Mike Hulme cropped condensedI am Professor of Climate and Culture in the Department of Geography in the School 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.

Temporary Location: Until the 20 September 2014, I am based at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Münich, where I take up a Carson Writing Fellowship.  See my new RCC blog post here.  I can be contacted by email as usual.

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 and citations can be viewed here Google Scholar (Mike Hulme) or here Web of Knowledge ResearcherID.  My ResearchGate page is here and my ORCID number is 0000-0002-1273-7662.


Latest posts (27 August 2014)

(27 August)  Blog Post:  Why we need to stop talking about ‘geo-engineering‘.  Lumping all geo-engineering techniques under one label risks making sensible options guilty by association.

(25 August)  Talk: ‘The dangers of climate emergencies‘: presentation slides from my talk at last week’s Climate Engineering Conference 2014 in Berlin.  My book, ‘Can science fix climate change?  A case against climate engineering’, is published by Polity Press at £9.99.

(24 August)  WIREs Climate Change: Latest issue Vol.5(5). The latest issue of WIREs ClimaWIREs Climate Changete Change is now available on-line.  The 10 review articles in this issue include Burch and Harris on climate change MOOCs, Vaughan and Dessai reviewing the climate services paradigm, Adler and Hadorn on the IPCC’s treatment of uncertainties and Rose Cairns on climate engineering and path-dependency.  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.

(14 August)  WIREs Climate Change: new 2013 Impact Factor.  The 2013 Journal Impact Factor for this WIREs title which I edit is 4.40, up from 3.46 in 2012.  The 5-year Impact Factor is 4.60.  The journal is now 10th highest cited among 76 meteorology and atmospheric science journals and 4th highest cited among 96 environmental studies journals.  If you have a proposal for a review article for the journal, you can find submission instructions here.

(13 August)  Book Review: David Simon, professor of geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, has published this review of my 2013 book, Exploring Climate Change Through Science and in Society, in the September issue of The Geographical Journal.

(10 August)  Blog post:Climate change and the assessment of expert knowledge: does the IPCC model need updating?‘  This commentary, prepared with a number of colleagues, appeared a few days ago on Bridges, the on-line magazine of the Office of Science and Technology, Austria.


My H-Index is 40 as of March 2014 (based on Thomson’s Web of Knowledge; see my ResearcherID; H Index = 42 in Scopus; H-Index is 67 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: 27 August 2014