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 (23 November 2015)

(23 November)  NEW Book chapter.  ‘Knowledge pluralism‘ has now been published as Chapter 49 in Backstrand,K. and Lovbrand,E. (2015)  Research Handbook on Climate Governance  Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 630pp.

(23 November)  My inaugural lecture at King’s College London – ‘Studying climate and its changes: in places, with numbers, through myths’ – is now available as a podcast here, with slides available at Academia.Edu here.

(22 November)  5 NEW papers now published.  The following five papers are now all published on-line: Turnhout,E., Dewulf,A. and Hulme,M. (2016)  ‘What does policy-relevant global environmental knowledge do? The cases of climate and biodiversityCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability  18, 65-72; Hulme,M. (2015) ‘(Still) Disagreeing about climate change: what way forward?Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science  50(4), 893-905; Hulme,M. (2015)  ‘Finding the message of the Pope’s Encyclical‘  Environment  57(6), 16-19;  Hulme,M. (2015)  ‘Changing what exactly, and from where? A response to Castree‘  Dialogues in Human Geography  5(3), 322-326; Borie,M. and Hulme,M. (2015)  ‘Framing global biodiversity: IPBES between Mother Earth and ecosystem services‘  Environmental Science & Policy  54, 487-496.

(11 November)  Top 20 ‘most influential books’.  For their academic book week, Cambridge University Press have selected 20 books that have most “influenced policy-making, contributed to social change and altered the intellectual landscape“.  Included in their top 20, alongside Plato, Chomsky and Hobsbawm, is Why We Disagree About Climate, published by CUP in 2009.

(26 October)  WIREs Climate Change: Latest issue Vol.6(6). The latest issue of WIREs ClimaWIREs Climate Changete Change is now available on-line.  The 8 review articles in this issue include Warren Pearce and colleagues on communicating climate change, Richard Friend and Marcus Moench on urban climate resilience and George Adamson on extracting historical climate information from private diaries.  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.


My H-Index is 44 as of September 2015 (based on Thomson’s Web of Knowledge; see my ResearcherID; H Index = 46 in Scopus; H-Index is 71 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:  23 November 2015