Imperial College London

Ms Karen E. Makuch

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 7317k.e.makuch Website




209Weeks BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Karen is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law in CEP where she is an Option convenor for GECP and runs the Makuch Research Group. 

Karen has research interests in environmental law and policy, international law (environmental and human rights, including 'justice'), public interest environmental law (including access to environmental information & public participation), the environmental rights of children, gender and environment, citizen science, and the role that law can play in regulating science and technology. 

She has previously worked on implementation of the EU Environmental Acquis Communautaire in accession and candidate countries. 

Research group news

Welcome to Mohammed Al-Sulaiti, April 2019, our new Qatar National Research Fund PhD scholar!

Welcome to our new Commonwealth Scholar, Courtnae Bailey!! Courtnae will research Climate Finance and Water law & policy frameworks in the Caribbean region. October 2017

Miriam Aczel awarded Imperial College Outstanding Student Achievement Award, 2017.

Miriam Aczel  awarded 1st Prize in American Association for the Advancement of Science Graduate Student Essay Competition, 2017:

Miriam Aczel awarded Imperial College President's Scholarship 2016-2019.

Punitha Silivarajoo  successfully defended her PhD, July 2017.

Syafrina Mohd Sharif successfully defended her PhD, November 2016.

Punitha Silivarajoo awarded Santander Mobility Funding, 2015. 

Environmental & Energy Law


Please access the link, below, for more information:



Aczel MR, Makuch KE, 2020, Shale resources, parks conservation, and contested public lands in North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park: is fracking booming?, Case Studies in the Environment, ISSN:2473-9510, Pages:1-13

Makuch K, Aczel M, Zaman S, Do children want environmental rights? Ask the Children!, Electronic Green Journal: Professional Journal on International Environmental Information, Vol:1 (2020), ISSN:1076-7975

Makuch K, Aczel M, 2020, Eco-citizen science for social good: promoting child well-being, environmental justice, and inclusion, Research on Social Work Practice, Vol:30, ISSN:1049-7315

Aczel M, Makuch K, 2019, Shale, quakes, and high stakes: regulating fracking-induced deismicity in Oklahoma, USA and Lancashire, UK, Case Studies in the Environment, Vol:3, ISSN:2473-9510, Pages:1-14

Makuch K, Zaman S, Aczel M, 2019, Tomorrow’s stewards: The case for a unified international framework on the environmental rights of children, Health and Human Rights, Vol:21, ISSN:1079-0969, Pages:203-214

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