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Ruth E. McKie

De Montfort University
United Kingdom
Email ruth.mckie [at] dmu [period/dot]

Ruth McKie is an Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Criminology in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Division at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. In 2018, she completed her PhD on the Climate Change Counter Movement. This explored the continually expanding Climate Change Counter Movement beyond the USA identifying over 400 organizations that have historically operated over 53 countries in its history. She continues her work in the field of Climate Change Counter Movement, Climate Change Risk and Policy Development, Wildlife Trafficking, and Feminist Animal Studies. In 2019, she was awarded a Global Sustainable Development Research Fellowship funded by De Montfort University to continue her research on the Climate Change Counter Movement. Her focus for this project is to examine the role of diffusion within the international movement exploring the role of web communities and online activity. Ruth is currently expanding her work using Social Network Analysis and the use of Text Mining of Twitter data.

Dr Ruth McKie’s website.


Ruth E. McKie.  Forthcoming. “The Climate Change Counter Movement: An International Deviant Network” In The International Handbook on Anti-Environmentalism, Elgar Edward Publishing (Forthcoming).

Ruth E. McKie. 2021. “Obstruction, delay, and transnationalism: Examining the online climate change counter-movement,” Energy Research & Social Science. 2021;80:102217.

Ruth E. McKie. 2020. “An Environmental Harm to Examine UK Nuclear Energy Expansion,” The Extractive Industries and Society (April 2020).

Paul B. Stretesky, Michael A Long, Ruth E. McKie, & Feizal Aryee. 2018. “Does Oil and Gas Development Increase Crime with UK Local Authorities 2003-2015?The Extractive Industries and Society (July 2018).

Ruth E. McKie, Paul B. Stretesky, & Michael A Long. 2015. “Carbon Crime in the Voluntary Market: An Exploration of Modernisation Themes among a Sample of Criminal and Non-Criminal Organisations,” Critical Criminology (January 2018).

Paul B. Stretesky, Ruth E. McKie, Michael J. Lynch, Michael A. Long, & Kimberly A. Barrett. 2018. “Where Have all the Falcons Gone? Saker Exports in a Global Economy,” Global Ecology and Conservation (January 2018).

Paul B. Stretesky & Ruth E. McKie. 2016. “A perspective on the historical analysis of race and treatment storage and disposal facilities in the United States,” Environmental Research Letters (March 2016).

Media Coverage

In this podcast episode, The Sociology Show talks to Dr Ruth McKie about her work on climate change denial, delay and obstruction, “Interview with Dr Ruth McKie,” The Sociology Show.

Climate denial: Donald Trump mimics criminal behaviour when justifying his stance,” Ruth E. McKie, The Conversation, July 30, 2019.

Ruth E. Mckie’s research on the climate change countermovement discussed by Bruce Melton. California Wildfires: Where Is the Climate Change Outrage? Truthout, November 17, 2018.

Ruth E. Mckie’s research on climate policy as criminal action featured by Perri Huggins. How Terrorists and Donald Trump Exploit Climate Change for Propaganda,” Morocco World News, November 23, 2019.