Logo for Climate Social Science Network (CSSN)


Hannah Hughes

Cardiff University

Based in

United Kingdom

Hannah’s research interests stem from her concern with global environmental degradation. She is particularly interested in identifying the different forms of knowledge and power defining environmental problems and how these shape social and political response. To date, her 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, Hannah has developed a keen interest in research methods and in developing new concepts and methodologies to interrogate social and political organisation that degrades the planet.

How to Connect



Hughes, H and M. Paterson. 2020. Key tensions in the IPCC. SAMFUNDSØKONOMEN 4/201.

Hughes, H., Suiseeya, K. R. M. and Vadrot, A. B. M. 2019. Special section: Methodological innovation in the study of global environmental agreement making. Global Environmental Politics 19(2).

Hughes, H. and Vadrot, A. B. M. 2019. Weighting the world: IPBES and the struggle over biocultural diversity. Global Environmental Politics 19(2), pp. 14-37. (10.1162/glep_a_00503)

Hughes, H. and Paterson, M. 2017. Narrowing the climate field: the Symbolic power of authors in the IPCC’s assessment of mitigation. Review of Policy Research 34(6), pp. 744-766. (10.1111/ropr.12255/)

Corbera, E.et al. 2016. Patterns of authorship in the IPCC Working Group III report. Nature Climate Change 6, pp. 94-99. (10.1038/nclimate2782)

Hughes, H. 2015. Bourdieu and the IPCC’s symbolic power. Global Environmental Politics 15(4), pp. 85-104. (10.1162/GLEP_a_00323)

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.