Alex Hall

Colleges, School and Institutes


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’ based at the University of Birmingham.

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

Willingness to take 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.