Professor Julia Steinberger

Professor Julia Steinberger


Prof. Julia Steinberger researches and teaches in the interdisciplinary areas of Ecological Economics and Industrial Ecology. Her research examines the connections between resource use (energy and materials, greenhouse gas emissions) and societal performance (economic activity and human wellbeing). She is interested in quantifying the current and historical linkages between resource use and socioeconomic parameters, and identifying alternative development pathways to guide the necessary transition to a low carbon society. She is the recipient of a Leverhulme Research Leadership Award for her research project 'Living Well Within Limits' investigating how universal human well-being might be achieved within planetary boundaries. She is Lead Author for the IPCC's 6th Assessment Report with Working Group 3.

Before coming to the University of Leeds in 2011, Prof. Steinberger was a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna (SEC), where she investigated sustainable cities and the links between material use and economic performance. She has held postdoctoral positions at the Universities of Lausanne and Zurich, and obtained her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has published over 40 internationally peer-reviewed articles since 2009 in journals including Nature Climate Change, Nature Sustainability, WIRES-Climate Change, Environmental Science & Technology, PLOS ONE and Environmental Research Letters.

Present PhD students

  • Marta Baltruszewicz 'Living Well Within Limits: At the Household Level'
  • Elena Hofferberth (joint with LUBS) 'Potential pathways to an equitable post-growth economy'
  • Yannick Oswald 'Living well within limits: analysing inequality and international energy footprints'
  • Jefim Vogel 'Provisioning systems as levers for low-carbon well-being'
  • Kai Whiting (Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa)

Past PhD students

  • Dr William Goulart da Silva, University of Leeds (2019) 'Indicator framework and future visions guiding transition pathways for a sustainable Brazilian agri-food system'
  • Dr Elke Pirgmaier, University of Leeds (2018) 'Value, Capital and Nature: Rethinking the foundations of ecological economics'
  • Dr Lina Brand Correa University of Leeds (2018) 'Following the ‘golden thread’: Exploring the energy dependency of economies and human well-being'
  • Dr Blandine Boeuf University of Leeds (2018) 'The use of policy appraisal in water policy making: Comparing WFD implementation in England and France'
  • Dr Effie Papargyropoulou University of Leeds, split site with UTM Malaysia (2017) 'Food waste generation in the hospitality and food service sector: Prevention insights from Malaysia'
  • Dr Arturo Andersen Chinbuah University of Leeds (2017) 'The societal metabolism and resource curse of developing economies: a comparative study of Ghana and Ivory Coast'
  • Dr Erica (Rici) Marshall University of Leeds (2016) 'Modelling the delivery of low-carbon energy services in residential buildings.'
  • Dr Paul Brockway University of Leeds (2016) 'National-level energy use, rebound and economic growth: insights from useful work and exergy analysis'
  • Dr Kate Scott University of Leeds (2016) 'Integrating embodied emissions into climate change mitigation policy.'
  • Dr William Lamb University of Manchester (2016) 'Identifying and learning from sustainable development pathways.'
  • Dr Cheng Wen University of Leeds (2014) 'Payment for Ecosystem Services of the Middle Route of South-to-North Water Transfer Project in China.'
  • Dr Katy Roelich University of Leeds (2014) 'Physical and institutional challenges of low carbon infrastructure transitions: constraints and potential solutions.'
  • Dr Marco Sakai University of Leeds (2013) 'An Assessment of the Compatibility between Climate Change Mitigation and Global Development.'
  • Dr Dan O'Neill, University of Leeds (2012) 'Measuring Progress Towards a Socially Sustainable Steady State Economy.'
  • Prof Marlyne Sahakian, University of Geneva (2011) 'Staying Cool: Towards a deeper understanding of energy usage among differing socio-economic households in Metro Manila, Philippines'

Research interests

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Research groups and institutes

  • Economics and Policy for Sustainability
  • Energy and Climate Change Mitigation

Current postgraduate researchers

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