Department of Economics

Dr Lucy O'Shea


Senior Lecturer in Economics

3 East 4.39
Email: l.c.m.o'
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5242

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Environmental economics
  • Environmental regulation
  • R&D and the environment

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Administrative Position

Lucy is currently acting Admissions Tutor for the MSc Economics and MSc Economics & Finance.

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Dr Lucy O'Shea is a senior lecturer in Economics.  Prior to joining the University of Bath, she has worked as a lecturer at the University of Birmingham and a research officer on an EU FP5 project at the University of Reading.  She completed her masters in Economics and masters in Environmental Science in Trinity College Dublin and her PhD in Economics at the University of Southampton.

To date, she has acted as Principal Investigator on two projects funded by the British Academy and the Economic Social Research Council.  These were entitled 'The trade-off between time and cost of achieving Water Framework Directive objectives' and 'Examining the variation in household recycling rates across the UK', respectively.

Her current research interests focus on the interface between psychology and economics applied specifically to pro-environmental behaviours.  She uses insights from psychology within an economics framework to explain why individuals are more or less pre-disposed towards actions that are beneficial or less damaging  for the environment.  More generally, her research is broadly within the area of environmental economics focusing particularly on pollution and its regulation.  

Research interests

  • Waste management and recycling
  • Agricultural pollution
  • Behavioural economics
  • Environmental regulation
  • R&D and the environment

Research Projects

  • Co-investigator on EU FP7 project ‘Green lifestyles, Alternative Models and Upscaling Regional Sustainability’ – GLAMURS (Jan 2014-Dec 2016). The overall aim of GLAMURS is to develop a theoretical framework which is informed by, and tested using, empirical to create a better understanding of the obstacles and prospects for transitions to sustainable lifestyles and a green economy in Europe.
  • External consultant on Identification of Potential ‘Remedies for Air Pollution (nitrogen) Impacts on Designated Sites (R.A.P.I.D.S). The purpose of this project is to gather all the evidence of the potential effects and existing legislation and measures to tackle them, with the view to providing a clear guide to conservation managers about how to manage nitrogen related pollution affecting their sites.


Book Sections

Abbott, A., Nandeibam, S. and O'Shea, L., 2014. Is there a social norm to recycle? In: Kinnaman, T. C. and Takeuchi, K., eds. Handbook on Waste Management. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., pp. 53-74.

O'Shea, L. and Ulph, A., 2002. Providing the correct incentives for genetic modification. In: Swanson T,, ed. The Economics of Managing Biotechnologies. .


Abbott, A., Nandeibam, S. and O'shea, L., 2017. The Displacement Effect of Convenience: The Case of Recycling. Ecological Economics, 136, pp. 159-168.

Abbott, A., Nandeibam, S. and O'Shea, L., 2013. Recycling:social norms and warm-glow revisited. Ecological Economics, 90, pp. 10-18.

Abbott, A., Nandeibam, S. and O'Shea, L., 2011. Explaining the variation in household recycling rates across the UK. Ecological Economics, 70 (11), pp. 2214-2223.

O'Shea, L. and Wade, A., 2009. Controlling nitrate pollution: An integrated approach. Land Use Policy, 26 (3), pp. 799-808.

O'Shea, L. and Ulph, A., 2008. The role of pest resistance in biotechnology R and D investment strategy. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 55 (2), pp. 213-228.

Ulph, A. and O'Shea, L., 2002. Biodiversity and optimal policies towards R&D and the growth of genetically modified crops. Environmental and Resource Economics, 22 (4), pp. 505-520.

O'Shea, L., 2002. An economic approach to reducing water pollution: point and diffuse sources. The Science of the Total Environment, 282-283, 49--63.

O'Shea, L., Wade, A. J. and Whitehead, P. G., 2002. The prediction and management of aquatic nitrogen pollution across Europe: An introduction to the Integrated Nitrogen in European Catchments project (INCA). Hydrology and Earth Systems Science, 6 (3), pp. 299-313.

Non-academic press

O'Shea, L., 2015. Scotland considers 'radical' changes to boost flagging recycling rates. Recycling Waste and World

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