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Dr Andrea Collins

Dr Andrea Collins


School of Geography and Planning

+44 (0)29 2087 0279
Room 2.89, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Media commentator


Andrea's research interests focus on the ecological footprint, its role in policy making, and assessing the environmental impacts of major events and festivals

Her research on the environmental impacts of major sport events has received media coverage worldwide. Andrea was a member of the London 2012 Carbon Management Strategy Technical Advisory Group, and is a member of the British Association of Sustainability in Sport (BASiS).

Innovation and Engagement

Invitational conference on 'Event Impacts, Leverage, and Legacy' organised by the University of British Columbia's Centre for Sport and Sustainability, Vancouver, November 2011.

Invited keynote on 'Footprinting Major Sport Events and the Olympic Games'. Keynote speaker at the 'Salão do Turismo - Roteiros do Brasil 2010', Eventos esportivos-A preparação de um destino sede (Sport Events - The Preparation of the Nation). Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 2010.



  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Health (First Class), University of Wales, 1996.
  • PhD in Applied Sciences, University of Wales, 2002.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, Cardiff University, 2012.


  • Lecturer, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University (2013-present).
  • RCUK Fellow, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, (2007-2013).
  • Research Associate, ESRC BRASS Research Centre, Cardiff University, (2003-2007).

I have conducted peer reviews for the following academic journals: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Local Environment, Sport and Society, Journal of Cleaner Production, International Journal of Consumer Studies, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Leisure Studies, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Sustainability, European Journal of Sport Science, Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, Environmental Science and Policy, and Resources.

Honours and awards

  • RCUK Fellowship, Delivering Sustainable Development, 2007-2013
  • Cardiff University International Collaboration Award, 2006-2007

Professional memberships

Memberships/External Activities

  • Member, London 2012 Carbon Management Strategy Technical Advisory Group (2008-2010).
  • Member, Wales Footprint Network (2003-2012).
  • Member, Global Footprint Network (2006-current).
  • Member, Recalculating Wales' Ecological Footprint Steering Committee (2007-2008).

Membership of Professional Associations/Bodies

  • Member of the Higher Education Academy.

















Group membership and centre affiliation

  • Member of the Environment Research Group.
  • Member of the Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACE).
  • Member of Welsh Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD).

Research interest

  • Ecological Footprint Analysis
  • Measuring the environmental impacts and legacies of sport events and festivals

Research projects

2003-2005: Reducing Cardiff's Ecological Footprint. Joint research project with Stockholm Environment Institute. Funded by Biffaward, Welsh Assembly Government and Cardiff Council.

2004-05: Measuring the environmental and economic impact of the 2004 FA Cup Final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. A Collins A Flynn, M Munday and R Roberts. Funded by the ESRC BRASS Centre, Cardiff University.

2005-2006: Sustainable consumption and production: a review of current evidence and data. Funded by DEFRA.

2006: Environmental Indicators Project (Wales Environment Strategy). Funded by Welsh Assembly Government.

2006-2007: Assessing the environmental and economic impact of the 2006 RBS Rugby Six Nations Championships. Funded by ESRC BRASS Centre, Cardiff University.

2007-2008: Motivating, Engaging, Leading and Supporting Skills and Knowledge for Sustainable Communities - Applying Models of Sustainable Localised Economies. Funded by ESRC and ASC.

2007-2011: Assessing the environmental and economic impact of the 2007 Tour de France Grande Depart. A Collins C Jones, M Munday and R Roberts. Funded by ESRC BRASS Centre, Cardiff University.

2008-09: UK Sport Major Event Evaluation Framework, development of a framework for social and environmental impacts of sporting and cultural events. Joint research with Sport Industry Centre, Sheffield Hallam University.

2008: Environmental impacts of the Isle of Wight Music Festival. A Collins, C Jones and M Munday. Joint research with Sport Industry Centre, Sheffield Hallam University.

2008-2010: Engaging with the Ecological Footprint: Experiences from Australia and UK. Funded by International Research Collaboration Travel Award, Cardiff University.

2010-2011: Knowledge and Practice in the Ecological Footprint Community. Funded by ESRC BRASS Centre, Cardiff University.

2012-2014: Assessing the environmental impacts of the Hay Literary Festival (Wales, UK). Funded by ESRC BRASS Centre, Cardiff University.

2016-2017: Sŵn Festival: Visitor travel and Spending. Funded by AHRC Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technology Initiative.

2017: UK Sport eventsIMPACTS Toolkit (Phase 2: Environmental Theme). Funded by UK Sport and Partners

2017-current: Environmental and Economic Impacts of the 2017 Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon. Funded by Cardiff University.

2017-current: Impact and Legacies of Festivals in Wales: A spotlight on the National Eisteddfod. Funded by Cardiff University.

2018: Sports and outdoor recreation (friluftsliv) in an environmental perspective. Funded by MISTRA (Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research).

2018: User Engagement and Impact. Funded by Cardiff University (Impact Fund).

PhD supervision

Lennon, M. 2013. Meaning making and the policy process: The case of green infrastructure planning in the Republic of Ireland.

Glendinning, E. 2013. Building Resilience through Post-Productivism: The case of farmers' markets'.

Hipwood, T. (current) Understanding home improvements within the wider nexus of practice: Implications for inducing owner-occupier low carbon retrofit.