School of Earth and Environment

Imogen Rattle Imogen Rattle

Postgraduate Researcher

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Room: 9.157

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I am a second year PhD student working with Dr James Van Alstine and Dr Lucie Middlemiss as part of the Sustainability Research Institute. My project aims to explore the ways in which people are using the internet to engage with environmental issues, and the effect this is having on environmental policy debates.


2012 MSc Sustainability (Environment and Development), University of Leeds

    • Research project: An investigation into UK discourses on shale gas

1997 LLB (Law), University of Birmingham


Associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment

Student member of the Association of American Geographers

Research Interests

Energy policy, climate change, environmental governance, communities and the digital world.

Teaching Interests

I have been a teaching assistant on the following courses:

  • SOEE2680: Environmental Policy and Governance (UG)
  • SOEE5472: Environmental Policy and Governance (MSc)

I have particular interest in the environmental policy implications of Brexit

Project details

Project title

Exploring the influence of social movements’ use of online resources in the English shale gas debate.


Dr James Van Alstine

Dr Lucie Middlemiss


ESRC White Rose DTC +3

Start date

1 October 2015

Project outline

The internet is changing the way people go about their lives. While online discussion and participation will not replace other types of interaction, they have become an important way for people to engage with issues which are important to them. This research aims to develop a deeper understanding of how and why people are engaging in debates on sustainability issues online, and of the effects this activity has, both on how they view the issue, but also on how the debate has developed.


Cotton, M., Rattle, I., & Van Alstine, J. (2014). Shale gas policy in the United Kingdom: An argumentative discourse analysis. Energy Policy, 73, 427-438.