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.
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 (4 March 2014)
(3 March) Upcoming talks. On Tuesday 8 April I will be speaking at the opening Presidential Session – ‘Geographies of climate change’ – of the Association of American Geographers Conference in Tampa, Florida. And on Wednesday 7 May I will be speaking at the Annaberger Klimatage Festival in Germany.
(2 March) I have a short commentary on the Section ‘Culture and climate change communication’ in this newly published book, ‘Culture, politics and climate change: how information shapes our common future‘ (eds.) Crow,D.A. and Boykoff,M.T., Routledge, 252pp.
(17 February) WIREs Climate Change: Latest issue Vol.5(2). The latest issue of WIREs Climate Change is now available on-line. The 9 review articles in this issue include an opinion article about whether climate change mitigation can harm poor countries (by Michael Jakob & Jan Christoph Steckel), a review of climate change and apocalyptic faith (Stefan Skrimshire), a review of climate change and Australia (Lesley Head and colleagues), and a focus article on the use of the climate emergency frame for justifying climate engineering (Nils Markusson and colleagues). 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.
(6 February) ‘Can climate change be seen?’ You can see here my short remarks on this question which I prepared for a screening of the movie Chasing Ice, which was shown at King’s College London on Monday evening this week. The SoundCloud of the full public event, with supporting material, is available here.
(4 February) ‘Global warming is dead; long live global heating?’ Together with Brigitte Nerlich and Warren Pearce, I explore the changing language of climate change, prompted by the hiatus in global temperature. This is posted as part of the Making Science Public programme at the University of Nottingham.
(9 January) German translation of “Why We Disagree …”Streitfall Klimawandel: warum wir uns in Kontroversen verlieren und dabei versaumen, das Klima zu retten” will be published in March by Oekom Verlag, München, price €25.
My H-Index is 40 as of March 2014 (based on Thomson’s Web of Knowledge; see my ResearcherID; H Index = 41 in Scopus; H-Index is 66 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: 4 March 2014