Prospective PhD Students

I am interested to receive approaches from students who would like to study for a PhD with me in the areas of the cultural history of climate change, STS approaches to studying climate science and knowledge, representations and discourses of climate in the media, and the philosophy of climate and climate change.  Please state clearly your areas of interest.  General information about applying for PhD study in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge can be found here.

The following are examples of PhD topics which would interest me (contact me at <> for further information about these and other projects):

  • ‘Climategate and the remaking of climate science’
  • ‘Colonial knowledges and the making of African climate’
  • ‘The UK summer of 1976: an environmental history’
  • ‘Following the numbers: the origins and mobility of “sticky” numbers in climate change politics’
  • ‘How global temperature was made’
  • ‘Understanding adaptation to climate in the UK: 1800-2000’
  • ‘Weather forecasts in the British print media: 1859-2010’

Current PhD students:

Noam Obermeister (started October 2018: ESRC-funded): What and how do experts learn from their encounters with the policy world?  The case of environmental expert advice in the UK

David Durand-Delacre (started October 2018; submitted May 2022: funded by Cambridge European Scholarship): Epistemic mobilities of climate migration: A French case study

Friederike Hartz (started October 2020: funded by AHRC and Pembroke College): An investigation into the political philosophy of the IPCC using notions of responsibility

Madeleine Ary Hahne (started October 2021: funded by Gates Foundation): Building Zion in the Anthropocene: The complex ways religion and geography inform climate belief