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):

  • ‘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’
  • ‘Understanding adaptation to climate in the UK: 1800-2000’
  • ‘How is the IPCC’s consensus made?’
  • ‘‘Normal’ and ‘abnormal’ climates: understanding their social, psychological and statistical constructions’
  • ‘Weather forecasts in the British print media: 1859-2010’

Current and Forthcoming 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

Maximilian Hepach (started October 2018: funded by AHRC and Cambridge European Scholarship): Is climate real?  Developing a realist phenomenology of climate

David Durand-Delacre (started October 2018: funded by Cambridge European Scholarship): The making of the ‘climate migrant: an analysis of a circulating label

Friederike Hartz (commencing October 2020: funded by AHRC and Pembroke College): The epistemic and political effectiveness of facts about climate “Loss and Damage” in transnational settings

Madeline Hahne (commencing October 2021: funded by Gates Foundation): The role of religious reasoning in resisting the claims of
anthropogenic climate change among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints