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 convene the King’s Climate research 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 (7 March 2016)

(6 March)  Appointment as Head of the Department of Geography.  I will be taking up this new role at King’s College London from the beginning of April.  This coincides with a major new recruitment cycle of academic positions in the Department: six posts currently advertised (see below), plus three further chairs in geography to be announced shortly.

(26 February)  New academic positions available in the Department of Geography at KCL.  We are inviting applications for the following positions: professor of geography; lecturer in spatial analysis; senior lecturer in international development (joint with the Development Institute); and 3 teaching fellows.  Closing date 30th March.

(25 February)  WIREs Climate Change: Latest issue Vol.7(2). The latest issue of WIREs ClimaWIREs Climate Changete Change is now available on-line.  The 9 review articles in this issue include Suzana Camargo and Allison Wing on tropical cyclones in climate models, Joyeta Gupta on global climate governance, Jonna Nyman and Jinghan Zeng on securitization in Chinese energy and climate politics and Adeline Johns-Putra on climate change in literature and literary criticism.  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.

(25 February)  ‘Governing climate after the Paris Agreement’Find here a summary of this King’s Climate Dialogue which took place on Wednesday 24 February, in which I chair a discussion panel consisting of Oliver Geden, Harriet Bulkeley, Eva Lovbrand and Mark Pelling.

(2 February)  ‘1.5C and climate research after the Paris Agreement‘.  Read my commentary in Nature Climate Change, published yesterday.

(7 December)  NEW manuscript: My colleague Martin Mahony and I have written this paper which is presently under review for publication in the journal Minerva – ‘Modelling and the nation: institutionalising climate prediction in the UK, 1988-1992‘.


My H-Index is 49 as of March 2016, based on Scopus (H-Index is 72 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:  7 March 2016