School of Earth and Environment

Dr Katy Roelich

Associate Professor

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

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I am a University Academic Fellow 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.

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 in 2010 I had nine years' experience in environmental and engineering consulting in the UK and overseas. I provided environmental and sustainability advice on issues ranging from waste management to cliamte change mitigation for the private sector, government agencies and utility companies.

My research website is

I tweet at @KatyRoelich


PhD Sustainability Research, University of Leeds

MSc (Distn) Environmental Engineering, Newcastle University

BSc (Hons) Chemistry, University of Durham


EPSRC Early Career Fellow

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Associate Member of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

Member of Management Committe of the Priestley International Centre for Climate

Chartered Engineer and Member of the Chartered Insitution of Water and Environmental Management

Research Interests

My research interests are:

  • Decison making under deep uncertainty, particularly adaptive and dynamic decision making where multiple actors are involved in transforming systems.
  • Delivering sustinable infrastructure services with lower resource input
  • Public perceptions of sustainable transitions
  • Democracy and social justice in sustainable transitions

Current research projects include:

Adaptive decision making for urban energy transformations: my EPSRC fellowship began in 2017 and will explore how we can make better decisions to transform infrastructure systems, taking into account deep physical and social uncertainties and crucially the fact that multiple actors must make decisions and interact to deliver system transformation.

CIE-MAP, EPSRC-ESRC: an End-Use Energy Demand centre for reducing industrial energy and material use in supplying UK needs. 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.

Previous research projects include:

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.

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.

One Planet Economy Network: EU-funded project investingating transitions in sustainable consumption and production across Europe. Work package leader developing modellign tool to support creation of scenarios of consumption and production and measure inpact on carbon, ecological and water footprint.

Teaching Interests

I lead SOEE 2355: Energy Transitions and teach on SOEE5561: Climate Change Mitigation

I also teach a module on sustainability in the School of Civil Engineering

I co-supervise several PhD students across topics in climate change, business models and infrastructure transitions.

Support duties

I co-lead the Energy and Climate Change Mitigation research group with Dr Catherine Bale