Pauline's has a BA in Geography from the University of Oxford, a MA in Climatology from the Ohio State University and a PhD in Geology from the University of California, Riverside.
Since 1996 she has held a variety of posts at the University of Hull, including with the Centre of Waste and Pollution Research, Environmental Technology Centre of Industrial Collaboration, and the Depart of Geography - now Geography, Geology and Environment.
She is a board member of the International Sustainable Development Research Society, having been president 2019-20 and vice president 2012-2018.
Pauline's research interests are focused on the political and economic aspects of environmental issues, especially examining how the latter interrelate with the functioning and organisation of the capitalist economy.
A particular interest is the building, and implications, of a Circular Economy (i.e., maximising the value from resources and minimising waste).
Her research in this area includes multi-disciplinary collaborations with colleagues in environmental sciences, chemical and systems engineering.