Dr Lucie Middlemiss
+44(0) 113 34
Email address: L.K.Middlemiss@leeds.ac.uk
Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute
I joined the School of Earth and Environment in 2004 as a Teaching and Research Fellow, and completed my PhD in the School in 2009. I became a Lecturer in Sustainability in 2009. Before I joined the school I did an MSc in Environmental Management at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. I have also worked in corporate communications at Wolters Kluwer, as a consultant for AEA Technology Environment, and briefly as a volunteer at Greenpeace International.
I am interested in the boundary between social and environmental issues. That means that I want to know how environmental problems and policy affect people, and how people can in turn affect environmental problems. I have disciplinary roots in sociology, and in recent years have begun to take a more critical approach to sustainability. This has included an increasing engagement with social theory. I am intrigued by the substantial changes observed by social theorists since the second world war, and intent on exploring how these might have an impact on sustainability debates.
The topics I am interested in include sustainable consumption, sustainable communities, environmental justice and energy vulnerability. My PhD evaluated the potential for community groups to influence their members to take on sustainable practices. Further work has looked at the intersection between environment and poverty, in a series of projects on energy vulnerability. I have also written a paper on individualization, which looks at how the changing nature of western society might hamper sustainable development aspirations to participation. Individualization will be my next major focus.
I supervise five PhD students: David Wingate, Harriet Thew, Gauthier Guerin, Yael Arbell and Rebecca Summerling.
Previous students include: Yana Manyukhina, Georgios Zampas, Sarah Bradbury.
I have been external examiner for four PhD examinations, and internal examiner for two since 2012.
I am the Admissions Tutor for BSc Sustainability and Environmental Management and BA Environment and Business courses.
I teach on BSc Sustainability and Environmental Management, BA Environment and Business and MSc Sustainability courses. I am module manager and teacher for:
- SOEE 2570 Research in Environmental Social Sciences;
- SOEE 3202 Sustainable Consumption.
SOEE 3202 is the module that relates most closely to my research, and the one I get the most excited about! I regularly supervise dissertations on sustainable consumption and sustainable communities topics.
- Taylor Aiken G; Middlemiss L; Sallu S; Hauxwell-Baldwin R (2017) Researching climate change and community in neoliberal contexts: An emerging critical approach, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, . doi: 10.1002/wcc.463
- Middlemiss L (2016) A critical analysis of the new politics of fuel poverty in England, Critical Social Policy, . doi: 10.1177/0261018316674851
- Middlemiss L; Gillard R (2015) Fuel poverty from the bottom-up: Characterising household energy vulnerability through the lived experience of the fuel poor, Energy Research & Social Science, 6, pp.146-154. doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2015.02.001
- Bradbury S; Middlemiss L (2015) The role of learning in sustainable communities of practice, Local Environment, 20, pp.796-810. doi: 10.1080/13549839.2013.872091
- Middlemiss L (2014) Individualized or participatory? Exploring late-modern identity and Sustainable Development, Environmental Politics, 23, pp.929-946. doi: 10.1080/09644016.2014.943010
- Bradbury S; Middlemiss L (2014) The role of learning in sustainable communities of practice, Local Environment, . doi: 10.1080/13549839.2013.872091
- Middlemiss LK; Gillard R (2014) “How can you live like that?”: energy vulnerability and the dynamic experience of fuel poverty in the UK, .
- Young CW; Middlemiss L (2012) A rethink of how policy and social science approach changing individuals" actions on greenhouse gas emissions, Energy Policy, 41, pp.742-747. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2011.11.040
- Middlemiss L (2011) The effects of community-based action for sustainability on participants' lifestyles, Local Environment, 16, pp.265-280. doi: 10.1080/13549839.2011.566850
- Middlemiss L (2011) The Power of Community: How Community-Based Organizations Stimulate Sustainable Lifestyles Among Participants, SOC NATUR RESOUR, 24, pp.1157-1173. doi: 10.1080/08941920.2010.518582
- Jenkins D; Middlemiss L; Pharoah R (2011) A study of fuel poverty and low-carbon synergies in social housing, .
- Middlemiss L; Parrish BD (2010) Building capacity for low-carbon communities: The role of grassroots initiatives, ENERG POLICY, 38, pp.7559-7566. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2009.07.003
- Middlemiss L (2010) Reframing Individual Responsibility for Sustainable Consumption: Lessons from Environmental Justice and Ecological Citizenship, ENVIRON VALUE, 19, pp.147-167. doi: 10.3197/096327110X12699420220518
- Middlemiss LK (2010) Community Action for Individual Sustainability: Linking Sustainable Consumption, Citizenship and Justice, In: Pavlich D (Ed) Managing Environmental Justice, At the Interface: Probing the Boundaries, Rodopi, pp.71-91.
- Middlemiss LK (2010) Reframing Individual Responsibility for Sustainable Consumption: Lessons from Environmental Justice and Ecological Citizenship, Environmental Values, 19, pp.147-167.
- Middlemiss LK (2008) Influencing Individual Sustainability: A Review of the Evidence on the Role of Community-Based Organisations, International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 7, pp.78-93.
- Manyukhina Y; Emmel N; Middlemiss LK (Accepted) Exercising moral agency in the contexts of objective reality: toward an integrated account of ethical consumption., Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, .