Ahmed, Benjamin Betey Campion, Alexandros Gasparatos
Sustainability Science   14 315-339   Mar 2019
© 2018, Springer Japan KK, part of Springer Nature. Jatropha for biofuel production created high expectations in Ghana for boosting rural development and national energy security. In the mid-to-late 2000s, large areas were allocated across the cou...
Alice Karanja, Alexandros Gasparatos
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews   102 285-306   Mar 2019
© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Kenya is one of the leading countries in the development and commercialization of clean bioenergy stoves in Sub-Sahara Africa. However, due to a series of interconnected factors, the adoption and sustained use of clean bioenerg...
Boubacar Siddighi Balde, Mamady Diawara, Cristiano M. Rossignoli, Alexandros Gasparatos
Agriculture (Switzerland)   9    Feb 2019
© 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. The Guinean government has promoted the large-scale production of industrial crops such as oil palm and rubber through the Guinean Oil Palm and Rubber Company (SOGUIPAH). Smallholder-based ...
Merle Naidoo, Alexandros Gasparatos
Journal of Cleaner Production   203 125-142   Dec 2018
© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Retailers are increasingly required to decrease the internal and external environmental impacts of their operations. To achieve this they progressively adopt different corporate environmental sustainability (CES) actions and st...
Elisabet Lindgren, Francesca Harris, Alan D. Dangour, Alexandros Gasparatos, Michikazu Hiramatsu, Firouzeh Javadi, Brent Loken, Takahiro Murakami, Pauline Scheelbeek, Andy Haines
Sustainability Science   13 1505-1517   Nov 2018
© 2018, The Author(s). Malnutrition in all forms, ranging from undernourishment to obesity and associated diet-related diseases, is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, while food systems often have major environmental impacts. Rapid glob...
Carla Romeu-Dalmau, Alexandros Gasparatos, Graham von Maltitz, Alastair Graham, Jacob Almagro-Garcia, Beccy Wilebore, Katherine J. Willis
Biomass and Bioenergy   114 30-40   Jul 2018
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd Understanding changes in carbon sequestration due to land conversion is key for elucidating the true potential of biofuel landscapes to provide climate regulation ecosystem services. In this study, we focus on the two most prom...
Shakespear Mudombi, Graham Paul Von Maltitz, Alexandros Gasparatos, Carla Romeu-Dalmau, Francis X. Johnson, Charles Jumbe, Caroline Ochieng, Davies Luhanga, Paulo Lopes, Boubacar Siddighi Balde, Katherine J. Willis
Biomass and Bioenergy   114 41-54   Jul 2018
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd There is a long-term concern that the cultivation of biofuel feedstocks could have negative impacts on communities involved in, or adjacent to, such projects. In southern Africa, the acquisition and allocation of large blocks o...
Abubakari Ahmed, Marcin Pawel Jarzebski, Alexandros Gasparatos
Biomass and Bioenergy   114 112-124   Jul 2018
© 2017 Elsevier Ltd The concept of marginal land is often used to justify land availability and inform land allocation for biofuel projects. However, marginal lands can provide other valuable ecosystem services. Using interviews with multiple stak...
Alexandros Gasparatos, Carla Romeu-Dalmau, Graham P. von Maltitz, Francis X. Johnson, Charlie Shackleton, Marcin P. Jarzebski, Charles Jumbe, Caroline Ochieng, Shakespear Mudombi, Anne Nyambane, Katherine J. Willis
Biomass and Bioenergy   114 157-173   Jul 2018
© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Biofuel feedstock production can be a significant driver of landscape modification, ecosystem change and biodiversity loss. There is growing body of literature that shows how biofuel landscapes provide various ecosystem service...
A. Gasparatos, C. Romeu-Dalmau, G. von Maltitz, F. X. Johnson, C. B. Jumbe, P. Stromberg, K. Willis
Biomass and Bioenergy   114 1-7   Jul 2018
Shakespear Mudombi, Anne Nyambane, Graham P. von Maltitz, Alexandros Gasparatos, Francis X. Johnson, Manuel L. Chenene, Boris Attanassov
Energy for Sustainable Development   44 97-108   Jun 2018
© 2018 International Energy Initiative Ethanol has been proposed as a clean cooking fuel to reduce the use of charcoal in urban and peri-urban households in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This could have the twin benefits of reduced impacts on human he...
