Imperial College London

Miriam R. Aczel

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Research Postgraduate







16 Prince's GardensSouth Kensington Campus





Miriam is a President's PhD Scholar (2016 - 2019) at Imperial College London's Center for Environmental Policy, pursuing a doctorate supervised by Karen E Makuch. Her research focus is international regulation of shale gas extraction, and environmental and public health impacts of hydraulic fracturing in the USA, UK, and EU. She recently spent time as a visiting researcher at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC.

Miriam received her MSc in Environmental Technology (with Distinction) from Imperial College London and BA in Geography and Earth Science (with Distinction) from McGill University in Montreal.

She has studied at Sciences Politiques, Paris, and at the University of Florence. 

Prior to beginning her PhD, Miriam volunteered at a sea turtle rescue center, conducted research at the Weizmann Institute of Technology, and interned at the London Natural History Museum’s Core Research Labs. She is co-founder of the non-profit Amir D. Aczel Foundation for Education and Research in Science and Mathematics, Inc. 

She currently works as an academic tutor for Mansart Education Ltd. in London and volunteers as a research adviser and reporter with Leaders in Energy (LERCPA) in Washington, DC. 

She speaks fluent French, Italian, and Hebrew.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Aczel MR, 2017, The Fracking Debate The Risks, Benefits, and Uncertainties of the Shale Revolution, Science, Vol:358, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:1138-1139

Aczel MR, 2017, Policy Debates on Hydraulic Fracturing: Comparing Coalition Politics in North America and Europe, Energy Research & Social Science, Vol:34, ISSN:2214-6296, Pages:281-282

Aczel M, Book Review: 'Shale Gas and Fracking: The Science Behind the Controversy by Michael Stephenson', European Environmental Law Review, ISSN:0966-1646

Aczel MR, 2017, The dark side of technology, by Peter Townsend, Contemporary Physics, Vol:58, ISSN:0010-7514, Pages:290-291

Aczel MR, 2017, Burn out: the endgame for fossil fuels, International Affairs, Vol:93, ISSN:0020-5850, Pages:982-983

Aczel MR, 2017, Book Review: The Real Cost of Fracking: How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food, Frontiers in Environmental Science, Vol:5, ISSN:2296-665X

Aczel M, Review of: “Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map”, Global Governance, ISSN:1075-2846

Aczel M, Review of: “Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map”, Global Governance, ISSN:1075-2846

Aczel M, Review: A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC, Electronic Green Journal, ISSN:1076-7975

Aczel M, Review of “Crisis of Global Sustainability”, Global Governance, ISSN:1075-2846

Aczel M, Book Review: Shale Gas and the Future of Energy: Law and Policy for Sustainability, European Environmental Law Review, ISSN:0966-1646

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