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Biography

Biography

Dr James Porter is a lecturer in Human Geography, who is interested in climate change adaptation science and decision-making, flood risk management and modelling, and science-policy debates.

James completed his BA, MRes, and PhD at King's. His PhD research focused on the how flood risk science and policy come to shape one another through the management of flood risk (and therein why we continue to build properties in risky places).

In 2012, James took up a European Research Council (ERC) research fellowship at the University of Leeds as part of the ICAD Project. The research focused on how climate change adaptation knowledge is produced, the challenges faced, and the extent to which that knowledge informs decision-making.

In 2016, James joined the Twenty-65 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as a research fellow at the University of Sheffield, to explore how different actors work together (and more pointedly the barriers they face in doing that) around water innovation.

Research Interests

  • Flood risk management, modelling and policy;
  • Climate change adaptation science and decision-making;
  • Environmental science and policymaking;
  • Experts, judgement, and decision-support tools.

James is an environmental geographer whose research focuses on the complex relationship between environmental knowledge, expertise and decision-making, particularly in the context of science and policy with regard to climate adaptation services and flood risk management.

He has worked closely with climate scientists, for instance, involved in the production of climate information, as well as a wide range of decision-makers who have used that information, to understand the challenges faced by each so as to better understand climate inaction.

Teaching

James is the co-director of the MSc Climate Change: Science and Policy degree programme and serves as the module convener on the policy pathway. He contributes to both the undergraduate and postgraduate modules, on environmental knowledge, risk management to research skills. He currently contributes to the following modules:

Masters

Undergraduate