Dr Pepa Ambrosio-Albala

Dr Pepa Ambrosio-Albala


I am Postdoctoral Research Fellow in School of Earth and Environment and the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds (UoL).  I am a social scientist particularly interested in people’s understanding and behavioural changes to reach sustainability from different disciplines. I hold a PhD in perceptions of climate change in the context of two indigenous Latin American communities.

My current work involves the study of energy issues from different angles (transport, energy vulnerability, energy storage).  I am currently researching the impact of energy market liberalisation on the energy poor and the relationship between energy poverty and social relations.  Also, I am involved in a project about Transport energy demand investigating householder’s attitudes toward peer-to-peer electricity trading. I am involved in a project on bus-to-grid connection, that will take a business model innovation approach to understand how utility companies, vehicles manufacturers, and infrastructure providers create new business processes around vehicle to grid services.

I have delivered the work package on public perceptions of decentralised storage technologies at household and community level (EPSRC-MADEnS). Before this, Iwas a pre-doctoral researcher in the project EU FP7 funded project Community-based management of Environmental Challenges that sought to identify sustainable community-based governance for the management of natural resources.I havepreviously worked in the field of rural development, understanding the influence of networking and local initiatives in attracting and retaining newcomers to depopulated rural areas in the North of Spain.


  • Focus groups, personal interviews, Q-Methodology, secondary qualitative data analysis
  • Survey design and analysis


  • Middlemiss, L; Ambrosio-Albala, P; Emmel, N; Gillard, R; Gilbertson, J; Hargreaves, T; Mullen, C; Ryan, T; Snell, C; Tod, A; Energy poverty and social relations: characterising vulnerabilities using a capabilities approach. Submitted Energy Research and Social Science
  • Ambrosio-Albala, P; Whyte Powys, K;  Beyond surmising: Indigenous Peoples constructing meanings of climate change  Submitted Human Ecology
  • Ambrosio-Albala, P; Upham, P; Bale, C.S. “Purely ornamental? Public perceptions of distributed energy storage in the United Kingdom Energy Research and Social Science. 48, 139-150, 10.1016/j.erss.2018.09.014
  • Ambrosio-Albala, P; Delgado-Serrano, M.M (2018).  Understanding Climate Change Perception in Community-Based Management Contexts: Perspectives of Two Indigenous Communities.   Wea. Climate Soc., 10, 471–485, doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-17-0049.1
  • Ambrosio-Albala, P. Whitmarsh L. Measuring Cultural worldviews: Psychometric properties of Cultural Theory and Cognition scales. In preparation
  • Delgado-Serrano, MM; Ambrosio-Albala MJ, Riccioli, C (2013). Desafíos Ambientales y Sociales frente al Cambio Climático. RevistaNatura@Economia 12/2013 ; 2(1):5-22
  • Delgado-Serrano, Maria del Mar; Gomez-Bruque, José Luis, Ambrosio-Albala, María José, Llamas-Moreno, B. (2010) Understanding international postgraduate studies. Drivers from the supply and the demand side Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences. Vol: 75 (1) 187-198 Ghent University, Belgium

Journal positions/Scientific memberships

  • Reviewer for Environmental Politics, Journal of Mountain Science and Revista Internacional de Contaminación Ambiental
  • Member of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity (ISSSS)/Honorary appointment Departamento de Economía, Sociología y Política Agrarias (Agricultural Economics) University of Córdoba, Spain

Research interests

  • Public perception and acceptance of new/sustainable energy technologies, energy uses and behaviours, energy storage, energy vulnerability/poverty
  • Climate change and risk perception, attitudes towards sustainable behaviours
  • Qualitative/quantitative methodologies for the study of public perceptions and attitudes
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  • PhD, Climate change perception in CBNRM contexts, University of Cordoba
  • Erasmus Mundus MSc, Rural Development, Ghent University/ Wageningen Universiteit
  • BA, Sociology, University of Salamanca

Research groups and institutes

  • Energy and Climate Change Mitigation
  • Social and Political Dimensions of Sustainability
  • Sustainability Research Institute