• 01.10 Sciences

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Decolonising the environmental sciences: histories, practices, futures: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/decolonising-the-environmental-sciences-histories-practices-futures-mahonym-u22sciec/?p135755 Border stories: geographies of vulnerability in the Anthropocene - (in competition for Leverhulme Critical Decade for Climate Change studentship): https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/border-stories-geographies-of-vulnerability-in-the-anthropocene-smith-ldc22cdcc/?p137021

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Personal profile

Key Research Interests and Expertise

  • Environmental geography
  • Historical and cultural geography
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS) and history of science
  • Politics of climate change and the Anthropcene
  • 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, 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

PGR Opportunities

I currently have two projects in competitions for funded studentships:

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


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).

My office hours are Tuesday, 11:00-13:00, in SCI 01.10 (Building 5).


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. 

Areas Of Expertise

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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


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