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Hazards and Risk Research Group

Samuel Tang


PhD Student

King’s Centre for Risk Management,
King’s College London,
Room K4L.04,
King’s Building,
Strand, London WC2R 2LS,
United Kingdom



Organisational Cultures and Behaviors of Climate Change Reporting 


Professor David Demeritt and Dr Henry Rothstein


ESRC studentship from the King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS-DTC).

In January 2012, Samuel was awarded a Graduate School Conference Fund Grant by King’s College London.


Samuel is exploring the domain of corporate environmental reporting with a particular focus on the practice of climate change reporting and its effects on organisational cultures and behaviors. The research will investigate and address the following objectives:

  1. Identify and describe the patterns of, processes of and approaches to climate change reporting in the UK business community.
  2. Explain reasons for observed variations in climate change reporting and organisational behavior.
  3. Consider the implications of reporting for organisational responses to climate change.


Samuel Tang studied BSc Geography at the University of Exeter (UK) and was awarded a first class with honours. Following his first degree he continued his studies at the University of Exeter (UK) where he graduated with an MSc in Sustainable Development. In September 2011, Samuel joined the Department of Geography at King's College London after being awarded an ESRC studentship by the King's Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS-DTC).

Samuel is also an an affiliated PhD student to Project ICAD at the University of Leeds. The project aims to significantly advance knowledge systems to enable society to adapt effectively to an uncertain climate. The programme is divided into two domains: a) Understanding climate information needs across society and; b) The social status of techno-scientific knowledge in adaptation to climate change.

His research interests include: institutional governance of climate change; the science-policy interface, its interactions and implications for mitigating and adapting to climate change; how science is communicated in society, between stakeholders from multiple-spheres; and the public perception of risk and climate change.


Forthcoming: Tang, S., Dessai, S., and Porter, J. Exploring multiple stakeholder engagement in the generation of science being used as decision support.

Tang, S. and Dessai, S. (2012). Usable science? The UK Climate Projections 2009 and decision support for adaptation planning Weather, Climate and Society 4(4): 300-313. © Copyright 2012 AMS

Porter, J.; Dessai, S. and Tang, S. (2012) Climate Scenarios, Decision-Making and Uncertainty: Do Users Need What They Want? Policy and Practice Note 1, Project ICAD.

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