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 (30 June 2015)
(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.
(14 June) NEW Publication. “Framing global biodiversity. IPBES between Mother Earth and ecosystem services” published on-line in Environmental Science and Policy with my PhD student Maud Borie.
(13 June) WIREs Climate Change: Latest issue Vol.6(4). The latest issue of WIREs Climate Change is now available on-line. The 6 review articles in this issue include Marc Davidson on climate change and the ethics of discounting, Linda Walsh on the visual rhetoric of climate change, Lisa Dilling and colleagues on why adapting for climate variability will not always be the same as adapting for climate change and Chris Russill on the tipping point metaphor in climate change discourse and communication. 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.
(27 May) NEW Publication. “Better weather? The cultivation of the sky” published Open-Access in Cultural Anthropology.
(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 = 45 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: 30 June 2015