Dr Pauline Deutz


Faculty of Science and Engineering


+44 (0) 1482 465948

Pauline’s research interests are focused on the political and economic aspects of environmental issues, especially examining how the latter interrelate with the functioning and organisation of the capitalist economy. 

A particular interest is the building, and implications, of a Circular Economy (i.e., maximising the value from resources and minimising waste). 

Her research in this area includes multi-disciplinary collaborations with colleagues in environmental sciences, chemical and systems engineering.


Research Interests

  • Environmental policy
  • Circular economy and industrial ecology
  • Environment, capital and the state
  • Sustainability

Research groups

  • CRESTING: Circular Economy: Sustainability Implications and Guiding Progress EU-funded Marie-Skłodowska-Curie ETN-ITN, 2018-2021 (PI)
  • Resource, Recovery and Remediation of Alkaline Wastes (NERC/Defra/ESRC) (CI)
  • British Council Newton Fund, in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Sabah, (CI) Enhancing environmental resilience and energy security by developing efficient novel methods for converting palm oil waste to biodiesel and fertiliser


Deutz P, Baxter H, Gibbs D, Mayes W and Gomes H, 'Resource Recovery and Remediation of Highly Alkaline Residues: a Political Industrial Ecology Approach to Building a Circular Economy', Geoforum, 85, pp 336-344 (2017)

Deutz P, Lyons D and Jun B (eds), International Perspective on Industrial Ecology, Edward Elgar Publishing (2015)

Deutz P and Ioppolo G, 'From Theory to Practice: Enhancing the Potential Policy Impact of Industrial Ecology', Sustainability, 7, pp 2259-2273 (2015)

Deutz P, 'A Class-Based Analysis of Sustainable Development: Developing a Radical Perspective on Environmental Justice', Sustainable Development, 22, pp 243-252 (2014)

Deutz P and Gibbs D, 'Industrial Ecology and Regional Development: Eco-Industrial Development as Cluster Policy', Regional Studies, 42 (10), pp 1313-1328 (2008)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Global Issues (leader)
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Advanced Field Skills (Hong Kong) (Leader)
  • Green Economy
  • Sustainable Waste Management (Leader)
  • Research Design and Methodology (Leader)
  • Working Beyond Disciplines (Leader)
  • Contemporary Research in Human Geography

Research PhDs

Pauline would welcome the opportunity to supervise projects in areas related to her research. UK/EU applicants are invited to propose topics related to cities, environment and livability or sustainable growth which can be considered for funding by the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership.

Funding will also be available in 2018 for a limited number of studentships relating to the Circular Economy project. Please email Pauline if you would like to be kept informed.

Completed PhDs

Committee member

  • Emy Jalil, Sustainability via Reverse Logistics: An Examination of Symbiosis Effect between Recycling System and Household Behaviour, Malaysian Government (2017)
  • Sarinah Omar, Sungai Liang Industrial Park (SPARK): Can Brunei Achieve its Sustainable Industrial Development? Brunei Government (2014)
  • Stephen Hall, Sustainable Cities: Land Use, Transport and Environmental Governance, White Rose Consortium of Universities (2015)
  • Marcela Mele, Urban Governance and Post-Communist Transition in Albania (2011)
  • Amy Proctor, Governance, Partnership and Sustainable Industrial Development, ESRC Case Studentship (2005)

Current PhD supervisions

  • Tiraprapa Ratanachoti, Transition to Sustainable Industrial Waste Water Management in Thailand, Thai Government
  • Charlotte Mummery, Technological Change in a Fragmentary Policy Context: the Development of Hydraulic Fracturing (‘Fracking’) in the UK, University of Hull
  • Bingni Deng, Green Transformation of Eco-Industrial parks in China, China Scholarship Council

Committee member

  • Mbali Pewa, Community-Led Recycling in Rural South Africa, Commonwealth Scholarship
  • Elis Davies, Conversion of Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) to Biodiesel Using Microwave Technology, University of Hull
  • David Ross, The Role of Tourism Providers in Developing Intangible Archaeological Heritage Tourism Experiences: A Case of Alentejo (Portugal), University of Hull


Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Hull 2013
  • Fellow HEA since February 2014

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Hons, University of Oxford
  • MA, The Ohio State University
  • PhD, University of California, Riverside

External roles

Vice President, International Sustainable Development Research Society

Editorial Board Member

Co-opted member, NE Centre Council Chartered Institution of Wastes Management