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Dr Alexia Coke

School/Department: Natural & Built Environments
Position: Lecturer – Sustainable Development Geographies


Before taking up a career in academia, Alexia worked for over ten years in international development, focused in particular on sustainable livelihoods. This included being Research Director for the Kabul-based policy and practice think tank, the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, and the Sustainable Livelihoods Programme Adviser at VSO. She has also been a Policy and Research Manager for the British Institute of Human Rights.

Her doctoral thesis explored the emerging strategies of the Transition movement to bring about a low carbon future, as part of a broader research programme on lifestyles, values and the environment (RESOLVE). Since then, she has held research positions both at Surrey University and University College London, as part of CRISP (creating innovative sustainability pathways), REDUCE (reshaping energy demand of users by communication technology and economic incentives) and a CDKN project on greening industrialisation in Ethiopia. She joined Kingston University's Geography and Geology Department in October 2015.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 2007 - 2013 Sustainable Development PhD -- University of Surrey
  • 1995 - 1996 Sustainable Agriculture MSc -- University of London
  • 1993 - 1994 Teaching & Learning MEd -- University of Harvard
  • 1985 - 1988 Human Sciences BA Hons -- University of Oxford

Research Interests

Alexia's research interests revolve around the politics, policy and practice of sustainable development, with a growing focus on environmental management and governance, particularly as it relates to landscape and/or climate change. She welcomes inquiries about potential research collaborations and studentships in this broad area.

Teaching Area

Module leader for postgraduate GG7070 challenge of climate change and Level 6 undergraduate GG6020 development geographies modules. Also teach on environmental management (Level 5 & Level 7), investigation the earth & environment (Level 4) and regional geographies (Level 4 & 5) modules.

Other Professional Activity

In 2014-15, Alexia was an adviser to a Joseph Rowntree Foundation-funded report on community resilience to climate change, which was published in November 2015.

She was also an ESRC-funded social science intern in the science division of the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change for 3 months in 2010.



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