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.
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.<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>
- UKERC Whole Person Whole Place
- Understanding family and community vulnerabilities in transition to net zero
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