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 

Noam Obermeister (started October 2018: ESRC-funded): Exploring the role of negotiations and tacit expectations in expert advice – the case of environmental science-policy in the UK

Maximilian Hepach (started October 2018: funded by AHRC and Cambridge European Scholarship): Under the weather: towards a phenomenological genealogy of weather and climate

David Durand-Delacre (started October 2018: funded by Cambridge European Scholarship): Environmental influences on African migration to France: a participative critical discourse analysis


Research MPhil students:

Luke Dell (started October 2018: self-funding): A historical study of extreme weather risk perceptions in the UK

Christian Schatz (started October 2018: Harvard-Pembroke Scholarship): Migrant agricultural workers’ understandings of climate