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Professor David Demeritt

Professor David Demeritt


Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2622

Department of Geography
King's College London 
K4L.10 King's Building 
Strand Campus 

Research Interests

  • flood risk management and climate change
  • risk communication, regulation and governance
  • environmental politics and policy


David Demeritt is Professor of Geography, best known for his ability to bridge the discipline’s human-physical divide. He has extensive practical experience of senior university management, of incubating and leading multidisciplinary environmental research projects, and of successfully collaborating with partners in government, NGOs, and industry.

An American ex-pat, he did degrees in history (BA) and Quaternary science (MSc) at the University of Maine before moving into geography and completing his PhD at the University of British Columbia. After doing a post-doc on climate change policy with Environment Canada, he took up a geography lectureship at Bristol University before coming to King's in 1999.

David is currently one of the editors for Environment and Planning A and a member of the NERC Peer Review College, having served a previous term on NERC's PRC , having served a previous term on NERC's PRC (2007-10) and on the ESRC Grants Assessment Panel (2010-15). He also serves on the Steering Group for the Government's Natural Hazards Partnership and on the Theme Advisory Group for the DEFRA/Environment Agency Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management R&D Programme.

Within King’s he has served as Head of Graduate Studies in SSPP and as the PI and first Director of the King's Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS-DTC).


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