I 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.
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 (3 December 2013)
(2 December) PhD Studentships available in climate history and culture. King’s College London is part of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for Doctoral Training Awards for 2014-15 entry. If you are an EU citizen with a 1st class Honours degree and a Masters and have ideas to study for a PhD on some aspect of the relationships between climate, history and culture I would be pleased to hear from you. Deadline is the end of January 2014.
(28 November) Upcoming talks. On Monday 16 December 2013, I give the Alexander von Humboldt Lecture at the University of Nijmegen, ‘Who governs the climate? – agency, knowledge and the limits of democracy’. I will be speaking at the opening Presidential Session – ‘Geographies of climate change’ - of the Association of American Geographers Conference in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday 8 April 2014.
(7 November) I have been awarded a Carson Writing Fellowship for 2014 at the Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. This is a personal award and will allow me to spend 5 months from April-September 2014 as a Fellow of the Center. The Rachel Carson Center is part of a funding scheme launched by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) that was devised to internationalize the humanities in Germany. Carson Fellows are expected to work in residence on a major research project that pertains to one or more of the Center’s research themes.
(31 October) This book from Yale University Press - ‘The future of nature: documents of global change’ - is newly published. It contains a commentary by me on John Tyndall’s original 1859 experiments into the greenhouse effect and also includes an abridged version of my 2011 Osiris article ‘Reducing the future to climate’, which draws a commentary from the book’s editors, Libby Robin, Sverker Sorlin and Paul Warde.
(16 October) WIREs Climate Change: Latest issue Vol.4(6). The latest issue of WIREs Climate Change is now available on-line. The 9 review articles in this issue include reviews of: the politics of carbon trading in Australia (by Kate Crowley); urban climatology (by Vlad Jankovic); climate change and ecosystem services (by Beatriz Rodriguez-Labajos); and a re-framing of climate change negotiations drawing lessons from policy on tuberculosis (by Peter Heywood). Access to the journal is through institutional subscription, so make sure you have asked your institutional library to subscribe.
My H-Index is 40 as of September 2013 (based on Thomson’s Web of Knowledge; see my ResearcherID; H Index = 38 in Scopus). 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: 2 December 2013