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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Alice Hague

Alice Hague
Alice Hague
Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Environment, Climate change, community activism, faith-based activism, advocacy, mobilisation, environmental politics, environmental ethics, UK, USA, Sweden

PhD Title

Faithful advocates: Faith communities and environmental activism in Scotland.

My research interests take an interdisciplinary approach, and focus broadly on community engagement in climate change and environmental issues. I have recently taken up a postdoctoral position at The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen.


  • BSc (Hons) Applied and Environmental Biology, University of York, UK
  • MSc Communicating Science, University of Glamorgan, UK
  • MDiv Divinity, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL, USA
  • PhD Politics, University of Edinburgh, UK

PhD Supervisors: Prof Elizabeth Bomberg (School of Social and Political Science) and Prof Michael Northcott (School of Divinity)

PhD Research: My research investigates the engagement of Christian communities in environmental issues. Looking particularly at local activities, I am investigating the motivations behind faith-based communities' involvement and am considering the opportunities and challenges for their engagement. My PhD is an interdisciplinary research project across the School of Social and Political Science and the School of Divinity.

Awards/funding: My PhD was funded through an AHRC PhD Studentship and was part of the project "Caring for the Future through the Past" ( I made a successful application  to the university's Researcher-Led Initiative Fund to establish 'Writing Bootcamps' for colleagues within the School of Social and Political Science (2015-2016).

Previous awards: BBSRC Masters Studentship (MSc) and Presidential Scholarship (MDiv).  

Related experience: I previously worked as a diplomat for the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and was responsible for climate change, environment and innovation policy issues at the British Embassy in Stockholm from 2003-2008. I was seconded to the climate change team at the Swedish Ministry for the Environment in 2008-2009 and was a delegate to the UNFCCC climate change negotiations during this period.


  • Sustainable Development 2a (2014-2015; 2017-2018)
  • Research Methods: Data Collection (2015-2018) (postgraduate) (senior tutor & lecturer)
  • Research Design in Politics and International Relations (2017-2018)
  • Cases in Sustainable Development (2016-2017)
  • Guest lecturer: Global Environment: Key Issues (postgraduate); Science and Society (2016-2017)

I am an Associate Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Recent Publications:

Elizabeth Bomberg and Alice Hague (2018). 'Faith-based climate action in Christian congregations: mobilisation and spiritual resources.' Local Environment 23(5): 582-596. DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2018.1449822

Conference Presentations:

  • March 2018: "Radical Ecological Conversion After Laudato Si", Rome, Italy.
  • September 2017: "Faith communities and enviromental activism." Ecclesiology and Ethnography Conference, Durham, UK.
  • May 2017: "Rediscovering the power of community". Conference on Faith Communities and Environmental Activism, Edinburgh, UK.
  • April 2017: "Climate mobilisation in the church" with Prof. E. Bomberg. Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK.
  • June 2016: Presented and participated at the ECPR Summer School in Environmental Politics and Policy at Sciences Po, Lille, France.
  • March 2016: "Faith-based communities and environmental action." Political Studies Association, Brighton, UK.
  • January 2016: "Faithful advocates: an ethnography of church-based environmentalism in Scotland." International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture conference, Gainesville, Florida.
  • April 2014: "Climate Change and the Church" with Dr E. Bomberg. Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Manchester, UK.

Conference Participation:

  • March 2014: "Greening the Gods: Ecology and Theology in the Ancient World", Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge, UK.
  • January 2013: Panelist at Sojourners/WEA Environmental Leadership Retreat. Washington, D.C.


  • 2014-2016 - Co-convenor of the Global Environment & Society Academy Doctoral Network at the University of Edinburgh.
  • June 2015 - Co-organiser of "Future Connections 2015: Sustainability Research In Action" conference for PhDs and ECRs across Scotland.
  • I am a member of the Political Studies Association (PSA) and an active participant of its specialist group on Environmental Politics.