Dr Lucie Middlemiss
I joined the School of Earth and Environment in 2004 as a Teaching and Research Fellow, and completed my PhD in the School in 2009. I became a Lecturer in Sustainability in 2009, and an Associate Professor in Sustainability in 2017. Since September 2017 I am Co-director of the Sustainability Research Institute. Before I joined the school I did an MSc in Environmental Management at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.
- Co-Director Sustainability Research Institute
I am interested in social dimensions of environmental problems, including: sustainable consumption, community action on sustainability, energy poverty, the politics of inclusion in sustainability, and engagement in activism and decision-making. Conceptually, I am fascinated by social relations (people’s relationships with each other): in a supposedly individualized world, we actually operate within strong social networks, and the role that these play in shaping consumption is my central research focus. To study these topics I mainly use qualitative methods, and have developed specialisms in secondary data analysis, and evaluation research. I have also applied critical policy analysis to sustainable development topics.
I supervise four PhD students: Yael Arbell, Amy Ross, Lin Zhang and Irene Gonzalez Pijuan (based at Sheffield Hallam). I have also hosted students from Denmark and Brazil.
Previous students: Harriet Thew, Imogen Rattle, David Wingate, Yana Manyukhina, Sarah Bradbury and Georgios Zampas.<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>
- Mapping the Production-Consumption Gap, Health Outcomes and Potential Circular Economy of the Leeds Food System
I teach on BSc Sustainability and Environmental Management, BA Environment and Business and MSc Sustainability courses. I contribute to the following modules:
- Research in Environmental Social Sciences
- Sustainable Consumption (with a masters variant)
Sustainable Consumption is the module that relates most closely to my research, and the one I get the most excited about! I wrote Sustainable Consumption; Key Issues, released in 2018 published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis, (discount code is FLR40). I regularly supervise dissertations on sustainable consumption, sustainable communities and energy poverty topics.
Research groups and institutes
- Social and Political Dimensions of Sustainability
- Energy and Climate Change Mitigation
- Sustainability Research Institute