Dr Charlotte Nussey

Dr Charlotte Nussey


I work in the Sustainability Research Institute, based in the School of Earth and Environment, as a Lecturer in Sustainability and Qualitative Methods.  My research is interdisciplinary in nature and considers the relationships between education and climate justice.  I am interested in the socio-political dimensions of sustainability, ecological and climate crises, and the ways that they are shaped by social injustice through intersecting inequalities around race, place and gender. 


I joined Leeds from IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, University College London, where I worked as Research Fellow on the Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate (Climate-U) study.  This four-year GCRF-funded research explores the role of universities in responding to the climate crisis, particularly through participatory action research in sixteen institutions in Brazil, Fiji, Kenya, India, Indonesia and Tanzania (see our collective work – Climate-U 2021; Climate-U 2023).  Our comparative analytical framework drawing on the capabilities approach to explore universities and participatory action research into climate justice (Nussey et al. 2022) won the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education award.  As part of Climate-U, I also led a qualitative study into socially constructed understandings of higher education ‘expertise’ in relation to the climate crisis, and a systematic review of universities’ responses to the climate crisis (Nussey et al. 2023).  Finally, I co-convene an Early Career Researcher network of interdisciplinary researchers interested in higher education and the climate crisis – do get in touch if you would like to find out more!

Research interests

  • Climate Justice
  • Education, particularly participatory and action-based learning
  • Intersecting inequalities
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to sustainable development
  • Qualitative methods, including participatory action research and multilingual discourse analysis
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Student education

I teach both undergraduates and postgraduates in research skills, qualitative methods and topics around climate justice and sustainable development.