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Dr Sam Randalls
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  • Associate Professor
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS

2007- present
Lecturer in Human Geography, UCL

James Martin Fellow, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

PhD, University of Birmingham (“Firms, finance and the weather: the UK weather derivatives market”)

MSc Research in Human Geography, University of Birmingham

BA Geography, University of Birmingham

Research Groups
Research Summary

My research primarily focuses on the relationships between environments, commerce and science, with a particular focus on weather and climate. This research draws upon debates in geography and science and technology studies about nature-culture, the commercialization of science and nature, and the vexed question of scientific expertise. In my research I aim to trace the emergence of new commercial ventures in/of nature and science such as the weather derivatives market. I also aim to explore debates about climate change in culturally and historically nuanced ways that open up a range of perspectives on climate change that go beyond scientific and technocratic responses.

I am currently involved in researching or writing up research on the following topics

  • A historical study of weather insurance in the UK and US (with James Kneale), exploring an actuarial science of weather from the mid nineteenth to the mid twentieth century
Teaching Summary
GEOG 1006 Ideas in Geography

GEOG2009 Environment and Society

GEOG3070 Environment and Society II


GEOGG043 Politics of Climate Change (convener)

GEOGG067 Changing Landscapes: Nature, Culture, Politics (convener)

GEOGG068 Changing Landscapes: Nature Conservation

GEOGG069 Conservation and Environmental Management (convener)

I also guest lecture on the 'Climate Change and Health' (CIHD) module.

Academic Background
2006   Doctor of Philosophy University of Birmingham
2002   Master of Science University of Birmingham
2001   Bachelor of Arts University of Birmingham
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