Sherilyn MacGregor

Sherilyn MacGregor


  • Professor of Environmental Politics, Politics
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Personal profile


I joined the University of Manchester in November 2015 as Reader in Environmental Politics, based in the Department of Politics and the Sustainable Consumption Institute ( In 2022 I was promoted to full professsor. 

From 2006 to 2014 I was Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Environmental Politics at Keele University and, before that, I was an ESRC-funded Research Associate in the Institute for Health Research and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada-funded Postdoctoral 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. My examiners were Prof Lee Quinby (Hobart & William Smith College, New York) and Prof Engin Isin (then of York University, Toronto).

From 2004 to 2015, I was co-founder and director of a not-for-profit company called 'PublicSpace', which specialized in research, consultation and communication in the public interest. 

I have held short-term visiting positions at Sciences Po Lille and The University of Wisconsin. In 2014 I was awarded a six-month residential Fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center (RCC) for Environment and Society at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. In 2018 I was invited to sit for a three year term on the Academic Board of the RCC.

I have been invited to give plenary and keynote lectures at a range of international conferences and public events, including: International Women's Day panel on gender and climate change at Chatham House, high-profile panel on gender equality and SDG5 post-pandemic at the United Nations Commission on the Status Women conference (both 2022); an openning keynote at the 'Sustainable Consumption and Social Justice in an Urbanizing World' annual international conference of SCORAI (Northeastern University, Boston [virtual], 2020); 'Sustainable Development in a Contested World' (ECPR General Conference, University of Wroclaw 2019), 'Environmental Justice 2017: Looking Back, Looking Forward' (Univerity of Sydney 2017) the UK Women's Environmental Network Annual Forum (London 2018) and the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Women’s and Gender Studies/Researches Féministes (University of Calgary, 2016).

I have been involved in Environmental Politics journal since 2007, first as Book Reviews Editor, then as an Editor from 2010-2016. In Novemeber 2020 I was re-appointed Editor for another three-year term.  

Information about my teaching and supervision experience is provided on my other pages. 


Research interests

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 Environmental Politics, British Politics, Sociological Review, Hypatia, Local Environment, Energy Policy, Geoforum, Social Movement Studies, and International Journal of the Commons.  Recent books include: Trajectories of Enviromental Politics (co-edited with Graeme Hayes, Sikina Jinnah, Prakash Kashwan, John M. Meyer, David Konitsky and Anthony Zito: 2022); 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).  

My most recent funded research projects are: 'Toward Inclusive Environmental Sustainbilities (TIES)' [funded by the Leverhulme Trust 0 £330K for three years] and 'Caring in a Changing Climate' [funded by Oxfam America]; and 'Towards a Feminist Green New Deal for the UK' [funded by the Women's Budget Group and Women's Environmental Network].

Past projects include: 'The Cultural Politics of Household Sustainability' (funded by the Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester, 2018-19),'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. 2011-2013). 


Activities and esteem

Grant review panel member, Formas: The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning. Call:‘ Visions and conditions for a fossil-free welfare society’, 2019.

Section Chair, Environmental Politics section (8 panels) at the 2019 ECPR General Conference, University of Wrocław, Poland

Member, Academic Board, Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, 2018-2021

Member, Editorial Board, International Studies Review, est 2018

Member, Editorial Board, Environmental Politics journal, est 2017

Joint Editor, Environmental Politics journal, 2012-2017

Convenor, Environmental Politics Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), est 2011

Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society. Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich. February-July 2013

Fellow, Royal Geographical Society, est 2006

Recent Keynotes and Invited Talks: 

Invited expert panellist, ‘Harnessing COVID-19 recovery for gender equality and a sustainable future’ United Nations Commission on the Status of Women-66 (CSW-66), virtual panel organised by UN Women, 24 March, 2022.

Invited panellist/lead author, virtual launch of ‘Caring in a Changing Climate’ report; parallel event organised by Oxfam at the United Nations CSW-66, 23 March 2022.

Invited speaker, ‘Feminist Solutions to the Climate Crisis’  hosted by Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, 8 March 2022.

Invited panellist: ‘Choose to Challenge: Women in Climate Change’, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), an internal event for the BEIS Women Empowered Network, for International Women's Day, 10 March, 2021.

Keynote lecture, ‘This is not a lifestyle: everyday sustainabilities, situated knowledges and engaged urban research’. 4th annual international conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI), Stockholm, Sweden/Boston USA. June 10, 2020  [online due to C-19]

Invited plenary roundtable speaker, 'Sustainable development in a contested world' ECPR General Conference, University of Wroclaw, Sep 6, 2019. 

Invited expert discussant, 'Gender and rewilding' workshop, University of Exeter, Dec 18, 2018

Invited paper ‘Against climate populism, for caring democracy’ (with commissioned think piece), at the ‘Envisioning everyday environmentalism and climate populism’ symposium, Centre for Climate and Justice, University of Reading, June 2018

Invited commentary (by video), Symposium on Eunice Newton Foote; University of California Santa Barbara, May 2018

Invited talk ‘The politics of climate justice’, Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK, Cervantes Institute, Manchester, April 2018. 

