Dr Kirstie  O'Neill

Dr Kirstie O'Neill

LSE Fellow in Environment

Department of Geography and Environment

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About me

Kirstie joined LSE as a Fellow in Environment in 2016, having previously held post-doctoral research positions at the Universities of Hull (2011-2014, 2015-2016) and Lancaster (2014-2015, and 2016). She holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Hull (2012). Kirstie’s research interests focus broadly on sustainability, in particular sustainability transitions, alternative food systems, and sustainable building. She is also interested in policy networks and governance for sustainability, and how more environmentally positive ways of living can be encouraged.

Ongoing research projects include energy consumption in the laboratory (with colleagues from Lancaster University), the role of green entrepreneurs and the green economy (with colleagues from the University of Hull), urban sustainability and green building (with colleagues from the Universities of Hull, Cologne and Luxembourg), and sustainable food consumption practices (with colleagues from Lancaster University).

Kirstie was previously awarded a British Academy small grant to examine green building and sustainability transitions in Germany, which involved research across Germany with green building entrepreneurs, policy makers and architects.  

Selected publications

  • O’Neill, K., and Gibbs, D., (2016) Rethinking Ecopreneurship: Narratives and Fluidity Amongst Green Entrepreneurs, Environment and Planning A, 48, pp. 1727-1749
  • Bonnedahl, K.J., Hultman, M., and O’Neill, K.J., (2016) Unsustainable Societies, Sustainable Business? Editorial, Special Issue on Transitional Ecopreneurs, in Small Enterprise Research, 23(1), pp. 1-9
  • O’Neill, K., and Gibbs, D., (2016) Green Entrepreneurship Case Study, Special Issue on Transitional Ecopreneurs, Small Enterprise Review, 23(1), pp. 94-100.
    O’Neill, K.J., (2016) Book review of Handbook of Sustainable Food and Gastronomy for Hospitality and Society
  • Clear, A.K., O’Neill, K., Friday, A., (2015) Designing for transitions to sustainable lifestyles interactions, Interactions, 22(3), May - June 2015, pp. 56-58 (http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2743034) 
  • Gibbs, D., and O’Neill, K., (2015) Building a Green Economy? Sustainability Transitions in the UK Building Sector, Geoforum, 59, pp. 133 – 141
  • Gibbs, D., and O’Neill, K., (2014) The Green Economy, Sustainability Transitions and Transition Regions: A Case Study of Boston, Special Issue ‘Making Sense of the Green Economy’ in Geografiska Annaler B, 96(3), pp. 201-216
  • O’Neill, K., (2014) Situating the ‘alternative’ within the ‘conventional’ – local food experiences from East Riding of Yorkshire, UK, Journal of Rural Studies, 35, pp. 112-122
  • O’Neill, K., (2014) Localised Food Systems – What Role does Place Play? Regional Studies, Regional Science, 1(1), pp. 82-87
  • Gibbs, D., and O’Neill, K., (2014) Rethinking sociotechnical transitions and green entrepreneurship: the potential for transformative change in the green building sector, Environment and Planning A, 46(5), pp. 1088-1107
  • O’Neill, K., (2014) Book Review of Crocker, R., and Lehmann, S., (eds) (2013) Motivating Change: Sustainable Design and Behaviour in the Built Environment, Earthscan Routledge, Abingdon, in Environmental Values
  • O’Neill, K., and Gibbs, D., (2013) Towards a Sustainable Economy? Socio-technical Transitions in the Green Building Sector, Local Environment Special Issue: ‘Green Innovation, Sustainability Endeavours, Emerging Transitions’, 19(6), pp. 572-590
  • Gibbs, D. and O’Neill, K (2012) ‘Green Entrepreneurship: Marrying Economic Development with Sustainable Development? Recent Evidence from the UK’, pp. 75-96, in S Underwood, R Blundel, F Lyon & A Murray (eds) Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research, volume II: Social and Sustainable Enterprise: Changing the Nature of Business, Bradford: Emerald