Mike Hulme cropped condensedI 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 (8 April 2014)

(8 April)  “Climate Change: One, or Many?“  On Tuesday 8 April I gave a talk in the opening Presidential Session of the Association of American Geographers Conference in Tampa, Florida.  The slides from the talk are available here.

(7 April)  Upcoming talks. On Wednesday 7 May I will be speaking at the Annaberger Klimatage Festival in Germany and on Wednesday 20 August I shall be speaking on the topic of ‘a critique of climate emergencies’ at the Climate Engineering Conference in Berlin.Hulme-CanScienceFixClimateChange?

(5 April)  NEW Book:  ‘Can science fix climate change?  A case against climate engineering’ is now published by Polity Press and is available paperback at £9.99.

(4 April)  NEW Publication:  This study of the history of the IPCC’s ‘burning embers’ diagram, newly incarnated in the AR5 WG2 Report’s Summary for Policy Makers, has just been published in Birgit Schneider and Thomas Nocke’s new book ‘Image politics of climate change’ … Mahony,M. and Hulme,M. (2014)  The colour of risk: expert judgement and diagrammatic reasoning in the IPCC’s ‘burning embers’  pp.105-126 in ‘Image politics of climate change: visualisations, imaginations, documentations  (eds.) Schneider,B. and Nocke,T., Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, Germany, 388pp.

(3 April)  German translation of “Why We Disagree …”Streitfall Klimawandel: warum wir uns in Kontroversen verlieren und dabei versaumen, das Klima zu retten” is now published by Oekom Verlag, München, price €25.

(17 February)  WIREs Climate Change: Latest issue Vol.5(2). The latest issue of WIREs ClimaWIREs Climate Changete 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.

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).

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: 8 April 2014