Professor 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. From September 2017 to August 2021 I was Co-director of the Sustainability Research Institute. I was promoted to professor in September 2021. Before I joined the school I did an MSc in Environmental Management at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and worked in publishing for 5 years.

Research interests

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 two PhD students: Lin Zhang and Irene Gonzalez Pijuan (based at Sheffield Hallam). I have also hosted students from Denmark and Brazil.

Previous students: Yael Arbell, Amy Ross, Harriet Thew, Imogen Rattle, David Wingate, Yana Manyukhina, Sarah Bradbury and Georgios Zampas.

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Student education

I contribute to the following modules:

  • Sustainable Food Consumption (FOEV5103M)
  • Change for Sustainable Development (SOEE3785)

I wrote Sustainable Consumption; Key Issues, released in 2018 published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis, (discount code is FLR40) an introductory textbook for students interested in consumption and environmental issues. 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
  • Sustainable Food Systems