Rebecca Smith


Lecturer in Sustainable Development

“Rebecca Smith has been lecturing on UHI’s Sustainable Development programmes since 2009. She graduated in 2005 with a Masters in Sustainable Rural Development, after completing a BSc (Honours) in Geography, both from Aberdeen University.

After graduating she worked for an environmental consultancy firm in Birmingham, reporting on waste and recycling issues for local authorities. This is where she started to recognise the limitations of a market fix approach for environmental problems, which has inspired her research into waste and consumption in rural areas.

She moved to the Isle of Lewis in 2009, the beginning of her time raising three children. Her interests in waste and consumption have continued with three children highlighting the need for more collaborative and community driven approaches to sharing resources and thinking creatively about the wastes we acquire in consumer societies. She applies her critical thinking approach to these issues in her teaching on the undergraduate modules: ‘Social Enterprise and Small Business Management’; ‘Empowering Communities’; and ‘The Consumerist Society’ as well as the post-graduate modules: ‘Developing Communities’ and ‘Sustainable Development’.

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