Dr Hannah Hughes

Dr Hannah Hughes

Senior Lecturer in International Politics and Climate Change

Department of International Politics

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My research and teaching are motivated by a deep concern for the state of the environment and the political, economic and social institutions that produce and sustain degrading human and planetary relations. I have explored this through the role and relationship between knowledge, power and environmental action in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and collaboratively with Dr Alice Vadrot in the the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), conceptualising these global assessment bodies as sites where negotiations of climate change and biodiversity start. My research is informed by the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu and I am particularly interested in the reproduction of social order and the methodological innovation and the ethical stakes of undertaking this form of scholarship.

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Office: 2.08 International Politics Building

Office hours: Monday 3-5pm


Co-Investigator ESRC project: The Politics of Science in International Climate Cooperation


Hughes, H 2024, 'Actors, activities, and forms of authority in the IPCC', Review of International Studies, vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 333-353. 10.1017/S0260210523000207
Hughes, H & Vadrot, ABM 2023, A Broadened Understanding of Global Environmental Negotiations. in Conducting Research on Global Environmental Agreement-Making. Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-22. 10.1017/9781009179454.002
Hughes, H 2023, 'Circular relations between climate knowledge and action: A reply to ‘Why do climate negotiations stall? Scientific evidence and solutions for some structural problems’, by Ulrich Frey and Jazmin Burgess', Global Discourse, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 176-182. 10.1332/204378921X16836997741580
Hughes, H & Vadrot, ABM 2023, Concepts: Selecting, Applying and Innovating Concepts. in Conducting Research on Global Environmental Agreement-Making. 10.1017/9781009179454.005
Vadrot, ABM & Hughes, H 2023, Conclusions: Reflecting on the Future (Study) of Global Environmental Agreement-Making. in Conducting Research on Global Environmental Agreement-Making. Cambridge University Press. 10.1017/9781009179454.016
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