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Professor Mike Hulme

Professor Mike Hulme


Professor of Climate & Culture


Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2487

Department of Geography
King's College London
K4L.07 King's Building
Strand Campus

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Podcast: Comment IPCC podast

Research Interests

  • relationships between climate, history and culture
  • cultural and scientific knowledge of climate and its changes
  • climate engineering
  • public meanings and representations of the idea of climate-change
  • my work draws upon theories and methods from science and technology studies, geographies of science, cultural geography, political philosophy and environmental history.

I launched a new MA in Climate Change: History, Culture, Society in 2015/6, which introduces students to these ideas and their importance. My next book will be Weathered: A Cultural Geography of Climate (SAGE, 2016) which explores how different cultures around the world make sense of their weather and climate. 


I joined King’s in September 2013 as professor of climate and culture.  I am the author of Climates and Cultures (edited, SAGE, 2015), Can Science Fix Climate Change? A Case Against Climate Engineering (Polity Press, 2014), Exploring Climate Change Through Science and In Society (Routledge, 2013), Making Climate Change Work For Us (co-edited, CUP, 2010) and Why We Disagree About Climate Change (CUP, 2009), chosen by The Economist magazine as one of its science and technology books of the year.  I also co-edited Climates of the British Isles (Routledge, 1997).  Since 2007 I have been the founding Editor-in-Chief of the review journal Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs) Climate Change

I studied geography at the University of Durham (BSc, 1981), where I researched changes in British winter weather, and at University of Wales, Swansea (PhD, 1985), during which time I studied climate-society relations in Sudan. I lectured in physical geography (climate change, desertification) at the University of Salford (1984-1988), before working as a senior research associate in the Climatic Research Unit in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA (1988-2000). I served on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1995 to 2001 and have advised the EU Commission, the UK Government, international agencies and many private and third sector organisations about climate change.  From 2000 to 2007 I was the Founding Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

My personal statement on climate change is online (pdf).

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