Dr Kristina Diprose
Department of Geography
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Department of Geography
Geography and Planning Building
Kristina Diprose is an interdisciplinary social researcher who has worked in the public and voluntary sectors as well as academia. Her current research focuses on consumer engagement with return and reuse systems for plastic packaging.
She’s previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher on three other projects at the University of Sheffield: - INTERSECTION: Intergenerational Justice, Consumption & Sustainability in Comparative Perspective (AHRC) - Localising the Sustainable Development Goals (Mistra Urban Futures) - Storying Relationships: Young British Muslims Speak and Write About Sex and Love (AHRC)
She has a BA in Childhood, Education & Culture, an MA in Social & Cultural Geography and a PhD from the University of Leeds School of Geography (2010-2015).
- Research interests
Environmental social research
A common theme across much of Kristina’s research is everyday contexts and social practices connected with sustainability. Her current research on the BUDDIE-PACK project focuses on consumer engagement with return-reuse, to provide insights on how to promote transitions from single-use to circular economy systems. Past research has focused on lived experiences of climate change at the local urban scale, and local implementation of UN sustainability initiatives. Her research has also engaged with ideas of environmental justice and geographies of responsibility, in particular the spatial and temporal complexities that leave citizens feeling overwhelmed about climate change.
Citizenship and voluntary sector geographies
Kristina’s PhD research focussed on the construction of active and activist citizenship within the youth voluntary sector, and her published MA research explored development education in the context of international youth volunteering. In addition to her academic experience, she has worked in research roles in national charities and retains an interest in the role of the voluntary sector as a civic intermediary.
Kristina also has an interest in the intersection of social research and creative methodologies, having previously worked with community theatre and creative writing as research methods on two large AHRC-funded projects (INTERSECTION and Storying Relationships).
- Storying Relationships. London: Zed Books.
- Climate Change, Consumption and Intergenerational Justice: Lived Experiences in China, Uganda and the UK. Bristol: Bristol University Press.
- Localizing the SDGs in England: challenges and value propositions for local government. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, 3.
- Placing ‘sustainability’ in context: narratives of sustainable consumption in Nanjing, China. Social & Cultural Geography, 20(9), 1307-1324.
- Caring for the future : climate change and intergenerational responsibility in China and the UK. Geoforum, 105, 158-167.
- ‘An elephant cannot fail to carry its own ivory’: Transgenerational ambivalence, infrastructure and sibling support practices in urban Uganda. Emotion, Space and Society, 32.
- Building common cause towards sustainable consumption: A cross-generational perspective. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 2(2), 203-228.
- Rural–urban inequality and the practice of promoting sustainability in contemporary China. GeoJournal, 84(5), 1187-1198.
- A Chinese route to sustainability: Postsocialist transitions and the construction of ecological civilization. Sustainable Development, 26(6), 741-748.
- Corporations, consumerism and culpability: Sustainability in the British press. Environmental Communication: a journal of nature and culture, 12(5), 672-685.
- Urban climate change, livelihood vulnerability and narratives of generational responsibility in Jinja, Uganda. Africa, 88(1), 11-37.
- Intergenerational Community-Based Research and Creative Practice: Promoting Environmental Sustainability in Jinja, Uganda. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 15(4), 389-410.
- Resilience is futile. Soundings, 58(58), 44-56.
- Critical distance: doing development education through international volunteering. Area, 44(2), 186-192.
- Urban Climate Resilience and Its Link to Global Sustainability Agendas, The Palgrave Handbook of Climate Resilient Societies (pp. 1-28). Springer International Publishing
- Contrasting Theories of Intergenerational Justice: Just Savings or Capabilities, Families, Intergenerationality, and Peer Group Relations (pp. 351-369). Springer Singapore
- Resilience in the Post-Welfare Inner City: Voluntary Sector Geographies in London, Los Angeles and Sydney. The London Journal, 41(3), 334-335.
- Teaching interests
Kristina is interested in teaching around themes of sustainability, climate change, citizenship, voluntary sector geographies, and qualitative research methods. She’s previously supported geography undergraduate teaching at the University of Leeds and taught two KS3 courses for national charity The Brilliant Club - The Anthropocene vs. Deep Time: A journey through Earth’s climate history and Space, Time & Climate Change: Exploring international and intergenerational responsibility.