I am Professor of Climate and Culture in the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy at King’s College London where I am a member of the Environment, Politics and Development Group. My work explores the idea of climate change using historical, cultural and scientific analyses, seeking to illuminate the numerous ways in which climate change is deployed in public and political discourse. I believe it is important to understand and describe the varied ideological, political and ethical work that the idea of climate change is currently performing across different social worlds.
My research interests are therefore concerned with representations of climate change in history, culture and the media; with the relationship between climate and society, including adaptation; with how knowledge of climate change is constructed (especially through the IPCC); and with the interactions between climate change knowledge and policy. I welcome approaches from graduate students seeking to study for a PhD in any of these areas in either the social sciences or the arts and humanities.
I was an employee of the University of East Anglia between 1988 and 2013, which included being a member of the Climatic Research Unit (1988-2000) and then the founding Director (2000-2007) of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. A longer bio and CV can be found here – including a statement of my financial interests and research funders. I have also posted a research narrative offering a personal account of my career to date, together with a personal statement about climate change.
Latest posts (21 April 2015)
(21 April) Forthcoming talks: I shall be speaking at Imperial College (Grantham Institute) on Wednesday 6 May at 4.00pm on the topic ‘Climate change: one, or many?‘, at Van Mildert College, University of Durham, ‘Climate change: one, or many?‘, on Monday 11 May, at the STEPS Centre, University of Sussex ‘Why we are still disagreeing about climate change‘ on Wednesday 13 May, at University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich, on Thursday 14 May at 5.30pm on the topic ‘The public life of climate change: the first 30 years’, in Trondheim, Norway, on Wednesday 10 June at the Nordic 2015 Environmental Social Science Conference and at the University of Nottingham, on Monday 22 June at the Circling the Square 2 Conference, organised by the Science, Technology and Society group.
(17 April) ‘Why fossil fuel divestment is a misguided tactic‘. Read my latest comment at The Guardian.
(13 April) NEW Publication. “Who speaks for the future of Earth? How critical social scientists can extend the conversation of the Anthropocene” has been accepted for publication in Global Environmental Change. Eva Lovbrand, myself and 6 co-authors argue that social scientists should not take for granted the framings of the Anthropocene offered by natural scientists.
(12 April) WIREs Climate Change: Latest issue Vol.6(3). The latest issue of WIREs Climate Change is now available on-line. The 6 review articles in this issue include Libby Barnes and James Screen on Arctic warming and the jet-stream, Halvard Buhaug on the climate-conflict hypothesis and Ingo Richter on model biases in the eastern tropical oceans. Access to the journal is through institutional subscription, so make sure you have asked your institutional library to subscribe. If you are with a research institution in one of the 70+ developing countries covered by the Research4Life initiative you should be able to get free access to the journal.
(13 February) New for 2015/6: MA in Climate Change: History, Culture, Society. Details can be found here. King’s College London is offering over 250 Master’s scholarships for 2015 entry, each worth up to £10,000. View also my 3-Minute Video discussing the importance of climate and culture as a field of study.
My H-Index is 43 as of March 2015 (based on Thomson’s Web of Knowledge; see my ResearcherID; H Index = 44 in Scopus; H-Index is 70 in Google Scholar). Thomson Reuters reports Mike Hulme as the 10th most cited author in the world in the field of climate change, between 1999 and 2009 (ScienceWatch, Nov/Dec 2009, see Table 2).
Room K4L.07, Department of Geography, King’s College London, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS, UK
T: +44 (0)20 7848 2487; E: mike.hulme at kcl.ac.uk
Last updated: 21 April 2015