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Sherilyn MacGregor

Reader in Environmental Politics, Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester

I joined the University of Manchester in October 2015 as Reader in Environmental Politics, based in the Sustainable Consumption Institute ( and joint-appointed to the Politics Department.

From 2006 to 2014 I was Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Environmental Politics at Keele University and, before that, I was a Research Associate (Institute for Health Research) and Post-doctoral Fellow (Centre for the Study of Environmental Change) at Lancaster University (2002-2006). I received my PhD from the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto in 2002, under the supervision of Prof. Catriona Sandilands and Prof. Lorraine Code.

I am one of a small number of scholars in the UK specialising in the interdisciplinary field of gender and environmental politics. My research explores themes of environmental (un)sustainability, gender (in)equality, and theories and practices of citizenship. My research is animated by critical questions about power relations, environmental and social justice, the gendered divisions of labour and responsibility, and strategies for eco-political transformation in affluent societies.

I have research profile that is international and interdisciplinary. I have worked in universities in Canada, the USA, the UK, Germany, and France; my degrees are in the 'transdisciplines' of gender studies, (BA), urban planning (MA), and environmental studies (PhD).

My research has been published in a range of journals including British Politics, Sociological Review, Hypatia, Local Environment, and Energy Policy. Recent books include the two volume anthology Environmental Movements around the World: Shades of Green in Politics and Culture (co-edited with Timothy Doyle; 2014) and the fourth edition of Environment and Politics (co-authored by Timothy Doyle and Doug McEachern; 2015). I am the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment (2017) and co-editor (with Nicole Seymour) of 'Men and Natuure: Hegemonic Masculinities and Environmental Change', a special issue of the open access digital journal published by the Rachel Carson Center (LMU Munich) RCC Perpsectives: Transformations in Environment and Society (2017).

I was an Editor of Environmental Politics until early 2017; I currently serve as an Editorial Board member of both Environmental Politics and International Studies Review.

My most recent funded research projects are 'Talking Rubbish in Moss Side' (funded by the HEIF eco-innovation scheme, 2017-18) and 'Reducing Energy Consumption through Community Knowledge Networks' (funded by RCUK, £400K, 2011-2013).


  • –present
    Reader in environmental politics, University of Manchester


  • 2002 
    York University (Toronto), PhD