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Professor Libby Schweber

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  • Professor in the Sociology of Sustainable Construction



Building location

Chancellor's Building

Areas of interest

Net Zero Carbon

Green Building

Standards and Assessment tools

Social Theory

Research Methods

Postgraduate supervision

Jedidiah Oru-Bo: Decarbonisation of the UK food system

Kirk Maritshane: The design and construction of social houses in Botswana: the role of state-owned firms



CEM10A Research Skills (PGT)

CEM10B Dissertation (PGT)

Research projects

Carbon Artifacts: a socio-material approach to low and net zero carbon building design from concept to handover. October 2022-October 2024. Principal Investigator.


As a sociologist, my research focuses on the implementation of sustainable technologies, management tools, standards and assessment tools at the project level (with some reflection on broader implications).  As a sociologist, I draw on theories from Management Studies, Organization Studies and Science and Technology Studies.  My teaching expertise is in the area of research methods and social theory, as well as in the delivery and assessment of sustainable buildings. I supervise PhD’s in these areas and convene the MSc Research Skills and Dissertation modules.

Academic qualifications

2018 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (University of Reading)

1996 PhD in Sociology (Princeton University)

1981 BA in Sociology (Harvard University)


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