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My work can be split into two main strands.

I look at how climate discourse has emerged as an important societal phenomenon through resonances with wider events. Most notably, I have uncovered the co-option of several high-profile climate events by policy entrepreneurs during a period of financial crisis in the early 1970s, with charismatic orators drawing a causal link between long-term climatic change and rising domestic food prices in the United States.

I also investigate how the atmosphere has come to materially affect everyday lives through the use of climate and weather information by utilities administrators. For example, I investigate how integrated atmosphere-energy systems exhibit emergent vulnerabilities under the pressures of consumer demand.

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Working Atmospheres: Atmosphere-Supply Systems in Post-War UK, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM)

Sep 2019Sep 2022

Award Date: 14 Dec 2022

Master of Science, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM)

Sep 2018Sep 2019

Master of Physics

Sep 2014Jun 2018

External positions

Research Assistant, University of Copenhagen

30 Jun 2022 → …

European Representative, International Commission for the History of Meteorology

1 Jan 2022 → …

Areas of expertise

  • D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
  • History of Science and Technology
  • History of Climate Studies
  • History of Climate and Society
  • History of Physics
  • Economic History of Climate
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • History of Energy
  • Atmosphere-Supply Studies

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures


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