Dr Liz Sharp

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Senior Lecturer

Liz Sharp
l.sharp@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 6941

Full contact details

Dr Liz Sharp
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Room D23
Geography and Planning Building
Winter Street
Sheffield
S3 7ND
Profile

I am an environmental social scientist supporting practical improvements in our environment.

My background is Geography, Planning, Environmental Consultancy and Environmental Science.

My research career has spanned a number of local issues including water supply, waste and flooding.  I am interested in the interactions between the public and organisations taking formal environmental governance responsibilities like local government and water companies.  In my research I partner with engineers and landscape specialists, among others.

My teaching supports students in exploring and supporting changes in environmental action and policy. 

I studied in Cambridge and Sheffield and have worked in Birmingham, Bradford and Sheffield.

Research interests

I focus on the governance of the environment, and specifically the processes through which the public are engaged (or not) in making and implementing environmental policy. The two central research questions that my research addresses are:

What new patterns of water governance are emerging, and how do they serve the sustainability goals of adaptation to climate change and effective public engagement?
How can interpretive research collaborate with more traditional approaches to science and water practice in driving forward new patterns of water governance?

The main empirical focus for my work is water policy including water supply and demand, water in the landscape, and flooding. Some elements of my work have also looked at waste and energy policy.

Current and Recent Research Projects

Publications

Books

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Westling E & Sharp L (2018) Both critical and applied? Action research and transformative change in the UK water sector In Bartels K & Wittmayer J (Ed.), Action Research in Policy Analysis: Critical and Relational Approaches to Sustainability Transitions Routledge View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rauch W, Bach PM, Brown R, Rogers B, de Haan FJ, McCarthy DT, Kleidorfer M, Mair M, Sitzenfrei R, Urich C , Deletic A et al (2015) Enabling Change: Institutional Adaptation In Hulsman A, Betriebe G, Van Den Berg G, Racuch W, Jensen A, Popovych V, Mazzola M, Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L & Savic D (Ed.), Climate Change, Water Supply and Sanitation: Risk Assessment, Management, Mitigation and Reduction (pp. 355-373). London: IWA Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rychlewski M, Westling EL, Sharp L, Ashley R & Tait S (2015) Developing Adaptive Capacity in a Water Utility In Hulsman A, Betriebe G, Van Den Berg G, Racuch W, Jensen A, Popovych V, Mazzola M, Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L & Savic D (Ed.), Climate Change, Water Supply and Sanitation: Risk Assessment, Management, Mitigation and Reduction (pp. 29-32). London: IWA Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sharp L & Connelly S (2002) Theorising participation: pulling down the ladder In Rydin Y & Thornley A (Ed.), Planning in the UK London: Ashgate. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Glasner P () New Genetics, New Social Formations Routledge RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Knamiller C, Sefton C, Sharp LS & Medd W (2007) Water in everyday use: A study on water-using technologies and the water user in Essex. Proceedings of the Combined International Conference of Computing and Control for the Water Industry, CCWI2007 and Sustainable Urban Water Management, SUWM2007 (pp 329-336) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sefton CS & Sharp LS (2007) Why we should celebrate water: Recommendations for engaging the public in sustainable water management. Proceedings of the Combined International Conference of Computing and Control for the Water Industry, CCWI2007 and Sustainable Urban Water Management, SUWM2007 (pp 681-688) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kennedy SP, Lewis LA, Sharp LS & Wong S (2007) Sustainable Urban Water Management (SUWM) in urban regeneration projects. Proceedings of the Combined International Conference of Computing and Control for the Water Industry, CCWI2007 and Sustainable Urban Water Management, SUWM2007 (pp 675-680) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kenyon A, Willems J, Molenveld A & Sharp L () The governance of Blue Green infrastructure funding: a case study comparison from the UK and the Netherlands. IFoU 2018: Reframing Urban Resilience Implementation: Aligning Sustainability and Resilience, 10 December 2018 - 12 December 2018. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Westling EL, Sharp L, McGuinness M & Alison B () Mobilising publics for resilient water management. Mobilising publics for resilient water management RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sharp L, Speight V, Tait S, Ashley R, Westling E & Rychlewski M () Social science to support water sensitive cities. IWA World Congress. Lisbon, Portugal, 22 September 2014 - 26 September 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Blanksby JR, Ashley R, Shucksmith J, Sharp L, Tait S, Shaffer P & Stam JM () Water sensitive urban design in a European context. ACT: Engineers Australia, 2013: 209-219 (pp 209-219). Melbourne, 25 November 2013 - 29 November 2013. RIS download Bibtex download

Reports

Research group

PhD supervision

I am Primary Supervisor for the following PhD students:

  • Fiona Calder, Involving customers in directing water supply and sewerage outcomes
  • Fatima Ajia, Public communications in the adaptive water utility
  • Juliet de Little, Planning for resilience under multi-stakeholder risk management
  • Emmanuel Maiyanga, Domestic water consumption patterns and the future of potable water in Abuja, Nigeria
  • Hayyan Rozi, Strategies for incorporating low carbon city planning into government regulations to reduce the carbon emissions of rrban areas: A case study of Riyadh City, Saudi Arabia

I welcome applications from students interested in PhD research relating to:

  • water management policies and practices in the UK or in other developed countries (with a particular focus on whether and how sustainability is defined, developed or promoted)
  • the processes and experiences of innovation and knowledge development in water management (with a particular focus on how co-operation is achieved between academic disciplines, and how academia and practice interact).
Teaching activities

My role as a teacher is to support students in learning how to access information and to think critically about environmental topics.

My classes are conceived as a forum in which students can develop, support and interrogate their understandings and opinions. I teach on the following modules:

  • TRP105, The Environmental Challenge
  • TRP215, European Fieldclass
  • TRP333, Environmental Policy and Planning