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Key Research Interests and Expertise
- Environmental geography
- Historical and cultural geography
- Science and Technology Studies (STS)
- Politics of the Anthropcene
- Cultures of mobility
- Visual culture
- Modern history
I'm a human geographer interested in environmental change and in how science and technology intersect with politics and power. I've worked extensively on the politics of climate change and on the interface between environmental science and policy-making. I've also developed a longer, historical take on these relationships, and recently completed a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship project entitled 'Imperial weather: meteorology and the making of 20th century colonialism'.
I am currently extending this research, while developing new projects on the changing role of expertise in post-Paris climate governance and on the implications of the concept of the 'Anthropocene' for the discipline of geography. On the latter topic, I am currently contracted to write a book for Routledge's Key Ideas in Geography series.
Research Group Membership
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- the intersections of science, technology and society around issues such as climate change
- history of the environmental sciences
- historical and cultural geographies of environmental change
- science and empire, particularly in relation to the atmospheric and environmental sciences
I teach on a range of modules within the School, particularly on the BA and BSc Geography programmes, and am Course Director for BA Geography.
I lead a 3rd year undergraduate module called 'New Geographies of the Anthropocene' (ENV-6032A).
My office hours are Wednesday, 11:00-13:00.
My background is in geography and science & technology studies (STS). I studied geography at the University of Oxford before completing an MRes in Environmental Social Science at UEA in 2010. I completed my PhD in the Science, Society & Sustainability (3S) Research Group in 2013, with a thesis which examined what I called the epistemic geographies of climate change. Some of my recent thinking on that topic is captured in this recent paper. Following my PhD I was a Research Associate for two years in the Department of Geography at King’s College London, before taking up a Fellowship in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham. It was at King’s and at Nottingham that I extended my interest in the knowledge politics of weather and climate into the historical realm, and part of my ongoing project is to examine what the history of science, empire and internationalism can teach us about the politics of the Anthropocene.
I've also held visiting fellowships at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Institute for Advanced Study on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation (MECS) at Leuphana University, Germany.
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Mahony, M. (ed.) & Randalls, S. (ed.), Mar 2020, University of Pittsburgh Press. 360 p. (Intersections: Histories of Environment, Science, and Technology in the Anthropocene)
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Mahony, M., Jul 2019, In : Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 109, 4, p. 1279-1299 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile6 Citations (Scopus)6 Downloads (Pure)
Mahony, M. & Hulme, M., 1 Jun 2018, In : Progress in Human Geography. 42, 3, p. 395-424
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile54 Citations (Scopus)25 Downloads (Pure)
Mahony, M., 2 Dec 2021, Placing Internationalism: International Conferences and the Making of the Modern World. Legg, S., Heffernan, M., Hodder, J. & Thorpe, B. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 116-139 24 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Effectively empowering: A different look at bolstering the effectiveness of global environmental assessmentsMaas, T., Montana, J., van der Hel, S., Kowarsch, M., Tuinstra, W., Schoolenberg, M., Mahony, M., Lucas, P., Kok, M., Bakkes, J. & Turnhout, E., Sep 2021, In : Environmental Science & Policy. 123, p. 210-219 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)8 Downloads (Pure)