Invited panellist, UK Women's Environmental Network annual public forum, London, March 13, 2018

Keynote presentation, ‘Gender, Materiality and Environmental Justice’ at the ‘Environmental Justice 2017: Looking Forward, Looking Back’ International Conference, Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney, Australia, November 2017

Invited speaker, post-production public discussion of ‘Dirty Laundry’ (a play by Deborah McAndrew), Middleport Theatre, Stoke on Trent, October 2017

Invited speaker, ‘Climate Politics in Interesting Times’, Political Studies Association (PSA) workshop on climate politics convened by the Environmental Politics Specialist Group, Keele University, Sept. 2017

Keynote lecture, 'Resistance is Fertile' at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Women’s and Gender Studies/Researches (WGSRF) Féministes, University of Calgary, in conjunction with the 2016 Congress of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences, May 29, 2016

Plenary lecture, Symposium on Green Citizenship, Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University, September 11, 2015


I am currently supervising a number of theoretical and/or empirical research projects relating to environmental politics and justice, sustainability, gender/feminist politics. Beause I will be on research leave in academic year 2022-23 and 2023-24, I am unable to take on any new supervisory work at this time.

I have served as external examiner of PhD theses at Durham University, the University of Edinburgh, Queen's University Belfast, the University of Western Australia, the University of Toronto, York University (Canada), University of East Anglia, Lancaster University, and Macquarie University (Australia).

I am supervising (or have supervised) the research projects of the following doctoral candidates:

Zarina Ahmad: 'The cultural politics of sustainable consumption in the UK: An intersectional ecofeminist exploration of the food provisioning practices of Pakistan-heritage women in Manchester and Glasgow' (co-supervised by Dr Nafhesa Ali and Prof Tally Katz-Gerro).

Heather Urquhart: 'Rewilding, Green Lairds and Gàidhealtachd Futures: Interrogating Claims to Land in a Climate Anxious Age' (co-supervised by Dr Meghan Tinsley).

Anna-Maria Kohnke: 'Establishing a ‘Work Index’ of wellbeing: An investigation into working conditions as a fundamental welfare indicator' (co-supervised by Prof John O'Neill).

Aino Ursula Maki: 'How is reproductive labour naturalized as a ‘labour of love’?' (co-supervised by Dr Adrienne Roberts).

Grace Tudor-Worral 'Becoming post-human in the Anthropocene' (co-supervised by Dr. Aurora Fredrickson).

Hannah Battersby: 'The capabilities approach and wellbeing of nonhumans and nonsentients: an ethical theory of interspecies justice' (co-supervised by Prof. John O'Neill)

Magdalena Rodekirchen: 'Towards an intersectional analysis of human-nature relations' (co-supervised by Prof. Mat Paterson).

Joanna (Wilson) Flavell 'Gendered discourses and feminist resistance in the UNFCCC' (co-supervised by Prof. Mat Paterson). passed, minor revisions, Dec 2020. External examiner: Prof Annica Kronsell.

Giulia Mininni (Keele University):  Can energy empower women? A case study of the Solar Mamas’ project in rural Rajasthan.'' (co-supervised by Prof. Farzana Shain) passed, minor revisions, Feb 2020. External examiner: Prof Joy Clancy.

Anna Wienhues:  'Life in Common: Distributive Ecological Justice on a Shared Earth' (co-supervised by Prof John O'Neill)  - submitted for examination January 2018; viva voce 18 April, passed with grade A1 (no revisions). External examiner: Dr Elizabeth Cripps.

Adam Simcock (Keele Universtity): 'MacIntyre and Green Political Thought: Deliberative Eco-Politics for Dependent Rational Animals' (co-supervised by Prof Andrew Dobson); passed May 2018, no revisions. External examiner: Prof John Barry.


I received a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2008 and have been a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy since 2009.

I am the module convenor for POLI20982 Environmental Politics and the MA module Critical Environmental Politics (POLI70921).

Before joining the Politics Department at the University of Manchester, I taught a wide range of undergraduate and post-graduate modules on environmental politics. I was programme director of BA(H) Environmental Studies, BSc Environment and Sustainability and MA Environmental Politics at Keele University.

I was awarded the Keele University Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in 2009.  

In 2015, 2016 and 2017 I taught an intensive module on sustainability and social justice for the MA in Sustainable Development programme at Sciences Po Lille. 

My experience as External Examiner includes: University of Huddersfield (BA Politics), University of Edinburgh (MSc Global Environment, Politics and Society) and, currently, the Open University (BA Environmental Studies and International Studies).

Media contributions and coverage

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, York University


Award Date: 6 Jul 2002

Master of Planning, Queens University at Kingston


Award Date: 6 Oct 1994

Bachelor of Arts, Queens University at Kingston


Award Date: 19 Jun 1991

Areas of expertise

  • JC Political theory
  • gender politics
  • environmental politics
  • green political theory
  • citizenship
  • sustainability
  • environmental justice
  • feminist political theory

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Sustainable Consumption Institute


  • environmental politics
  • feminist theory
  • sustainability
  • citizenship
  • gender
  • urban studies
  • green political theory
  • climate change


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