Knowing like a global expert organisation

Synthesising nearly 10 years of primary research, including two PhD theses (Maud Borie and Martin Mahony) and a MSc thesis (Noam Obermeister), our systemic comparison of the ‘knowledge ways’ of the IPCC and IPBES is today published in the journal Global Environmental Change. We propose the concept of institutional epistemology to capture how particular knowledge […]

‘Climate change forever: the future of an idea’

This new essay (Vol. 136(1-4): 118-122) has appeared in the Special 2020 Issue of The Scottish Geographical Journal ‘Climate change, COP and the crucible of crisis‘. Abstract: The idea of a changing climate has been present in most cultural formations throughout recorded history, and yet the latter decades of the twentieth century animated the idea […]

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

My updated entry on the IPCC has been published (September 2020) in the International Encyclopedia of Geography (from Wiley) Abstract: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was constituted by the United Nations in 1988 to conduct periodic assessments of scientific knowledge pertaining to climate change. To date it has published five full?scale assessment reports, […]

Climate Emergency Politics is Dangerous

Read my latest essay in Issues in Science & Technology, Volume 36, Fall 2019 Issue. Summary: Declarations of emergencies create ‘states of exception,’ often justified by governments under conditions of war, insurrection, or terrorist threat.  Emergencies promise the mass...