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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Lisa Howard

Lisa Howard
Lisa Howard
Sociology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Environment, Social movements, theories of global justice, Environmental Sociology, Values, environmental politics, Sustainability, Sustainable consumption and production

PhD Title

PhD prov. title: The lived experience of pro-environmental voluntary simplicity within families and personal relationships

In the era of our ecological crisis it is clear that consumption levels in the Global North are unsustainable. Exploring the personal lives of people who have radically reduced their material and work consumption in response to the climate crisis, My PhD research seeks to uncover the routes into, and maintenance of the everyday routines and associated relational practices of living this way.  In recognition that personal life practices can provide insight into values and practices within wider social structures, the study will contribute knowledge towards effecting social change to living sufficiently and sustainably.


PhD Sociology, University of Edinburgh, 2019 - 2022.  Supervised by Dr. Rachel Howell and Prof. Lynn Jamieson.

MSc by Research in Sociology, University of Edinburgh, 2018 - 2019, Distinction

BSc Environmental Management (Hons), 1st Class - Birkbeck, University of London 2014 - 2018


ESRC +3 PhD Scholarship, 2019 - 2022

Best Geography/Environmental Dissertation prize, Birkbeck, University of London, 2018

Birkbeck East Prize (Geography), 2015


Book review: Sustainable Consumption Key Issues, Middlemiss 2018. Local Environment


Sustainable Development 1a - course tutor (Semester 1, 2019/20)

Sustainable Development 2a - course tutor (Semester 2, 2018/19)