Maxine van Bommel

PhD Researcher

Global Sustainability Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Consumption and change

Research Supervision:Yes

Maxine joined the GSI in January 2020 as a part time PhD Researcher. Her research focuses on climate change emotions, ecological grief, low carbon lifestyles and creative methodologies.


Maxine has a background in Cultural Anthropology and in 2010 graduated cum laude from Utrecht University with an MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. She interned at the Environmental Justice Foundation and centred her thesis on the protection of climate refugees within the human rights regime. Since then, Maxine has built a professional career delivering research and engagement projects across the public and private sector both in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining the GSI she worked for a start-up social enterprise which aimed to encourage users to reduce their environmental impact and live more sustainably. She currently works as a researcher at the Prevented Ocean Plastic Research and Supply Centre in London.

Spoken Languages

English, Dutch

Research interests

Maxine is interested in climate psychology, climate emotions, low carbon lifestyles and creative methodologies.