Dr Andrew Fanning


I conduct transdisciplinary research in the field of Ecological Economics focused on the links between (un)sustainable resource use and social performance. My research aims to identify the changes needed to maintain or enhance human well-being in a world where the environmental pressures of economic activity are kept within planetary boundaries. I am interested in the technological, political, behavioural, and ethical implications of alternative 'provisioning systems' that achieve high levels of well-being with sustainable levels of resource use across multiple scales (households, cities, nations). I am the recipient of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship funded by the European Commission for the project 'Living Well: Provisioning Systems for Sustainable Resource Use and Human Well-Being' hosted at the Sustainability Research Institute under the supervision of Dr Daniel O'Neill.

Most recently, my colleagues and I have quantified the sustainability of national resource use associated with meeting basic needs in more than 150 countries. Our article was recently published in Nature Sustainability (also available to view here), and I have led the development of an interactive website where you can visualise and explore all our results.

<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 Policy Options for Sustainable and Equitable Economies
  • Master's Development Economics
  • BA Economics and International Development Studies

Professional memberships

  • European Society for Ecological Economics
  • Association for Heterodox Economics

Research groups and institutes

  • Economics and Policy for Sustainability
  • Sustainability Research Institute
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>