School of Earth and Environment

Pepa Ambrosio-Albala Dr. Pepa Ambrosio-Albala

Research Fellow

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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I am a social scientist particularly interested in people’s understanding and behavioural changes to reach sustainability from different disciplines. I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Earth and Environment and the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds (UoL). My current work involves the study of energy issues from different angles (transport, energy vulnerability, energy storage).

I hold a PhD in perceptions of climate change in the context of two indigenous Latin American communities. The research approximates to climate change comprising its cultural, environmental, and social dimension. The thesis contributed to knowledge in climate change and risk perception studies, opening new paths for research regarding the object and subject of study, context, theory, and methodology.

I am currently researching the impact of energy market liberalisation on the energy poor; she is working on a project about energy poverty and social relations with Dr Lucie Middlemiss. Also, I am involved in a project about Transport energy demand investigating householder attitudes to the buying and selling of domestically generated electricity to electric vehicle users. Additionally, I am PDRA on the EPSRC-funded Consortium for Modelling and Analysis of Decentralised Energy Storage delivering the WP on public perceptions of decentralised storage technologies with Prof. Paul Upham and Dr Catherine Bale.

Before joining the University of Leeds, I was a pre-doctoral researcher in the project EU FP7 COMET-LA, a 3-year project (2012-2015) that sought to identify sustainable community-based governance for the management of natural resources. I have previously worked in the field of rural development exploring urban-rural migration movements and motivations for people to move to rural depopulated areas.

In collaboration with other institutions, I am currently examining the psychological and cultural aspects influencing public engagement with climate change and the adoption of pro-environmental behaviours in the UK. Also, I am studying meanings of climate change for indigenous communities as compared to traditional scientific definitions.

I have extensive experience in understanding a broad range of stakeholders perception of climate change and energy issues, I have worked with hard-to-reach communities and am trained in both quantitative and qualitative research methods such as focus groups, questionnaires, and personal interviews among others. I have previously worked in the field of rural development.

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Ph.D.-Climate change perception in Community-based Natural resource management contexts. Analysing cultural settings and environmental attitudes (University of Córdoba, Spain -2015)

MSc- International Master in Rural Development (IMRD) (Gent University, Belgium). MSc Thesis Wageningen Universiteit (The Netherlands, 2008)

BA Sociology (University of Salamanca, Spain-2006)


International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity (ISSSS)

Research groups and affiliations

Energy and climate change mitigation (Sustainability Research Institute)

Honorary Appointment Department of Agricultural Economics, Universidad de Córdoba (Spain)

Research Interests

My general research interest looks at

  1. Energy issues and people's attitudes towards and acceptance of new technological development
  2. Energy poverty and vulnerability
  3. Psychological and social side of risk and climate change and public engagement with sustainability adn energy technology
  4. Social construction and understanding of environmental issues
  5. Environmental sociology and psychology
  6. Qualitative and quantitative methodological design and analysis



Middlemiss, L; Ambrosio Albala, P; EMMEL, N; Gillard, R; GILBERTSON, J; HARGREAVES, T; MULLEN, C; RYAN, T; SNELL, C; TOD, a; Energy poverty and social relations: characterising vulnerabilities using a capabilities approach. In Preparation

AMBROSIO-ALBALA, P; UPHAM, P; BALE, C.S. (2018)“I suppose you could put an ornament on top of it”: public perceptions of Distributed Energy Storage in the UK . Energy Research and Social Science. Underreview

AMBROSIO-ALBALÁ, P; DELGADO SERRANO, M.M (2018). Understanding Climate Change Perception in Community-Based Management Contexts: Perspectives of Two Indigenous Communities. Wea. Climate Soc., 10, 471–485,

AMBROSIO-ALBALA, P. WHITMARSH, L. Measuring Cultural worldviews: Psychometric properties of Cultural Theory and Cognition scales. In preparation

AMBROSIO-ALBALA, P; WHYTE POWYS, K; Beyond surmising: Indigenous Peoples constructing meanings of climate change In preparation

DELGADO-SERRANO, MM; AMBROSIO-ALBALÁ, MJ, RICCIOLI, C (2013). Desafíos Ambientales y Sociales frente al Cambio Climático. RevistaNatura@Economia 12/2013 ; 2(1):5-22

DELGADO-SERRANO, Maria del Mar; GOMEZ BRUQUE, José Luis, AMBROSIO ALBALA, María José, LLAMAS-MORENO, B. (2010) Understanding international postgraduate studies. Drivers from the supply and the demand side Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences. Vol: 75 (1) 187-198 Ghent University, Belgium

Policy Brief: Management and Conflict Resolution Tools: Learning Arenas. Deliverable 1.4 FP7 European Project – 282845

Contributions to Reports

Policy Brief: Management and Conflict Resolution Tools: Learning Arenas. Deliverable 1.4 FP7 European Project – 282845

Locally Adapted tool for the characterisation of social-ecological systems. Deliverable 1.1 FP7 European Project 282845-

Análisis de los factores a tener en cuenta en el diseño de másteres internacionales. Identificación de buenas prácticas. Programa de Estudios y Análisis, 2008. Ref: EA2008-0286. Madrid: Ministerio de Educación, Dirección General de Universidades