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Noam Obermeister MSc

Noam Obermeister MSc

PhD student

Noam's main areas of interest are in science-policy, environmental and climate politics, the history and sociology of science, bioethics and science communication.



  • October 2018 - Present: PhD in Geography, University of Cambridge.
  • October 2017 - February 2018: Intern - Technical Support Unity (TSU) for Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
  • April - July 2016: Researcher - Greater Mekong, Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS).

For more information please visit my LinkedIn page.


  • MSc in Environment, Politics and Society with Distinction, University College London.
  • BA in International Politics with First Class Honours, King's College London.


Noam's PhD focuses on the institutions of advice-giving in UK climate and environmental science-policy. Specifically, he is interested in how scientists' expectations of their role as advisers are (tacitly) challenged and negotiated. He has experience in strategic consultancy, business intelligence, and editorial work. He holds a BA in International Politics from King's College London and an MSc in Environment, Politics, and Society from University College London. His PhD is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

External websites: LinkedIn, ResearchGate,


  • Honeybun-Arnolda, E., & Obermeister, N. (2018). A Climate for Change: Millennials, Science and the Humanities. Environmental Communication, 1–8. doi:10.1080/17524032.2018.1500927
  • Hulme, M., Obermeister, N., Randalls, S., & Borie, M. (2018). Framing the challenge of climate change in Nature and Science editorials. Nature Climate Change, 8(6), 515–521. doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0174-1
  • Obermeister, N. (2018). Local knowledge, global ambitions: IPBES and the advent of multi-scale models and scenarios. Sustainability Science. doi:10.1007/s11625-018-0616-8
  • Reviriego, I. D., Balian, E., Beck, S., Darbi, M., Hauck, J., Hudson, C., … Neßhöver, C. (2018). Five years of IPBES-reflecting the achievements and challenges and identifying needs for its review towards a 2nd work programme. doi:10.13140/rg.2.2.35913.65121
  • Obermeister, N. (2017). From dichotomy to duality: Addressing interdisciplinary epistemological barriers to inclusive knowledge governance in global environmental assessments. Environmental Science & Policy, 68, 80–86. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2016.11.010


  • Supervisions - Part II: Paper 5 Environmental Knowledges & the Politics of Expertise (EKPE).

External activities

  • Active member - Local Knowledges Collaboratory.
  • Facilitation and Theming for the IPBES Web Conference on Land Degradation and Restoration Knowledge Gaps and Needs.
  • Participant - 3-day workshop organised by the UFZ Science-Policy Expert Group, in Leipzig: Five years of IPBES – reflecting the achievements and challenges and identifying needs for its review towards a 2nd work programme.
  • Acted as Reviewer - Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research and WIREs Climate Change.