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’; 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

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.