Jenny Pickerill

Jenny Pickerill (born 23 November 1973) is a Professor of Environmental Geography and Head of Department at the University of Sheffield. Her work considers how people value and use the environment, the impact of social justice on environmental policy and establishing ways to change social practise.

Jenny Pickerill
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Alma materNewcastle University
University of Edinburgh
Scientific career
InstitutionsLancaster University
University of Edinburgh
Curtin University of Technology
University of Leicester
University of Sheffield
ThesisWeaving a green web? Environmental activists’ use of computer mediated communication in Britain (2000)

Early life and educationEdit

Pickerill studied geography at the Newcastle University.[1] She moved to Scotland for her graduate studies, where she specialised in geographic information systems at the University of Edinburgh.[1] She returned to Newcastle for her doctoral degree, where she earned her PhD in geography in 2000.[1] During her PhD, Pickerill worked briefly at Lancaster University where she worked on a project with Bronislaw Szerszynski.[citation needed]

Research and careerEdit

Pickerill started her independent research career at Curtin University in Perth.[2] Here she studied the internet activism of Australian environmentalists.[2] Pickerill was made a lecturer in human geography at the University of Leicester in 2003.[3] She spent 2008 as a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute.[2] She moved to the University of Sheffield in 2014. Pickerill works on environmental geography, in particular, how people use and value the environment.[1] This aspect of her work has involved the use of social science, investigating the complicated relationships between humans and the environment. Pickerill has explored grassroots initiatives that tackle environmental challenges.[4] She has studied how environmental activists share their understanding of the environment using technology and how they frame their message.[5] She is also interested in environmental activists who choose to protect one aspect of the environment whilst ignoring another.[6] Her work recognises that environmental issues often overlap with other aspects of inequality; including racism, colonialism and neo-liberalism. Often activist movements incorporate populations of a range of social categories, and Pickerill has looked at its role in the Occupy movement, anti-war movement and the environmental movement in Australia.[1][2][7]

Pickerill has studied the impact of experimental solutions on environmental challenges and role of students in redesigning their future. This has included ways to self-build safe, environmentally friendly housing.[8][9] She has revealed that women are not well represented in eco-building communities.[8] She is currently investigating the potential for eco-communities in environmentally friendly, sustainable cities.[10][11]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Pickerill, Jenny (2006). "Notes towards autonomous geographies: creation, resistance and self-management as survival tactics". Progress in Human Geography. 30 (6): 730–746. doi:10.1177/0309132506071516. hdl:2381/499.
  • Pickerill, Jenny (2010). "Everyday activism and transitions towards post‐capitalist worlds". Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 35 (4): 475–490. doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2010.00396.x.
  • Jenny, Pickerill (2003). Cyberprotest: Environmental activism online. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780719063947.
  • Jenny, Pickerill (2016). Eco-Homes: People, Place and Politics (Just Sustainabilities). Zed Books. ISBN 978-1780325309.

Alongside her academic publications, Pickerill has written for The Conversation.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e Sheffield, University of. "Jenny Pickerill - Jenny Pickerill - Staff - Geography - The University of Sheffield". Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  2. ^ a b c d "Dr Jenny Pickerill — Oxford Internet Institute". Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  3. ^ "University of Leicester - Dr Jenny Pickerill, Lecturer in Human Geography". Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  4. ^ Environment. "Autonomous Geographies: Activism and Everyday Life in the City". Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  5. ^ Pickerill, Jenny (2008-02-01). "From wilderness to WildCountry: the power of language in environmental campaigns in Australia". Environmental Politics. 17 (1): 95–104. doi:10.1080/09644010701811681. hdl:2381/4674. ISSN 0964-4016.
  6. ^ Pickerill, Jenny (2009). "Finding common ground? Spaces of dialogue and the negotiation of Indigenous interests in environmental campaigns in Australia". Geoforum. 40 (1): 66–79. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2008.06.009. hdl:2381/4051. ISSN 0016-7185.
  7. ^ Dr Jenny Pickerill - Anti-War Activism: New Media and Protest in the Information Age, retrieved 2019-10-26
  8. ^ a b Pickerill, Jenny (2016). Eco-Homes : People, Place and Politics. Zed Books. ISBN 9781780325309. OCLC 953705741.
  9. ^ Pickerill, Jenny (2017). "Critically Interrogating Eco-Homes". International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 41 (2): 353–365. doi:10.1111/1468-2427.12453. ISSN 0309-1317.
  10. ^ "Professor Jenny Pickerill – Urban Studies Foundation". Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  11. ^ "Learning from eco-villages | Peace News". Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  12. ^ "Jenny Pickerill". The Conversation. Retrieved 2019-10-26.