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Chris Manktelow

PhD Research Student

 Amory C360


Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK


In 2017, I started my PhD at the University of Exeter on the communication of seasonal climate forecasts at the UK Met Office under the supervision of Dr. Saffron O'Neill, Dr. Karen Bickerstaff and Professor Richard Betts. The project is funded by the ESRC South-West Doctoral Partnership. The research aims to assess whether concepts from actor-network-theory (ANT) and post-ANT can be used to understand how seasonal climate forecasts are communicated. This has involved using ethnographic fieldwork to 'follow' seasonal climate forecasts as they are communicated in order to analyse how the message changes. I hope that the research will help to improve how scientists communicate seasonal climate forecasts and contribute to academic discussion about the geographies of knowledge and climate change. 


BA Geography- First Class (Hons)- University of Exeter

MRes Critical Human Geographies- Distinction- University of Exeter

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Research interests

My research specialisms include the communication of weather forecasts, climate change communication, geographies of knowledge and the relationship between human and physical geography, 

Research projects

Project Title: An Outlook Multiple: The Communication of the UK Met Office’s 3-Month Outlook 

Supervisors: Dr. Saffron O'Neill, Dr. Karen Bickerstaff, Professor Richard Betts

Project Description

Seasonal climate forecasts provide information about future climate variability from a month up to a year ahead. Existing research suggests that stakeholders often find seasonal climate forecasts difficult to understand and use in their decision-making. However, little is currently known about how seasonal climate forecasts form and travel from one place to another. I therefore use concepts from actor-network theory (ANT) and post-ANT to follow the 3-month outlook, which is a seasonal climate forecast issued by the UK Met Office. Drawing upon ethnographic fieldwork at the Met Office, I argue that the 3-month outlook is not a self-contained message but a set of associations that form between actors that have multiple and fluid identities. I propose that the communication of seasonal climate forecasts can be improved by using presentation formats and dissemination approaches that recognise and respond to how forecasts travel and move.  


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