Dr George Adamson
Reader in Climate and Society
Dr George Adamson moved to King's in 2013, having studied and worked in the Geography, History and Earth Science departments at the Universities of Manchester, Brighton and Sussex.
He brings this interdisciplinary background to his research, which focuses on the complex relationships between climate and society. Since 2016, he has also convened King's Climate Research Hub, a multidisciplinary research cluster focused on questions at the intersection of climate science and society.
He is chair of the postgraduate Faculty Assessment Board in the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy.
- Cultural readings of climate, and cultural interventions in climate change
- The application of Science & Technology Studies (STS) to climate change
- Historical climatology: incorporating climate reconstruction, long-term determinants of vulnerability, and history of climate science
George's research focuses on the complex relationships between climate and society. As a physical scientist, he tries to understand long-term variability in climate over the last few centuries, particularly in the tropics. As a social scientist, he is interested in the way that societies live within climate variability, particularly how institutions create social vulnerability to climate-related hazards.
Lastly, adopting theories from Science and Technology Studies, he researches how societies 'construct' climate, both through the production of scientific knowledge and through cultural practices that create the 'idea' of climate.
His research is located primarily in India and the UK, with a particular focus on the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO).
- 5SSG2061 Geographical Research Skills
- 6SSG3073 Critical Geographies of Climate Change (Module Convenor)
- 7SSG5210 Climate: Science and Society (Module Coordinator)
- 7SSGN226 Critical Cases in Risk, Disasters and Resilience
George would be happy to supervise students in any of the following areas:
- Politics of climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction
- History and philosophy of climate science
- Historical climatology
- Public understanding of climate change