School of Earth and Environment

Dr Katy Roelich

Senior Research Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 32656
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Room: 10.112

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I am a University Academic Fellow in Climate Change and Energy Policy (which is a tenure track position leading to Associate Professor), jointly appointed between the School of Earth and Environment and the School of Civil Engineering. I co-lead the Energy and Climate Change Mitigation Research Group in SRI. Prior to this I was Senior Research Fellow at Leeds from 2011, jointly with the Institute of Resilient Infrastructure in the School of Civil Engineering.

I joined Leeds from the the Stockholm Environment Institute, where I worked in the field of sustainable consumption and production research, and co-lead the Rethinking Development Theme. My work at SEI involved producing scenarios for sustainable consumption and production in Europe and investigating our reliance on scarce metals for low carbon transitions.

Prior to joining academia I had nine years'experience in environmental and engineering consulting in the UK and overseas. While working in consultancy I provided environmental and sustainability advice to a wide range of industries including, utilities, nuclear, oil, mining, rail, road and housing working for the private sector, government agencies and utility companies.


PhD Sustainability Research, University of Leeds

MSc (Distn) Environmental Engineering, Newcastle University

BSc (Hons) Chemistry, University of Durham


Member of the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network

Research Interests

My current research centres on the governance of sustainable transitions and in particular transitions in energy systems and consumption. More specifically my interests are related to the constraints created by policy and regulation on sustainable transitions; how governance of sustainable transitions can be more adaptive and dynamic; and the role of communities and municipalities in governance of sustainable transitions. See our research website for more information

Current research projects include:

CIE-MAP, EPSRC-ESRC: an End-Use Energy Demand centre for reducing industrial energy and material use in supplying UK needs. Researcher and work package convener investigating governance of transitions in consumption and production and development of methods to enable more adaptive, dynamic governance pathways.

Infrastructure Business Models, Valuation and Innovation for Local Delivery (iBuild), EPSRC-ESRC: centre funded to develop new approaches to infrastructure business models with a specific focus on delivery at a local level. Leading a work package investigating the potential contribution of business models at local scale and the role of governance in enabling local business models.

Alternative Financing for Infrastructure, EPSRC ARCC: PI investigating alternative sources of financing for resilient infrastructure, in partnership with ClimateXchange and Adaptation Scotland, to inform Scottish Government policy.

Previous research projects include:

Land of the MUSCos: EPSRC funded project developing a new business model of multi-utility service provision to integrate end users and reduce resource consumption.

Undermining Infrastructure: EPSRC funded project using an enhanced method of stocks and flows analysis to understand the reliance of future technologies and infrastructure renewal on critical materials and how we can develop infratructure that is more resilient to this scarcity.

Teaching Interests

I teach on SOEE 2350 Energy:Science and Policy and SOEE5561 Climate Change Mitigation