Dr Imogen Rattle


I joined the School of Earth and Environment in 2015 as a Postgraduate Researcher, and completed my PhD on the energy politics of shale gas in 2020, taking up a research position shortly after. Before I joined SEE, I worked in project management roles at the Environment Agency in the engineering and sustainability fields.

Research interests

I am interested in how people engage with complex environmental issues both on and offline. I take as my starting point the idea that within a ‘digital by default’ society even people who do not engage online operate within a reconfigured societal architecture. This has the potential to both enable and constrain how they can act. My PhD considered how these dynamics influenced the development of the debate over shale gas in England. It considered both what people did online and also how they viewed the influence of their activity. It drew upon interviews with people both in favour of shale gas and against it to inform its analysis. Further work will consider the social acceptability of alternative forms of low carbon energy generation and storage as we journey towards a just transition.

<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>

Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainability Research Institute