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Dr Hannah Hughes

Dr Hannah Hughes

Lecturer in International Relations

School of Law and Politics

+44 (0)29 2068 8820
0.12, 21 Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3DQ


My research interests stem from my concern for the environment and climate change. I have examined these issues from diverse perspectives, including the securitisation framework and the sociological approach of Pierre Bourdieu. The questions that I have sought to address through these approaches aim to identify the forms of knowledge and power defining environmental problems and how these shape social and political response. To date, my research has largely focused on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and has aimed to illuminate the actors, activities and forms of authority that constitute the IPCC as a practice of assessing climate change. Through this research I have also developed a keen interest in reflective research methods and methodology.

I co-convene the Environmental Justice Research Unit in the School of Law and Politics with Professor Ben Pontin. The aim of this multidisiciplinary group is to support members' research and to challenge our understanding of the social, political and legal conditions of environmental degradation. More information is available on our website and blog.





  • Hughes, H. 2018. Environmental security. In: Kutting, G. and Herman, K. eds. Global Environmental Politics: Concepts, Theories and Case Studies. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 66-82.





  • Coleman, L. M. and Hughes, H. 2014. Distance. In: Aradau, C. et al. eds. Critical Security Methods: New Frameworks for Analysis. Routledge, pp. 142-158.


  • Hughes, H. 2013. The practice of writing. In: Salter, M. B. and Mutlu, J. E. eds. Research Methods in Critical Security Studies: An Introduction. London: Routledge, pp. 93-96.


I currently teach on the level 3 module Global Environmental Politics and the level 2 module Power and Politics of Research Methods.

I am interested in supervising PhD projects in the following areas:

  • Global environmental politics, particularly in climate change and biodiversity loss;
  • Environmental security;
  • Sociological approach of Pierre Bourdieu and International Political Sociology more broadly.

At present I am researching the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) with Dr Alice Vadrot. The aim of our research is to develop new methodological and conceptual apparatus for understanding the role and authority of knowledge in global environmental politics.