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.
Latest posts (2 February 2016)
(2 February) ‘1.5C and climate research after the Paris Agreement‘ Read my commentary in Nature Climate Change, published yesterday.
(1 February) ‘Governing climate after the Paris Agreement’. A public King’s Climate Dialogue on Wednesday 24 February at 6.30pm, in which I chair a discussion panel consisting of Oliver Geden, Harriet Bulkeley, Eva Lovbrand and Mark Pelling. Full details here, including free registration.
(30 December) WIREs Climate Change: Latest issue Vol.7(1). The latest issue of WIREs Climate Change is now available on-line. The 10 review articles in this issue include Peter Stott and colleagues on attributing weather extremes to human causes, Michael Svoboda on cli-fi movies, Kevin Walsh and colleagues on tropical cyclones and climate change and Elke Weber on what shapes perceptions of climate change? 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.
(14 December) ‘Living with climate change, with or without the Paris Agreement‘. My reflections on the outcome of COP21 in Paris.
(7 December) NEW manuscript: My colleague Martin Mahony and I have written this paper which is presently under review for publication – ‘Modelling and the nation: institutionalising climate prediction in the UK, 1988-1992‘.
My H-Index is 48 as of December 2015, 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).
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: 1 February 2016