School of Earth and Environment

Julia Steinberger Dr Julia Steinberger

Associate Professor

Telephone number: +44 (0)785 607 9625
Email address: J.K.Steinberger@leeds.ac.uk
Room: 10.119

Biography

Dr. Julia Steinberger researches and teaches in the interdisciplinary areas of Ecological Economics and Industrial Ecology. Her research examines the connections between resource use (energy and materials, greenhouse gas emissions) and societal performance (economic and human wellbeing). She is interested in quantifying the current and historical linkages between resource use and socioeconomic parameters, and identifying alternative development pathways to guide the necessary transition to a low carbon society.

Before coming to the University of Leeds in 2011, Dr Steinberger was a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna (SEC), where she investigated sustainable cities and the links between material use and economic performance. She has held postdoctoral positions at the Universities of Lausanne and Zurich, and obtained her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has published over 20 internationally peer-reviewed articles since 2009 in journals including Nature Climate Change, Environmental Science & Technology, PLOS ONE and Environmental Research Letters.

Research Interests

Ongoing research projects:

  • Principal Investigator of the "Land of the MUSCos: Multi-Utility Service Companies" EPSRC project. Website link.
  • Co-Investigator of the "Undermining Infrastructure" EPSRC project. Website link.
  • Investigator on iBUILD ESRC/EPSRC centre. Website link.

Teaching Interests

Present PhD students

  • Arturo Andersen Chinbuah "A study of the physical economy of selected developing countries of West Africa."
  • Blandine Boeuf "A critical study of Cost-Benefit Analysis in the EU Water Framework Directive planning in France and the UK"
  • Elke Pirgmaier (joint with LUBS) "Ecological Macroeconomics: Exploring the foundations of an alternative macroeconomic framework for sustainability"
  • Paul Brockway "Can exergy and useful work studies provide new insight into energy
    use and economic growth?"
  • William Goulart da Silva "Assessing the status and potential for sustainability in the Brazilian agri-food system."
  • Will Lamb (University of Manchester) "Identifying and learning from low-carbon pathways of human development."
  • Erica (Rici) Marshall "Modelling Energy Services in Residential Buildings."
  • Effie Papargyropoulou (split site with UTM Malaysia) "Food waste minimisation in the foodservice sector in Malaysia."
  • Kate Scott "Energy, resource efficiency and ecosystem services: the broader context of the UK’s low carbon transition taking a consumption-based perspective."

Past PhD students

  • Dr Cheng Wen University of Leeds (2014) "Payment for Ecosystem Services of the Middle Route of South-to-North Water Transfer Project in China"
  • Dr Katy Roelich University of Leeds (2014) "Physical and institutional challenges of low carbon infrastructure transitions: constraints and potential solutions."
  • Dr Marco Sakai University of Leeds (2013) "An Assessment of the Compatibility between Climate Change Mitigation and Global Development."
  • Dr Dan O'Neill, University of Leeds (2012) "Measuring Progress Towards a Socially Sustainable Steady State Economy."
  • Dr Marlyne Sahakian, University of Geneva (2011) "Staying Cool: Towards a Deeper Understanding of Energy Usage Among Differing Socio-Economic Households in Metro Manila, Philippines."

Publications