Dr Meg Huby 

BA (Open), BSc (East Anglia), DPhil (York)

  • Honorary Fellow in Social Policy


Areas of expertise

  • Interactions between social and environmental policy

Academic biography

Meg Huby began her career as a biologist, studying the ecology of coal tips in South Yorkshire and tropical rainforests in South East Asia. Recognising the essential links between environmental and social problems she worked on research projects in politics and economics before finally moving into social policy. She became a lecturer at the University of York in 1992, working to link the ideas of sustainable development with social deprivation and exclusion. Her book ‘Social Policy and the Environment’ was one of the first texts in the field. She has recently developed an environment domain for a Childhood Well-being Index and has led a two-year research project on social and environmental inequalities in rural England (RELU). Since then she has worked on spatial environmental aspects of children’s well-being in England and completed a UNICEF project on poverty and well-being in Georgia. She is now helping to develop statistical methods to compare child poverty in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).


Huby, M., Cinderby, S., Crowe, A. M., Gillings, S., McClean, C. J., Moran, D., Owen, A. and White, P. C. L. (2006). The association of natural, social and economic factors with bird species richness in rural England, Journal of Agricultural Economics,15(2): 295-312.

Huby, M., Owen, A. and Cinderby, S. (2007) Reconciling socio-economic and environmental data in a GIS context: an example from rural England, Applied Geography, 27: 1-13.

Quinn, C., Huby, M., Kiwasila, H. and Lovett, J. (2007) Design principles and common pool resource management: an institutional approach to evaluating community management in semi-arid Tanzania. Journal of Environmental Management, 84: 100-113.

Huby, M. and Bradshaw, J. (2007) A Review of the Environmental Dimension of Children and Young People's Well-Being, http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/publications.php?id=526, Accessed 12 July 2007.

Huby, M. and Adams, R. (2009) Interdisciplinarity and participatory approaches to environmental health: Reflections from a workshop on social, economic and behavioural factors in the genesis and health impact of environmental hazards. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 31: 219-226.

Bradshaw, J., Noble, M., Bloor, K., Huby, M., McLennan, D., Rhodes, D., Sinclair, I. and Wilkinson, K. (2009) A Child Well-Being Index at Small Area Level in England Child Indicators Research, 2: 201-219.

Huby, M., Cinderby, S., White, P., de Bruin, A. (2009) Measuring inequality in rural England: the effects of changing spatial resolution, Environment and Planning A, 41: 3023-3037.

White, P. C. L., Cinderby, S., Raffaelli, D., de Bruin, A., Holt, A. and Huby, M. (2009) Enhancing the value of interdisciplinary research in rural areas, Area, 41: 414-424.

Takshe, A. A., Huby, M., Frantzi, S. and Lovett, J. C. (2010) Dealing with pollution from conflict: Analysis of discourses around the 2006 Lebanon oil spill, Journal of Environmental Management, 91(4): 887-896.

Dr Meg Huby

Contact details

Dr Meg Huby
Honorary Fellow in Social Policy

Tel: 01904 32 1244