Abubakari Ahmed, Elias Danyi Kuusaana, Alexandros Gasparatos
Land Use Policy   75 570-582   Jun 2018
© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Ghana experienced a surge in large-scale land acquisitions in the past decade spearheaded by the bioenergy crop jatropha. To accommodate such acquisitions, small and medium-sized land holdings were consolidated to develop large...
Tabitha Atieno Olang, Miguel Esteban, Alexandros Gasparatos
Energy for Sustainable Development   42 1-13   Feb 2018
© 2017 International Energy Initiative The present study aims to contextualize populations without access to modern energy in order to formulate effective policy considerations on modern energy adoption and continuity of usage by target groups. Th...
A. S. Sánchez, M. B. Almeida, E. A. Torres, R. A. Kalid, E. Cohim, A. Gasparatos
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews   81 2744-2758   Jan 2018
© 2017 Elsevier Ltd The Northeast region of Brazil has low levels of human development and a marginal environment subject to chronic water scarcity. This paper assesses the potential impacts of bioenergy production from local varieties of castor o...
Alexandros Gasparatos, Graham P. von Maltitz, Francis X. Johnson, Carla Romeu-Dalmau, Charles B.L. Jumbe, Caroline Ochieng, Shakespear Mudombi, Boubacar Siddighi Balde, Davies Luhanga, Paulo Lopes, Anne Nyambane, Marcin P. Jarzebski, Katherine J. Willis
Scientific Data   5    Jan 2018
© The Author(s) 2018. The two datasets outlined in this paper contain information related to (a) the local impacts of biofuel feedstock production, and (b) the factors that influence the adoption and/or sustained use of ethanol stoves in southern ...
Godfred Seidu Jasaw, Osamu Saito, Alexandros Gasparatos, Kikuko Shoyama, Yaw Agyeman Boafo, Kazuhiko Takeuchi
Ecosystem Services   27 127-138   Oct 2017
© 2017 Elsevier B.V. Traditional production of shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) butter uses large amounts of fuelwood. This study examines the effects of shea production on the environment by identifying the ecosystem service trade-offs due to the high ...
Rodolfo Dam Lam, Yaw Agyeman Boafo, Sileshi Degefa, Alexandros Gasparatos, Osamu Saito
Sustainability Science   12 677-693   Sep 2017
© 2017, Springer Japan KK. The current industrial crop (IC) expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) may have important ramifications for food security. This study proposes a rapid appraisal method that can capture the food security outcomes of IC ex...
Linda Chinangwa, Alexandros Gasparatos, Osamu Saito
Sustainability Science   12 727-746   Sep 2017
© 2017, Springer Japan KK. The tobacco and sugarcane industries play an important role in the national economy of Malawi. Collectively, they account for approximately 79 and 22% of the national foreign exchange earnings and gross domestic product,...
Alexandros Gasparatos, Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Thomas Elmqvist, Kensuke Fukushi, Masafumi Nagao, Frans Swanepoel, Mark Swilling, Douglas Trotter, Harro von Blottnitz
Sustainability Science   12 635-640   Sep 2017
Alexandros Gasparatos, Christopher N.H. Doll, Miguel Esteban, Abubakari Ahmed, Tabitha A. Olang
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews   70 161-184   Apr 2017
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd This literature review identifies the impacts of different renewable energy pathways on ecosystems and biodiversity, and the implications of these impacts for transitioning to a Green Economy. While the higher penetration of re...
Abubakari Ahmed, Benjamin Betey Campion, Alexandros Gasparatos
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews   70 133-149   Apr 2017
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd Biofuel development was mainly promoted in several parts of Africa as an energy security or rural development strategy. Jatropha was the biofuel feedstock that received the most interest across Africa from investors. However, j...
Alexandros Gasparatos, Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Thomas Elmqvist, Kensuke Fukushi, Masafumi Nagao, Frans Swanepoel, Mark Swilling, Douglas Trotter, Harro von Blottnitz
Sustainability Science   11 371-372   May 2016
Graham P. von Maltitz, Alexandros Gasparatos, Christo Fabricius, Abbie Morris, Kathy J. Willis
Ecology and Society   21    Jan 2016
© 2016 by the author(s). Jatropha-based biofuels have undergone a rapid boom-and-bust cycle in southern Africa. Despite strong initial support by governments, donors, and the private sector, there is a lack of empirical studies that compare the en...
