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Key Research Interests

  • Environmental geography
  • Historical and cultural geography
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS) and history of science
  • Politics of climate change and the Anthropcene
  • Risk and disasters
  • Cultures of mobility
  • Visual culture

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, looking at how sciences like meteorology and volcanology developed and were to put work in colonial settings in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

My work has been published in a range of leading journals in geography, history and science and technology studies (STS). I have published two co-edited books: Weather, Climate, and the Geographical Imagination (University of PIttsburgh Press) and Cultures of Prediction in Atmospheric and Climate Science (Routledge). I am currently working on a monograph titled Anthropocene for Routledge's Key Ideas in Geography series. 

Research Group or Lab Membership

Postgraduate Research Opportunities

If you are interested in PhD opportunities in the areas listed below, please get in touch. I'm always happy to talk about proposals for SeNSS and CHASE studentships. 

  • 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've recently supervised:

  • Elliot Honeybun-Arnolda, whose thesis 'Scientising the environment: the School of Environmental Sciences, UEA, 1967-1990' examined the historical emergence and evolution of the 'environmental sciences' as a new interdisciplinary field, using our very own ENV as a case study. He's now in postdoctoral employment in the 3S Group, working on energy and water politics. 

I'm currently supervising:

  • Ruth Larbey, who's working on knowledge networks and political debates around afforestation and climate change
  • Chiara Ruggieri-Mitchell, who's studying the practices and politics of decolonisation in the environmental sciences
  • Iona Macduff, based in UEA's School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC), who's developing new narrative approaches to migration and bordering in the Anthropocene 
  • Conrad George, who's based at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and is working on the climate science-policy interface

 

Teaching Interests

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). Part of this involves students collaboratively building a pop-up 'Museum of the Anthropocene'. A selection of exhibits from previous years can now be found in an online version, hosted by ClimateCultures.

Biography

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. 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. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Keywords

  • Geography (General)
  • Cultural, historical and environmental geography
  • history and sociology of science
  • environmental governance

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