Professor Milena Buchs
- Position: Professor of Sustainable Welfare
- Areas of expertise: Sustainable welfare; social-ecological policies; climate justice, just transitions; post-growth economics, wellbeing economy
- Email: M.M.Buchs@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 4292
- Location: 11.114 School of Earth and Environment
- Website: Blusky | LinkedIn | Googlescholar | Researchgate | ORCID
Professor Milena Büchs is an environmental social scientist and specialises on sustainable welfare, social-ecological policy and climate justice. Milena’s research draws on theories and methods from ecological economics, social policy and sociology and focuses on questions such as 1) how can we develop greener and more growth-independent welfare states and social policies; 2) how can the distributional and wellbeing impacts of climate policies be improved; 3) how can we understand and promote transitions towards postgrowth / wellbeing economies?
Milena joined the SRI in September 2016. She is currently a Co-Investigator in the Horizon Europe Project “ToBe“ Towards a sustainable wellbeing economy” and PI of the EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship ShaRe (Fellow: Dr Diana Ivanova) which investigates the role of sharing within and between households for carbon reduction. She was also Co-I on the Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS), examining carbon emission inequalities and fairness implications of climate policies. Milena has previously led and collaborated on five major, interdisciplinary UK Research and Innovation grants (see details below), and has supervised twelve PhD students to completion so far.
Prior to joining the SRI, Milena was lecturing at the University of Southampton in Sociology and Social Policy (2005-16) and in November 2023, she was a guest professor at the University of Vienna.
- Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
Current research projects
Co-I in the Horizon Europe project “ToBe“ Towards a sustainable wellbeing economy”. Our work package conducts wellbeing economy case studies in the global north and the global south to understand drivers and barriers to transformation.
Co-I in the UK Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) (2018-23). In a paper I led for Nature Energy, we demonstrate that targeting high energy use can achieve substantial emission savings, even if fuel poverty is addressed.
PI of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie project “ShaRe – The potential of Sharing Resources for mitigating carbon emissions and other environmental impacts” (2019-2023), MSC Individual Fellow: Dr Diana Ivanova
Previous research projects (selection)
PI of the ESRC project "Who emits most" which examined the inequality of carbon emissions of UK households, and estimated implications for distributional effects of market-based climate mitigation policies. The dataset from that project is available from the UK Data Service.
Researcher Co-I, EPSRC Programme Grant Liveable Cities (2012-2017). Milena led a field experiment on a carbon calculator intervention for carbon reduction, and a project on the role of health status for household energy use.
Co-I on two UKRI funded projects, The role of community-based initiatives in energy saving and the Third Sector Research Centre Environment Stream, Milena led projects that investigated the capacity of different communities to reduce carbon emissions.
To date, I have supervised twelve PhD students to completion. I have acted as internal or external examiner for 12 PhD theses, in the UK, Norway, Iceland, Austria and Germany.
Currently, I co-supervise the following PGR students:
Alice Garvey: Spatially just energy transitions
Nick Langridge: Examining the environmental implications of Universal Basic Income
Catherine Graves: Virtual reality and pro-environmental behaviour change
Sop Satchwell: Governance of energy and transport infrastructures and services for wellbeing and planetary boundaries
Mathilde Rainard: Fairness implications of low carbon energy policies in the UK and France, an intersectional approach
Laura Angresius: Evaluating wellbeing economy initiatives
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- PhD in Social Policy, Humboldt University Berlin (Summa cum laude / Distinction)
- MSc Sociology with Political Science and Economics, University of Berlin (Distinction)
- European Society of Ecological Economics
- Social Policy Association
In 2023/4 I teach on the Masters module FOEV5001 Cities and Sustainability.
Research groups and institutes
- Sustainability Research Institute
- Economics and Policy for Sustainability
- Social and Political Dimensions of Sustainability
- Energy and Climate Change Mitigation