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





*It's my job to bring out the best in you* If I help to improve the world as well, then I'm winning!*

Karen (she/her) (trying not to be that 'Karen') is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law in CEP where, she is an Option co-convener for GECP on the MSc Environmental Technology, responsible for GECP recruitment, curriculum, pastoral, career development, and of course, teaching, supervision and delivery. Karen has considerable experience of the MSc programme, having previously run 4 of the Options, simultaneously, and is a great supporter of students!  She regularly takes courses related to pedagogical design and development, the most recent being in Active Learning, Team-Based Learning and Examining Geographic Bias in our Curricula. Key pedagogical approaches include: critical analysis; comparative analysis; legal & social scientific research methods; semantics; philosophical approaches; immersive learning; reflexive learning; learning for impact; transferable skills; learning by doing; legal analysis; referencing & writing, active and engaged learning, team-based learning. 

Karen runs the Makuch Research Group with a super-awesome bunch of PhD researchers from all over the world.🌎?????🌍?????🌏????? She also teaches and supervises on the Sustainable Energy Futures master's degree, at Imperial. 

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. Take a look at her Publications 📑?????📚?????

She has previously worked on drafting and implementation of the EU Environmental Acquis Communautaire in numerous accession and candidate countries.  Karen has supervised numerous MSc theses and a considerable number of PhD theses. 

Karen is co-chair of the departmental Mitigating Circumstances Committee, sits on several College committees, including the Senate and the College Academic Misconduct Panel and is the former Faculty Ambassador for Women.

Research group news

Dylan Furszyfer successfully defended his PhD👍?????👏?????#LockdownViva with more #LockdownViva's planned for Miriam Aczel and Shirin Hakim 🤞?????📚?????

Check out our Research page 

Environmental & Energy Law


Please access the link, below, for more information on Makuch/Pereira book, Environmental & Energy Law:



Furszyfer DD, Lambe F, Roe J, et al., 2021, Debating cookstoves: Ensuring clarity, correctness and taking responsibility for the words we choose, Energy Research & Social Science, Vol:73, ISSN:2214-6296, Pages:1-2

Furszyfer Del Rio D, Lambe F, Roe J, et al., 2020, Do we need better behaved cooks? Reviewing behavioural change strategies for improving the sustainability and effectiveness of cookstove programs, Energy Research and Social Science, Vol:70, ISSN:2214-6296

O'Beirne T, Battersby F, Mallett A, et al., 2020, The UK net-zero target: Insights into procedural justice for greenhouse gas removal, Environmental Science and Policy, Vol:112, ISSN:1462-9011, Pages:264-274

Furszyfer Del Rio D, Sovacool B, Bergman N, et al., 2020, Critically reviewing smart home technology applications and business models in Europe, Energy Policy, Vol:144, ISSN:0301-4215

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, Vol:4, ISSN:2473-9510, Pages:1-13

More Publications