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.


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


Hughes, H 2022, Governments. in K De Pryck & M Hulme (eds), A Critical Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, pp. 79-87. 10.1017/9781009082099.012
Hughes, H, Vadrot, A, Allan, JI, Bach, T, Bansard, JS, Chasek, P, Gray, N, Langlet, A, Leiter, T, Marion Suiseeya, KR, Martin, B, Paterson, M, Ruiz-Rodríguez, SC, Wysocki, ITV, Tolis, V, Thew, H, Gonçalves, MV & Yamineva, Y 2021, 'Global environmental agreement-making: Upping the methodological and ethical stakes of studying negotiations', Earth System Governance, vol. 10, 100121. 10.1016/j.esg.2021.100121
Hughes, H 2020, The Global Environment. in X Guillaume & P Bilgin (eds), Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology. 1 edn, Taylor & Francis, pp. 136-144. 10.4324/9781315446486-13
Hughes, H & Vadrot, ABM 2019, 'Weighting the world: IPBES and the struggle over biocultural diversity', Global Environmental Politics, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 14-37. 10.1162/glep_a_00503
Hughes, H 2018, Environmental security. in G Kütting & K Herman (eds), Global Environmental Politics: Concepts, Theories and Case Studies, Second Edition. 2 edn, Taylor & Francis, pp. 66-82. 10.4324/9781315179537-5
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