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):

  • ‘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?’
  • ‘Discourses of climate change and conflict: where, why, with what effect?’
  • ‘‘Normal’ and ‘abnormal’ climates: understanding their social, psychological and statistical constructions’
  • ‘Weather forecasts in the British print media: 1859-2010’


Current PhD students:

Ramya Tella (started October 2015; self-funded):  Knowledge, statecraft and the stage: the performance of authority and credibility in Indian climate politics