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Martin Mahony

Martin Mahony

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Martin Mahony was a visiting fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Fall 2012. His current research focuses on the epistemic geographies of climate change, including the practices and politics of scientific assessment and simulation modelling. While at Harvard, Martin is working on a case study of science-policy relationships in Indian climate politics.

Martin is currently completing his PhD research at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK, where he has been studying the norms and practices of scientific assessment within the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is interested in the spaces of interaction between science and politics, such as texts, images, cities and states. Martin is currently conducting case studies on the IPCC’s review process, the visualisation of climate change impacts, the production of scientific knowledge in Copenhagen prior to 2009’s highly anticipated international climate negotiations, and the relationship between emerging epistemic practices and political imaginations of climate change in India.

Martin is a member of the Science, Society & Sustainability (3S) research group at UEA, which aims to conduct engaged, reflexive and interdisciplinary research on the relationships between science, politics and society. Within 3S he contributes to the group blog (The Merton Stone) and co-edits the 3S Working Paper Series. With fellow 3S member and Harvard STS fellow Helen Pallett, Martin runs a research blog at
Prior to his PhD research, Martin completed an MRes in Environmental Social Science at UEA. His dissertation investigated the international mobility of a climate modelling tool and its relationship to the politics of climate change adaptation. Before coming to UEA Martin received a BA (Hons) in Geography from Oxford University.

Mahony, M. & Hulme, M. (2012) ‘Model migrations: mobility and boundary crossings in regional climate prediction’. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 37 (2): 197-211

Mahony, M. & Hulme, M. (forthcoming) ‘The colour of risk: an exploration of the IPCC’s ‘burning embers’ diagram’. Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science.

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