Konstantinos Karanasios

Name Konstantinos Karanasios
SchoolSchool of Engineering and Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology (Honours) - Architecture - Project and Facility Management
  • Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)
Academic and Professional Designations
  • PhD in Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo.
  • Master's degree in Applied Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo.
  • Business Administration graduate degree, NTU Athens.
  • Master's degree in Industrial Engineering, RWTH Aachen.
  • BSc. and MSc. in Mechanical Engineering, NTU Athens.
Courses Taught
  • ARCH72010 - Building Science
  • DSGN71010 - HVAC & Fire Protection
  • DSGN72110 - Studio III
  • ECON8050 - Construction Economics and Financial Management
  • FIN72050 - Business Economics
Areas of Expertise & Interest
  • Building energy efficiency and building systems
  • Integrated design
  • Energy transitions
Industry Experience, Professional Currency Activities
  • Research Associate, for various University of Waterloo and NRCan projects
  • 25 years industry experience in consulting, manufacturing, and construction and project management
Major Research Projects, Scholarly Activities, and/or Publications

Conference presentations:

  • Parker, P., & Karanasios, K. (2016). The social context of microgrids in remote Canadian First Nation communities. Presentation for the design and implementation of an experimental prototype for Mapuche communities projects, Chile. February 2016.
  • Diabo, M., Karanasios, K., Arriaga, M., & Fyfe, D. (2014). Renewable Energy: Current Energy Status in Kasabonika Lake First Nation, Technologies, Challenges and Project Development. Northern Ontario First Nations Environment Conference, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. September 2014.

Recent publications:

  • Karanasios, K., & Parker , P. (2018). Explaining the diffusion of renewable electricity technologies in Canadian remote indigenous communities through the technological innovation system approach. Sustainability, 10, 3871.
  • Karanasios, K., & Parker, P. (2018). Technical solution or wicked problem? Diverse perspectives on Indigenous community renewable electricity in northern Ontario. Journal of enterprising communities. People and places in the global economy, Vol. 12(3), 322-345.
  • Karanasios, K., & Parker, P. (2018). Tracking the transition to renewable electricity in remote indigenous communities in Canada. Energy Policy, Vol. 118, 169-181. 

Research positions:

  • Researcher at the University of Waterloo and journal Peer Reviewer (Energy Research and Social Change, Utilities, Sustainability).
Additional Information

My research interests include building energy efficiency, residential retrofits, and energy transitions. I enjoy teaching and interacting with students. I aim to prepare students for real-life applications within complex environments. I believe that effective teaching should contribute to the development of critical thinking and lifelong learning skills, as well as the ability to communicate to others what one has learned. In my opinion, these skills can be developed by establishing a strong knowledge base, encouraging students to develop problem-solving skills, and motivating students to engage in self-directed learning.