School of Earth and Environment

Harriet Thew Harriet Thew

Teaching Assistant / Postgraduate Researcher

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Room: 9.124 b

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I am a postgraduate researcher in the Sustainability Research Institute. My research focuses on youth participation in climate change governance, further details of which are given below.

As a Graduate Teaching Associate in the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) I also support the delivery of the following Masters Programmes:

Prior to joining the School of Earth and Environment I managed the global environment programme for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, coordinating several large international climate change education, outreach and advocacy projects. My early career also included project management and stakeholder engagement roles with a focus on climate change adaptation and flood risk for the UK Environment Agency and the Climate Change Schools Project.

I have been closely following the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since 2012, tracking the negotiations, advocating for and speaking as an invited expert on Article 6: Climate Change Education, Training, Public Participation, Public Awareness, Public Access to Information and international co-operation. I am also interested in capacity building and the participation of Non-State Actors, particularly women and youth, in climate change policies and programmes. Ongoing engagement in climate change governance processes informs both my research and my teaching.




MSc Sustainability: Environment and Development with Distinction. University of Leeds (2013 - 14).

BA History (hons) 2:1. University of Leicester (2003 - 2007).


Climate Change Adaptation Group, University of Leeds

Social and Political Dimensions of Sustainability Research Group, University of Leeds

Research Interests

  • Non-state actor participation in global governance
  • Climate policy, particularly the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Normative aspects of participation including, justice, legitimacy and representation.
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Climate Change education, communication and outreach

Teaching Interests

I teach on the following MSc modules:

  • SOEE5020M Research Project
  • SOEE5281M Introduction to Sustainability
  • SOEE5472M Environmental Policy and Governance
  • SOEE5483M Critical perspectives in Environment and Development
  • SOEE5495M Environment-Development Overseas Field Course

Support duties

I oversee the Personal Development module for all MSc students in the Sustainability Research Institute.

Project details

Project title

Non-state actors in global climate governance: the case of youth participants in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.


Dr Lucie Middlemiss

Prof. Jouni Paavola

Start date

1st October 2014

Project outline