Abubakari Ahmed, Alexandros Gasparatos
Sustainability Science: Field Methods and Exercises   199-227   Jan 2016
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016. In the mid-2000s, Ghana experienced a biofuel boom driven by jatropha expansion, but within a few years almost all jatropha projects within the country collapsed. Limited community participatio...
Raquel Moreno-Peñaranda, Alexandros Gasparatos, Per Stromberg, Aki Suwa, Andante Hadi Pandyaswargo, Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira
Sustainable Production and Consumption   4 16-35   Oct 2015
© 2015 The Institution of Chemical Engineers. Meeting the global demand for palm oil poses great sustainability challenges. Indonesia is experiencing one of the largest oil palm expansions worldwide. Important socioeconomic and environmental impac...
Edward A. Byers, Alexandros Gasparatos, André C. Serrenho
Energy   88 849-862   Aug 2015
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Exergy analysis has been used to quantify the historical resource use efficiency and environmental impact of transport systems. However, few exergy studies have explored future transport pathways. This study aims to, (a) devel...
Alexandros Gasparatos, Katherine J. Willis
Biodiversity in the Green Economy   1-414   Jun 2015
© 2015 selection and editorial matter, Alexandros Gasparatos and Katherine J. Willis; individual chapters, the contributors. All rights reserved. In the past decade, the growing realization that biodiversity and human wellbeing are inextricably li...
Alexandros Gasparatos, Casey Stevens
Biodiversity in the Green Economy   1-16   Jun 2015
Alexandros Gasparatos, Christopher N.H. Doll
Biodiversity in the Green Economy   61-93   Jun 2015
Alexandros Gasparatos, Katherine J. Willis
Biodiversity in the Green Economy   383-401   Jun 2015
A. Gasparatos, G. P. Von Maltitz, F. X. Johnson, L. Lee, M. Mathai, J. A. Puppim De Oliveira, K. J. Willis
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews   45 879-901   Jan 2015
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. There has been a growing interest in jatropha- and sugarcane-based biofuels across Sub-Sahara Africa. Biofuel expansion in the region reflects policy concerns related to energy security, poverty alleviatio...
Graham von Maltitz, Alexandros Gasparatos, Christo Fabricius
Sustainability (Switzerland)   6 3615-3643   Jan 2014
Jatropha is the latest in a list of "miracle crops" that have been promoted in southern Africa for their perceived development benefits. This was based on promises of high yields, low water requirement, ability to grow on marginal land and lack of...
Alexandros Gasparatos, Lisa Lee, Graham P. Von Maltitz, Manu V. Mathai, Jose A.Puppim De Oliveira, Francis X. Johnson, Katherine J. Willis
Environmental Policy and Law   43 216-221   Nov 2013
Alexandros Gasparatos, Per Stromberg, Kazuhiko Takeuchi
Animal Frontiers   3 12-26   Apr 2013
© Gasparatos, Stromberg, and Takeuchi. • First-generation biofuels can have several environmental and socioeconomic impacts. • Major impacts include greenhouse gas emissions, atmospheric pollution, water overconsumption and pollution, deforestatio...
Miguel Esteban, Per Stromberg, Alexandros Gasparatos, Dexter Thompson-Pomeroy
Climate Research   56 51-60   Mar 2013
It is currently feared that the increase in surface sea temperature resulting from increasing levels of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere could result in higher tropical cyclone intensity in the future. Although the economic consequences h...
A. Gasparatos, M. Lehtonen, P. Stromberg
Biomass and Bioenergy   50 75-80   Mar 2013
In the past decade a significant evidence base has been built about biofuels' environmental and socioeconomic impacts. What is still missing is a discussion about whether it is desirable, or even feasible, to synthesize this evidence in a clear, c...
A. Gasparatos, A. Scolobig
Ecological Economics   80 1-7   Aug 2012
Alexandros Gasparatos, Matteo Borzoni, Ricardo Abramovay
Socioeconomic and Environmental Impacts of Biofuels: Evidence from Developing Nations   111-143   Jan 2012
© Cambridge University Press 2012. This chapter introduces the origins, evolution, and impacts of the Brazilian bioethanol and biodiesel programs. The economic, environmental, and social impacts of both programs are critically discussed alongside ...
