Katy Roelich

University Academic Fellow, University of Leeds

Katy Roelich

Katy is a University Academic Fellow in Climate Change and Energy Policy (which is a tenure track position leading to Associate Professor), jointly appointed between the School of Earth and Environment and the School of Civil Engineering. She co-leads the Energy and Climate Change Mitigation Research Group in SRI. Prior to this Katy was Senior Research Fellow at Leeds from 2011, jointly with the Institute of Resilient Infrastructure in the School of Civil Engineering.

Katy joined Leeds from the the Stockholm Environment Institute, where she worked in the field of sustainable consumption and production research, and co-lead the Rethinking Development Theme. Her 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 Katy had nine years’experience in environmental and engineering consulting in the UK and overseas. While working in consultancy she provided environmental and sustainability advice to a wide range of industries including, utilities, nuclear, oil, mining, rail, road and housing working for the private sector, government agencies and utility companies.


PhD Sustainability Research, University of Leeds

MSc (Distn) Environmental Engineering, Newcastle University

BSc (Hons) Chemistry, University of Durham

Research Interests

Katy’s current research centres on the governance of sustainable transitions and in particular transitions in energy systems and consumption. More specifically her interests are related to the constraints created by policy and regulation on sustainable transitions; how governance of sustainable transitions can be more adaptive and dynamic; and the role of communities and municipalities in governance of sustainable transitions. See our research website for more information http://sure-infrastructure.leeds.ac.uk/doku.php