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Professor Mike Hulme (1960 - current )

Mike Hulme was born in London in 1960.

He is Professor of Climate and Culture in the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy at King’s College London where he convenes the King’s Climate research group. His work explores the idea of climate change using historical, cultural and scientific analyses, seeking to illuminate the numerous ways in which climate change is deployed in public and political discourse. He believes it is important to understand and describe the varied ideological, political and ethical work that the idea of climate change is currently performing across different social worlds.

His research interests are therefore concerned with representations of climate change in history, culture and the media; with the relationship between climate and society, including adaptation; with how knowledge of climate change is constructed (especially through the IPCC); and with the interactions between climate change knowledge and policy. He welcomes approaches from graduate students seeking to study for a PhD in any of these areas in either the social sciences or the arts and humanities.

Academic Qualifications, Prizes and Esteem

  • 2012 Editor’s Award, Bulletin American Meteorological Society, American Meteorological Society, for the most insightful reviewer’s comments of the year
  • 2010 Joint Winner, Gerald L Young Human Ecology ‘Book Award of the Year’ for Why We Disagree About Climate Change
  • 2009 One of The Economist’s four science & technology ‘Books of the Year’ for Why We Disagree About Climate Change
  • 2007 Personalised certificate for ‘contributing significantly’ to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • 1995 Hugh Robert Mill Prize from the Royal Meteorological Society for contributions to the understanding and analysis of precipitation
  • 1985 PhD in Applied Climatology, University of Wales, Swansea
    Thesis title: Secular Climatic and Hydrological Change in Central Sudan
  • 1981 BSc (Hons.) Geography, class IIi, University of Durham, UK


  • 2013-present Professor of Climate and Culture, Department of Geography, King’s College London, UK
  • 2002-2013 Professor of Climate Change, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA, Norwich, UK
  • 2000-2007 Director, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, UK
  • 1998-2000 Reader, Climatic Research Unit, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA, Norwich, UK
  • 1988-1997 Senior Research Associate, Climatic Research Unit, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA,  Norwich, UK
  • 1986 Visiting British Council Lecturer, University of Zimbabwe, Harare
  • 1984-1988 Lecturer in Geography, University of Salford, UK