Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Senior Teaching Fellow







503Weeks BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I work in the Centre for Environmental Policy and co-convene the ''Business and the Environment Option'' on the M.Sc. Environmental Technology course. I also teach on the Urban Sustainable Environments option.

Evolutionary Ecologist

I am a theoretical evolutionary ecologist (Imperial and Silwood) by training, and after a stint as a consultant in environmental economics, policy and legislation in the UK (WRc and Oxford university); I worked in international environmental policy on indicators and tools for integrated assessment and decision making at The European Environment Agency in Copenhagen for for ten years.

While at the European Environment Agency I was responsible for the annual indicator report "signals", developing the coreset of indicators with EIONET, and the state of the environment reports (including developing the first European Environmental scorecard).

I love teaching and trained and worked as a STEM and Outdoor Ed / forest school / bushcraft teacher for a few years before returning to teach in HE. I am now a Senior Teaching Fellow in Environment, Sustainability and Business education mostly kept on my toes by our wonderful bunch of 150 talented MSc students.


I am a professional coach in private practice and have been working with clients from across a wide range of sectors providing leadership and development coaching for personal and professional success for almost 15 years. I am a qualified professional coach and a member of the Association for Coaching.

Lowland rescue

In my "spare" time I am a volunteer Lowland Rescue Team Leader and First Responder (medic) and on-call to support the police in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. I won the Queen's Award for voluntary service with my team in 2019. 

I translate that work to Imperial by acting as departmental First Aider and Mental Health First Aider; and by using my experience of training and assessing search and rescue volunteer for operating in pressurised and difficult situations- to my students at Imperial.

My main interests are in: 

 - Education- Environment, sustainability and business education in HE

 - Pedagogy - helping others to make the most of their teaching 

 - Indicators as tools for decision making and communication

 - Indicators of social and environmental progress and sustainability

- coaching and leadership development 

- getting people engaged with the landscape around them


  1. Jon Hall & Louise Rickard, 2013, People, Progress and Participation: How Initiatives Measuring Social Progress Yield Benefits Beyond Better Metrics, Global Choices 1 | 2013, Bertelsmann Foundation.
  2. Rickard, L., (2011), People, progress and participation; Research report for the Bertelsmann Foundation.
  3. Rickard, L. (2009), Qualitative assessment of the environmental impact of BTCV international conservation project in Portugal, BTCV; also presented at BTCV International Leaders meeting October 2009.
  4. Rickard (2009), Assessment of available support structures for BTCV international leaders and possible improvements; short workshop, BTCV International Leaders meeting, April 2009.
  5. Stanners, D., Bosch, P., Dom, A., Gabrielsen, P., Gee, D., Martin J., Rickard, L., Weber, J-L. (2007) Frameworks for environmental assessment and indicators at the EEA. In: Sustainability indicators, a scientific assessment, eds. Hak, T., Moldan, B., Dahl, A., SCOPE (Scientific Committee on the Problems of the Environment) nr. 67, Island press, Washington. (p 127)
  6. Stanners, D., Dom, A., Gee, D., Martin J., Ribeiro, T., Rickard, L., Weber, J-L. (2007) Frameworks for policy integration indicators, for sustainable development, and for evaluating complex scientific evidence. In: Sustainability indicators, a scientific assessment, eds. Hak, T., Moldan, B., Dahl, A., SCOPE (Scientific Committee on the Problems of the Environment) nr. 67, Island press, Washington. (p 145)
  7. Rickard L., Jesinhaus, J., Amann C., Glaser, G., Hall S., Cheatle, M., Ayong le Karma, A., Lippert, E., McGlade, J., Ruffing, K., Zaccai, E., Ensuring policy relevance. In: Sustainability indicators, a scientific assessment, eds. Hak, T., Moldan, B., Dahl, A., SCOPE (Scientific Committee on the Problems of the Environment) nr. 67, island press, Washington. (p 65).
  8. EEA Integrated assessment portal 2006-7
  9. EEA SoEOR (2005): Country analysis and scorecard, part C of the report.
  10. EEA SoEOR (2005): Country analysis and scorecard: Technical working document for practitioners
  11. EEA SoEOR (2005): Country analysis and scorecard: Frequently asked questions
  12. EEA Signals report 2004
  13. Rickard,L (2001) The role for MTP in steering residential gateway development, and the link to domestic micro power, DETR MTP report.
  14. Rickard,L (2001) A new methodology for calculating economic and technical potential, DETR MTP report
  15. Rickard,L (2001) Retailer initative: TV and VCR databases, DETR MTP report.
  16. Rickard,L. Keay-Bright,S., Lipp,J, (2001) Issues surrounding early replacement schemes, DETR MTP report. (Also as paper: Domestic appliances: policies to target the old appliance stock; presented at “Designing the future” conference in Oxford June 2001)
  17. Rickard,L. (2001) Permission to manufacture DETR MTP paper and report presented at the “Designing the future” conference in Oxford June 2001..
  18. Rickard,L (2000) Streamlining EU reporting obligations for water, report to EEA September 2000.
  19. Andrews, K., Bennet, M., Rickard, L. and Jones, P. (1999) The use of green accounting in industry, Report for Ofgem.
  20. Andrews, K., Rickard, L. and Duborg, R. (1999) Prevention and control of water related disease in Europe. Report to UK Water Industry Research Limited.
  21. Milne, I., Gunby, A., Hunt, D., Rickard, L. and Ellis, J. (1999) Emission coefficients for pollutants discharged to sewer. Final report for Office of National Statistics.
  22. Andrews, K., Barry, M., Rickard, L., Horth, H., Rees, Y. and Casillas, J. (1998) Water: Business opportunities in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
  23. Gowers, A. Horth, H., Rickard, L. and Andrews, K.A. (1998) Monograph on Water Resources and Health, Draft Report to WHO, August 1998.
  24. Hurley, R., Rayner, H., Rickard, L. and Longley, F. (1998) North West Water - AMP3 Trunk and Distribution Mains (UC 3298).
  25. Rickard, L. and Rees, Y.J (1998) Indicators for sustainable water management, Draft Report to the European Commission DGXII, June 1998.
  26. Rickard, L. (1996) Partitioning seed size variation at various levels of population structure in natural sand-dune systems. Abstract, Ecological Society of America annual combined meeting.