Name: David Hirst
Year of PhD: 3 of 3
Thesis Topic: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Funding Body: ESRC
ANNOUNCEMENT: David has recently submitted his thesis to his examiners. Well done!
(We are Not remotely jealous)
I am a third year PhD student at CHSTM conducting research into the emergence of the science and politics of climate change in the 1980s. To do this my research focuses on the establishment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988 and its subsequent role in the negotiations of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). My thesis traces the roots of a nascent international environmental policy regime, and the context through which scientific concerns over climate change were translated into the political sphere in the late 1980s.
Prior to starting my PhD at CHSTM I completed a Master’s degree at the London Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (now defunct) where my thesis looked at the media coverage of the ‘Climategate’ controversy circa November 2009. And in a past life I was an analytical chemist working for an environmental testing company.