Weather Talk

In the UK at least, talking about the weather has been described as a national obsession. Natural history writer, Richard Mabey, describes the almost daily use of coded phrases about what the weather was, is, and forecast to be, as a heartening acknowledgement that we’re all in the weather together. Of course we should be preoccupied, he exclaims. 

Through the weathered lives project, we have been able to connect with a number of weather thought leaders. In this podcast series, we are excited to share some of the highlights of our discussions so far. We hope you enjoy the podcasts and do get in touch if you would like to share your own weather wonderings!


Dr Astrida Nemanis

On Weathering

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Dr Kaya Barry

15 May 2021

On weather, spaces, mobilities and affects

Dr Kaya Barry is a cultural geographer and artist based in the Griffith Centre for Social Cultural Research at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. Kaya talks about her research on weather mobilities and provides an overview of her recently co-edited collection (with Maria Borovnik and Tim Edensor) titled ‘Weather: Spaces, Mobilities and Affects’ published by Routledge.

Dr Gareth Hoskins

14 May 2021

On the California Santa Ana winds

Dr Gareth Hoskins from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the Aberystwyth University discusses knowing weather through environmental histories and the politics of memory. His research on Californian mining memories, and the Santa Ana winds draws attention to weather cultures and how these change over  time.

Dr Sarah Bell

8 Dec 2020

On weather, wellbeing, and lockdown

Dr Sarah Bell from the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter, offers a poignant reflection on the interweaving of weather and wellbeing in the era of Covid-19.

Dr Tonya Rooney

12 Nov 2020

On weather wandering with children

Dr Tonya Rooney from the School of education and the Australian Catholic University in Canberra discusses her research on how children experience climate change.

Dr Astrida Nemanis

12 Nov 2020

On Weathering

Dr Astrida Nemanis from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, discusses the concept of weathering as a way of understanding how bodies, places and the weather are all inter-implicated in our climate-changing world.

Dr Barry Sheils

12 Nov 2020

On meteorological modernism

Dr Barry Sheils, Associate Director in the Centre for Culture and Ecology at Durham University discusses the cultural significance of weather forecasting through a reading of literary texts and commentary on the development of weather science.


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