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Noam Obermeister MSc

PhD student

Noam’s main areas of interest are in environmental and climate policy, science-policy interfacing, and science communication.

Aside from academia, Noam has experience in strategic consultancy, business intelligence, and editorial work. He is pursuing training in professional facilitation. He holds a BA in International Politics from King’s College London and an MSc in Environment, Politics, and Society from UCL.



Relevant work experience:

  • October 2018 – Present: PhD in Geography, University of Cambridge.
  • September 2020 – December 2020: Consultant: Strategy Research Analyst, UNDP Green Commodities Programme (GCP).
  • 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.


In his PhD project, Noam seeks to answer the following question: what and how do experts learn from their encounters with the policy world? He suggests doing so through the study of both individual experiences and institutions (e.g. advisory committees). The focus of the PhD is on the case of environmental and climate science-policy in the UK. His PhD is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

External websites: @NObermeister, LinkedIn, ResearchGate,, ORCID, Publons


Peer-reviewed publications

  • Borie, M., Mahony, M., Obermeister, N., & Hulme, M. (2021). Knowing like a global expert organization: Comparative insights from the IPCC and IPBES. Global Environmental Change, 68, 102261.
  • Obermeister, N. (2020). Tapping into science advisers’ learning. Palgrave Communications, 6, 74.
  • Borie, M., Gustafsson, K. M., Obermeister, N., Turnhout, E., & Bridgewater, P. (2020). Institutionalising reflexivity? Transformative learning and the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Environmental Science & Policy, 110, 71–76.
  • Honeybun-Arnolda, E., & Obermeister, N. (2019). A Climate for Change: Millennials, Science and the Humanities. Environmental Communication, 13(1), 1–8. doi:10.1080/17524032.2018.1500927
  • Obermeister, N. (2019). Local knowledge, global ambitions: IPBES and the advent of multi-scale models and scenarios. Sustainability Science, 14(3), 843–856. doi: 10.1007/s11625-018-0616-8
  • 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. (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

Other publications


  • Seminar Leader – MPhil in Anthropocene Studies
  • Supervisions – Part II: Paper 5 Environmental Knowledges & the Politics of Expertise (EKPE).

External activities

  • Co-convenor – Geographies of Knowledge research group, University of Cambridge (2018-2019).
  • Member – Local Knowledges Collaboratory.
  • Facilitation and Theming – IPBES Web Conference on Land Degradation and Restoration Knowledge Gaps and Needs.
  • Observer – 7th Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
  • 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.
  • Participant – 2-day (online) workshop on IPBES and transformative change organised by UFZ and iDiv.
  • Acted as Reviewer for: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Sociology, Environmental Science & Policy, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, and WIREs Climate Change (Verified by Publons).