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.

All my academic publications can be viewed at my ORCID page.  Citations are best searched here: Google Scholar (Mike Hulme).  My ResearchGate page is here.


Latest posts (26 August 2015)

(26 August) NEW manuscript. ‘Varieties of religious engagement with climate change‘, my contribution to the forthcoming Routledge Handbook on Religion and Ecology (edited by Mary Tucker, Willis Jenkins and John Grim).

(25 August)  ‘The language of weather and climate‘. You can the links here to my contribution to Stephen Fry’s programme on this topic – BBC Radio 4’s Fry’s English Delight, originally broadcast on 18 August.

(23 August)  WIREs Climate Change: Latest issue Vol.6(5). The latest issue of WIREs ClimaWIREs Climate Changete Change is now available on-line.  The 7 review articles in this issue include David Livingstone on the climate of war, Roger McLean and Paul Kench on whether coral atolls will survive sea-level rise and Adam Corner and colleagues on how young people engage with climate change.  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.

(30 June)  What does the Pope have to say about climate change?  Read my blog on the King’s Geography web-site about the recent Papal Encyclical.

(29 June)  NEW Book Series.  ‘Climates and cultures: the SAGE Library of the Environment‘.  My six volume edited set contains 88 important journal articles and book chapters from the last 25 years dealing with: 1.Cultures of Climate Knowledge, 2.Historical Readings of Climate, 3.Climate and Agency, 4.Climate and Culture in Places and Practices, 5.Cultural Readings of Future Climate and 6.Climate Change in Literary, Visual and Performance Cultures.  Each volume is introduced with an editorial essay.  Priced at £895 for the 6 volume set, it is intended as a reference work for library collections.

(24 June)  My Talk titled “‘Scientists speaking with one voice: panacea or pathology?” — delivered on Tuesday to the Circling the Square 2 Conference organised by the Science, Technology and Society group at the University of Nottingham — can be seen on-line here (with slides) (I start at about minute 7).  There is also a blog-post inspired by it from Brigitte Nerlich.


My H-Index is 43 as of March 2015 (based on Thomson’s Web of Knowledge; see my ResearcherID; H Index = 45 in Scopus; H-Index is 71 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).

Contact Details

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:  26 August 2015