Understanding the lived experience of energy poverty across nations


Contact Dr Lucie Middlemiss to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

Energy or fuel poverty is a topic of increasing interest for European Union nations and beyond. It is also increasingly recognised that the way people experience this problem (their ‘lived experience’) varies greatly both between and within nations (Middlemiss and Gillard, 2015). This results in people experiencing very different forms of vulnerability to energy access and energy affordability.

In collaboration with an existing project, which looks at changes in lived experience of energy poverty over time, this PhD project will capture and analyse qualitative experiences across two developed nations, helping to build a theory around vulnerability to energy poverty. The study will necessarily comprise a detailed understanding of the policy and practice context around this issue in two nations (to be determined in consultation with the candidate). It will also require a combination of primary and secondary qualitative analysis to understand the nature of the lived experience in those nations.

The applicant should have a social science background, and an interest in poverty, energy and sustainability. Language skills would be an advantage, as well as an interest in international comparative research.

The applicant should submit with their online study application a draft of the research proposal which would then be developed with the supervisor.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in the relevant subject area.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the ‘Understanding the lived experience of energy poverty across nations' as well as Dr Lucie Middlemiss as your proposed supervisor.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office e: apply-phd@see.leeds.ac.uk, t: +44 (0)113 343 1634.