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 is the departmental Director of Careers and is the Inclusive Pedagogy Champion. She is also Co-Chair of the Departmental Mitigating Circumstances Committee and is Chair of the Communications Committee in CEP.

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 πŸ“‘??πŸ“š??

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, Chair of the departmental Communications Committee, sits on several College committees, including (until term, the College Senate), the College Academic Misconduct Panel, College Student Appeals Panel, Faculty Mitigating Circumstances Oversight Panel, and College Panel for the President’s Awards for Excellence in Education and is the former Faculty Ambassador for Women.

Externally, Karen is a Peer Reviewer for several major academic journals, a reviewer for UKRI, an Adviser for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, external PhD examiner, and External Examiner for an LLM in International Environmental Law at a major UK university. She is a former Trustee and Chair of the Board of Trustees for a Community-run Organisation.

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Environmental & Energy Law


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



Barmaz L, Makuch K, Aczel M, et al., 2023, Climate change and loss and damage in Bangladesh, Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, Vol:26, ISSN:1385-2140, Pages:9-32

Aczel M, Makuch K, 2023, Climate change, young people, and the IPCC: the role of citizen science, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, Vol:11, ISSN:2325-1026, Pages:1-13

Aczel M, Heap R, Workman M, et al., 2022, Anticipatory regulation: lessons from fracking and insights for Greenhouse Gas Removal innovation and governance, Energy Research and Social Science, Vol:90, ISSN:2214-6296

Aczel M, Cao D, Makuch K, 2022, Citizen science for conservation: towards a cleaner, greener China, Electronic Green Journal: Professional Journal on International Environmental Information, Vol:1, ISSN:1076-7975, Pages:1-26

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

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