Mike Hulme, professor of climate change and culture at King’s College London, will address public perceptions of climate change at the next Signature Lecture at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

“The Public Life of Climate Change: The First 25 Years,” will take place from 7–9 p.m. on Thursday, October 24. This event is co-sponsored by CIGI and the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

In September 2013, Hulme joined the Department of Geography at King’s College London, following 25 years at the University of East Anglia.  A key contributor to the global climate change conversation, he has served on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change from 1995 to 2001, and has advised the European Union, the U.K. government, and private and third sector organizations on climate change. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal papers, 3 books and over 40 book chapters on climate change topics, together with over 270 reports and popular articles.

At CIGI, Hulme will examine the past 25 years of climate change, and challenge the presumption that forms of policy intervention will yield tangible public benefits. Rather, based on how climate change has been dealt with to date, he will suggest new ways of how to deal with climate change not as an environmental phenomenon but as a forceful idea which carries creative potential.

CIGI invites media to cover this free public Signature Lecture. Members of the media can register in advance by emailing Declan Kelly, CIGI communications specialist, at [email protected]. Members of the public who want to attend in person can find more information, including how to register, by visiting: http://www.cigionline.org/events/public-life-of-climate-change-first-25-years. Those who are not in Waterloo or who want to watch the lecture from home can view the live-webcast at no cost by visiting the same link for registration. 

Event: CIGI Signature Lecture — “The Public Life of Climate Change: The First 25 Years,” with Mike Hulme, Professor of Climate and Culture, King’s College London

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013

Time: 7–9 p.m.

The CIGI Campus Auditorium
67 Erb St. West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Mike Hulme is Professor of Climate and Culture in the Department of Geography at King’s College London, following 25 years at the University of East Anglia (UEA).  From 2000 to 2007 he was the Founding Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, based at UEA. Since 2007 he has been the founding editor-in-chief of the review journal Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs) Climate Change. His next book will be Can Science Fix Climate Change? (Polity Press, 2014), a critique of solar climate engineering as a response to climate change. His earlier books include Exploring Climate Change Through Science and In Society (Routledge, 2013), Making Climate Change Work For Us (co-edited, CUP, 2010) and Why We Disagree About Climate Change (CUP, 2009), chosen by The Economist magazine as one of its science and technology books of the year.  He also co-edited Climates of the British Isles (Routledge, 1997). Hulme studied geography at the University of Durham and at University of Wales, Swansea.

Declan Kelly, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7356, Email: [email protected]

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit www.cigionline.org.


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