Alexandros Gasparatos, Per Stromberg
Socioeconomic and Environmental Impacts of Biofuels: Evidence from Developing Nations   309-324   Jan 2012
© Cambridge University Press 2012. Main Observations.This edited volume provided a systematic study of the drivers, impacts, and trade-offs of different biofuel production (and use) practices in different developing nations. The evidence provided ...
Alexandros Gasparatos, Per Stromberg
Socioeconomic and Environmental Impacts of Biofuels: Evidence from Developing Nations   1-391   Jan 2012
© Cambridge University Press 2012. Biofuels are currently in the middle of a heated academic and public policy debate. Biofuel production has increased fivefold in the past decade and is expected to further double by 2020. Most of this expansion w...
Per M. Stromberg, Miguel Esteban, Alexandros Gasparatos
Environmental Science and Policy   14 1079-1090   Dec 2011
Biofuel production has increased dramatically over the past decade, among other to mitigate climate change. However, climate change vulnerability may currently not be sufficiently accounted for in national biofuel strategies, hence neglecting a po...
Alexandros Gasparatos, Per Stromberg, Kazuhiko Takeuchi
Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment   142 111-128   Aug 2011
First generation biofuels provide a number of ecosystem services (e.g., fuel, climate regulation) but they also compromise other ecosystem services (e.g., food, freshwater services) which are of paramount value to human wellbeing. However, this kn...
J. A. Puppim de Oliveira, O. Balaban, C. N.H. Doll, R. Moreno-Peñaranda, A. Gasparatos, D. Iossifova, A. Suwa
Biological Conservation   144 1302-1313   May 2011
City governments are fundamental to implement international environmental agreements, such as the convention on biological diversity (CBD). Even though many of them are not directly involved in the negotiation of international agreements, which ar...
Alexandros Gasparatos
Energy Policy   39 1101-1112   Mar 2011
Energy security and food security are two key policy objectives of the Japanese government. However, their study and the policies that have targeted them have been disjointed at best. This paper explores the links between these two policy objectiv...
Alexandros Gasparatos
Journal of Environmental Management   91 1613-1622   Aug 2010
This paper explores the implications that arise with the selection of specific sustainability evaluation tools. Sustainability evaluation tools are conceptualized in this paper as value articulating institutions and as such their choice is a far f...
Alexandros Gasparatos, Tatiana Gadda
Energy Policy   37 4038-4048   Oct 2009
This study investigates the resource consumption of Japanese society since 1979 and its subsequent effects on the economic output of the nation and the environment. In order to quantify resource appropriation and trends in production and consumpti...
Tatiana Gadda, Alexandros Gasparatos
Sustainability Science   4 165-177   Oct 2009
Urban consumption of ecosystems services such as food generates environmental impacts at different geographical scales. In the last few decades Tokyoites have shown an increasing appetite for meat. This study examines the environmental implication...
Alexandros Gasparatos, Mohamed El-Haram, Malcolm Horner
Accounting Forum   33 245-256   Sep 2009
Both sustainability and sustainable development continue to remain elusive concepts even now, 20 years after the Brundtland Commission report that brought them into prominence. This situation most likely stems from the fact that sustainability sci...
Alexandros Gasparatos, Mohamed El-Haram, Malcolm Horner
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews   13 956-970   Jun 2009
By building on the first part of our analysis, this second part attempts to provide a further understanding of the UK society's metabolism, its impact and offer policy suggestions that could promote a shift towards sustainability. The methodologie...
Alexandros Gasparatos, Mohamed El-Haram, Malcolm Horner
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews   13 1074-1081   Jun 2009
This paper provides a concise overview of the influence of human activity within the UK society on resource consumption and the subsequent effects on the environment. The concept of the Multi Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal Metabolism (MSIAS...
Alexandros Gasparatos, Mohamed El-Haram, Malcolm Horner
Energy Policy   37 623-632   Feb 2009
This paper presents an overview of the resource consumption and environmental impact of the United Kingdom's transport system for the period between 1970 and 2010. For the purpose of this analysis the concept of exergy has been employed both to qu...
Alexandros Gasparatos, Mohamed El-Haram, Malcolm Horner
Environmental Impact Assessment Review   28 286-311   May 2008
The increasing prominence of Sustainable Development as a policy objective has initiated a debate on appropriate frameworks and tools that will both provide guidance for a shift towards sustainability as well as a measure, preferably quantitative,...