Dr Diana Ivanova

Dr Diana Ivanova


I am a Senior Research Fellow within the Sustainability Research Institute at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. 


My research focuses on the environmental impacts embodied in consumption, particularly energy use and GHG emissions, ultimately aiming at bringing consumption within planetary boundaries while ensuring adequate satisfaction of human needs.

I am the principle researcher of the Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (ShaRe) funded by the European Commission on The potential for Sharing Resources for mitigating carbon emissions and other environmental impacts (2019 - 2024). The project aims to better understand the ways in which consumption-based emissions and environmental impacts are embedded in broader socio-cultural and economic trends, particularly changes in household sizes and types and resource sharing. The project further identifies suitable resource sharing interventions at various scales.

Prior projects

I was a member of the UK Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS ) team (2018 – 2023) mainly contributing to the Materials and Products theme.  My research contributions to the project involved the direct and embodied energy and carbon distribution associated with UK and EU supply chains as well as various socio-demographics groups and consumption sectors. 

I defended my PhD in the Industrial Ecology Programme at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. My PhD focus was on the environmental impacts of household consumption, from demand patterns to mitigation strategies. I also contributed to EU FP7 project GLAMURS 2014-2016, a large interdisciplinary project concerned with the global transition towards sustainable lifestyles and a green economy. I have a MSc in Economics with a strong focus on environmental economics and econometrics from the University of Gothenburg. Prior to that I received a BSc in Business Administration from Aarhus BSS.

Present PhD students

  • Tobias Riepl – The development of provisioning systems that allow to live well while staying within planetary boundaries

Past PhD students

  • Dr Marta Baltruszewicz ”Living Well Within Limits: At the Household Level”
  • Dr Yannick Oswald ”Living well within limits: analysing inequality and international energy footprints” 
  • Dr Lena Kilian “Estimating and analysing household greenhouse gas emissions of UK neighbourhoods” 
  • Dr Ana Maria Arbelaez Velez “Urban Sharing: sustainability and institutionalization pathways”
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Research groups and institutes

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