Managing smartly scarce resources
Adapting to harsh environmental conditions
Preventing risk ...
It's a camel's life!

How can industry learn from camels and natural ecosystems to manage resources in a smart and sustainable way?


Urban Camel is an international niche research and strategy agency for the low-carbon economy headquartered in Athens, Greece.

Based on the principles of Industrial Ecology we conduct strategic research to identify innovation opportunities enabling sustainable resource management, decarbonization and improved circularity. We co-create portfolios of innovative solutions focused on systemic change. We work with businesses and participate in EU research & innovation projects with the aim to scale up high impact innovations and contribute to multiple sustainability goals.

Urban Camel acts as a link between technical and business departments translating scientific knowledge into business language, facilitating in this way organisations to adopt approaches that reinforce their sustainable competitiveness, create resilient communities, and lead to the regeneration of natural ecosystems. We work across industries while our area of expertise is in blue growth, the so called water-food-energy nexus, which includes marine-related sectors such as the port and shipping industry, offshore renewable energies (wind, wave, tidal), marine biotechnology, and aquaculture. Other sectors in which we are experienced include remanufacturing, waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), batteries, and sustainable packaging.

We belive in the power of making synergies, exchanging resources, and preserving diversity in order to be resilient. Therefore, we maintain a wide network of international partners and domain experts, fostering in this way cross-sector collaboration. In association with Oakdene Hollins, expert in science-led research and value-driven consulting for the circular economy, we operate and offer services from London offices.

Our vision is to become the agency that paves the way for purpose-driven and resilient business ecosystems that produce and offer products and services in a way that delivers long-lasting value for consumers, stakeholders and the environment.

Our mission is to enable organisations and communities to understand the impact of their key activities and inspire them to adopt approaches and behavioral habits that minimise such impact.


Eliza Panagiotidou

Managing Director

Natalia Sarmanto

Associate Researcher

Associate Partners

Associate Partners

What We Do

System mapping

Improve performance and social impact

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Sustainable value proposition

Drive business transformation

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Strategy intelligence

Increase Resilience

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Circular ecosystems development

Enhance partnerships and synergies

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Contact the camel

  • 13 N.Plastira, 14671 Athens, Greece