Climatic Change

, Volume 113, Issue 1, pp 55–66

On climate change and cultural geography: farming on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, UK


DOI: 10.1007/s10584-012-0417-5

Cite this article as:
Geoghegan, H. & Leyson, C. Climatic Change (2012) 113: 55. doi:10.1007/s10584-012-0417-5


Climate change as a global problem has moved relatively swiftly into high profile political debates over the last 20 years or so, with a concomitant diffusion from the natural sciences into the social sciences. The study of the human dimensions of climate change has been growing in momentum through research which attempts to describe, evaluate, quantify and model perceptions of climate change, understand more about risk and assess the construction of policy. Cultural geographers’ concerns with the construction of knowledge, the workings of social relations in space and the politics and poetics of place-based identities provide a lens through which personal, collective and institutional responses to climate change can be evaluated using critical and interpretative methodologies. Adopting a cultural geography approach, this paper examines how climate change as a particular environmental discourse is constructed through memory, observation and conversation, as well as materialised in farming practices on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, UK.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geography, College of Life and Environmental SciencesUniversity of ExeterExeterUK