Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Twentieth-century histories and media studies on: Science communication and popular science Belief and/or trust in science Science on television and radio The development of the environmental sciences Weather, climate and natural disasters In particular I am interested in taking on postgraduate students who are interested in digital and mixed methodological approaches, and research that straddles the humanities/science divide.


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Dr Alexander Hall is a historian of science and environmental historian who researches the history of science in popular media; exploring how scientists have gained positions of expertise in society, used the media to communicate complex theories to the public, and how non-scientific understandings of the natural environment have interacted with scientific knowledge. He is a Research Fellow on the large multidisciplinary project ‘Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum’; and Co-PI on the International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society project both based at the University of Birmingham.

Dr Hall is also a part of the Birmingham Plastics Network, an interdisciplinary team of more than 40 academics working together to shape the fate and sustainable future of plastics. This unique team brings together chemists, environmental scientists, engineers, philosophers, linguists, economists, artists, writers, lawyers, and experts in many other fields, to holistically address the global plastics problem.

He is currently the President of the International Commission for the History of Meteorology and the History of Science Section Recorder for the British Science Association. 


Research interests

I have a broad range of research interests, including, but not limited to:

  • the history of science on television and radio
  • history of science communication
  • cultural and societal understandings of meteorology, weather and climate
  • histories of the environmental sciences and environmental policy
  • environmental histories of flooding and landscape

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


  • D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
  • history of science
  • environmental history
  • public understanding of science
  • media history
  • history of meteorology


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