School of Earth and Environment

Lucie Middlemiss Dr Lucie Middlemiss

Co-Director of SRI, Associate Professor in Sustainability

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 35246
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Room: 10.111
Twitter: @luciemiddlemiss

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, and an Associate Professor in Sustainability in 2017. Since September 2017 I am a Co-director of the Sustainability Research Institute. 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.

Research Interests

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 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 poverty. 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, Imogen Rattle, Yael Arbell and Rebecca Summerling.

Previous students: Yana Manyukhina, Georgios Zampas, Sarah Bradbury.

I have been external examiner for six PhD examinations, and internal examiner for two since 2012.

Teaching Interests

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, sustainable communities and energy poverty topics.