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Sociology: People


Lisa Howard

Lisa Howard
Lisa Howard
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Environment, Environmental Sociology, Sustainability, families, Social capital, Sociology of emotion, Gender and parenting, Activism

Broadly my research looks at family and environment intersections. Specifically, I am interested in the gendered emotion work of  climate activist parents, which will draw on eco-gender perspectives and sociology of emotions theories. I plan to employ participatory social mapping, solicited diary methods and in-depth interviews to explore how mothers and fathers differently 'do' climate worry and work within their personal lives, and how climate worry and anxiety connect parents with, and disconnect them from, their family and friends. My research questions:

What are the undervalued and taken-for-granted everyday practices, discussions, thoughts and feelings involved in connecting  worried parents with family and friends?

How do activist parents provide or gain emotional support and energy inside and outside the home?


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 2a - senior tutor (Semester 2, 2019/20)

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

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