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James  Porter

James Porter

  • Teaching fellows

Teaching Fellow in Human Geography

Research subject areas

  • Geography and the environment
  • Environment
  • Biomedical and life sciences

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James is a Human Geography Teaching Fellow who returned to King’s in 2017. His work takes a truly interdisciplinary approach, learning the scientific practices of different fields from flood risk modelling and climate change projections to neuroscience techniques, to understand the real concerns faced by scientists, policymakers, and everyone in-between, in the construction and use of knowledge. After securing an ESRC-funded studentship, his PhD at King’s College London focused on the role science and politics play in floodplain development (and why we continue to build in risky places). For his PostDoc, he joined a Wellcome Trust project to explore how neuroscientists cope with doing controversial research, before taking up an ERC research fellowship at the University of Leeds to trace how climate knowledge is produced and used in adaptation decision-making. Most recently, he has worked as research fellow on an ESPRC project at the University of Sheffield, to understand why collaborative-innovation in water often fail.


  • Flood risk management and climate change adaptation
  • Environmental science and policymaking
  • Experts and decision-support tools