Alexios Monopolis, Adjunct Faculty

Alexios Monopolis, PhD serves as the Associate Director of the Global Environmental Change & Sustainability Program at Johns Hopkins University.

Academically, he completed a Senior Fellowship in Environmental Diplomacy and Documentary Photography at Dartmouth College, a Fulbright Grant in Environmental Science & Policy in Mediterranean Europe, a MSc in Biodiversity Conservation & Management at Oxford University, an MFA and an MA at the University of California in Photography & Filmmaking and Global & International Studies, respectively, an MTS at Harvard University in Environmental Philosophy & Positive Psychology (a.k.a. “the science of happiness”), and a PhD in Environmental Science & Management; concentrating on the psychological dimensions of sustainable lifestyles.

Professionally, he has worked for the White House (Council on Environmental Quality), the National Geographic Society, in the Balkans as the International Political Advisor for the organization charged with the development of the only trans-frontier conservation area (or “international peace park”) in the region, as a Search & Rescue professional (taking part in emergency medical operations around the globe ranging from Ground Zero in NYC to Sri Lanka, post-tsunami), as a photojournalist (focusing on environmental and social justice issues), and as a wilderness guide. Alexios has also served as Harvard University’s fitness coach, running the university’s “Harvard On The Move” program, as the Director of Fitness & Wellness at the Meadowbrook Aquatic & Fitness Center, as a strength and conditioning coach for Olympic swimmers, and as a sponsored endurance athlete for Under Armour.

Alexios teaches a variety of interdisciplinary courses including: Introduction to Sustainability, Environmental Ethics, Climate Change Adaptation in the Developing World, Interdisciplinary Research Practice in Sustainability & Health, Sustainable Food Systems, Environmental Photojournalism & Filmmaking, Designing Sustainable Wellness, and Nature, Baltimore and a Sense of Place.

Alexios’ research focuses on the philosophical, psychological and behavioral aspects of human-environmental relations. Specifically, he examines the relationship between sustainable lifestyles/ecologically responsible behaviors and health (in particular, mental health and subjective well-being, or happiness). The positive correlation between these lifestyles/behaviors and happiness is then used to develop a new, mental health-based frame through which sustainability can be effectively promoted by demonstrating that these individual choices can lead to a happier, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle beneficial to oneself, society, and the planet. This, in turn, may help facilitate a broad paradigm shift from a society of conspicuous consumption and unconstrained growth towards a society of simplicity, sufficiency and enoughness.

Alexios spends his free time playing outside. His e-mail is alexios@jhu.edu.

Alexios Monopolis, Adjunct Faculty