About Me

Mike Hulme

I am Professor of Human Geography in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge.  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.

Most recently I was in the Department of Geography at King’s College London (2013-2017), where I was Head of Department, and before that I worked at the University of East Anglia in the School of Environmental Sciences (1988-2013).  During this time I was a member of the Climatic Research Unit (1988-2000) and then the founding Director (2000-2007) of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.  My recent CV (autumn 2016) is posted here and I have also posted a research narrative offering a personal account of my career to 2011, 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 hereMy H-Index is 54 as of August 2017, based on Scopus (H-Index is 80 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).

Last updated:  6 September 2017