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Emily Boyd is Professor in sustainability studies and a leading social scientist with a specialist focus on environment and climate change. Her unique focus has been on the interdisciplinary nexus of poverty, livelihoods and resilience in relation to global environmental change, focusing on issues pertaining to cities, sustainable land use, water and deforestation in Africa, Latin America, South-East Asia and Europe. Her work has been published across the social and sustainability sciences with notable publications on resilience, adaptation and the politics and practice of community participation in the new carbon economy.

Her current research focus in on undesirable resilience, politics of loss and damage and intersectionality in societal transitions, including on transformations under climate change. 


Since, 2000 Emily has taught and coordinated a number of sustainability and development related courses. Her teaching portfolio includes topics on sustainability, geographies of resilience, climate change and development, and research methods.

At LUCSUS, Emily Boyd runs the LUMES masters course Resilience and Sustainable Development (2018-). 

She has been graduate supervisor to up to 40 PhD and Masters theses.

Professional work

Emily Boyd is Director of Lund University Centre for Sustainaibility Studies since 2016

She has previously had a number of leadership roles as research division lead for global development at University of Reading, including departmental impact lead and research director in the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Sciences (SAGES), Reading University.

She has extensive leadership and management experience in national and international research consortia and scientific assessments. She is an author for the IPCC, IPBES, and UKCCRA and a Earth System Governance Senior Fellow. 

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Climate Research

Free keywords

  • Sustainability
  • Resilience
  • climate change
  • Development Studies
  • Loss and Damages


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