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Dr Hannah Hughes

Dr Hannah Hughes

Lecturer in International Relations

School of Law and Politics

+44 (0)29 2068 8820
0.15A, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX


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 Centre for Environmental Justice 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.


I completed my PhD in the International Politics department at Aberstwyth University in 2012 and then joined Cardiff University in January 2016 after taking some time out of academia to start a family.




  • 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 convene the level 3 Global Environmental Politics module and the PGT research methods module.

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

  • Global environmental politics, particularly in climate change and biodiversity loss
  • The relationship between science and politics
  • Global environmental negotations
  • Pierre Bourdieu and International Political Sociology inspired methodologies
  • Environmental security

At present I am working in collaboration with Dr Alice Vadrot at the University of Vienna exploring the importance of methodological innovation in the study of global environmental negotiations and the knowledge bodies that inform these, such  as the IPCC and IPBES. We have a forthcoming edited volume that will be published by Cambridge University Press. The book offers agreement-making as a new framework for conducting research of the actors, sites, processes and order-making that constitute environmental negotiaitons and the outcomes they produce.

From January 2022 I will be co-investigator on a new ESRC funded project that aims to study how, when, and with what effects governments attempt to shape the production and uptake of IPCC reports. The project will be led by Patrick Bayer at Stratcylde University and Erlend Andre Tveiten Hermansen at Cicero will be co-investigator.

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